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2 Overview This presentation will be answering these main questions about AutoDoc: What does it do? What is it? How does it do it? Starting from the finish – this is the most effective way to explain AutoDoc.

3 What does it do? Consider the familiar scenario… 1.Your financial software creates an invoice. 2.The user (Peter McKenzie from XYZ Electrical) elects to print it. 3.Without AutoDoc, the invoice hits the printer tray like this...

4 Note the highlighted areas weve chosen to represent key information for this example.

5 With AutoDoc installed, instead of the invoice hitting the printer tray, its sent, completely automatically......and the invoice is attached like this...

6 Note the letterhead, which is added automatically as part of the print operation.

7 If the debtor prefers to receive invoices by fax rather than (or in addition to) , printing the invoice would produce, and send, this......where the invoice is the second page of the fax transmission

8 As well as: ing, and Faxing...the single print operation can also archive a PDF copy of the invoice. Where? And under what filename?

9 As in the and fax functions, you can use the key information from the document. For example: None of these folders existed before the print operation.

10 In addition to the single print job producing: s, Faxes, and Archive files...you can, of course, also print a hard copy.

11 What is it? To the end user, AutoDoc is simply another printer which can be selected to handle a print job. AutoDoc printers are virtual copies of existing printers, including those printers settings.

12 AutoDoc also has a multi-tab configuration console which allows the administrator to define what delivery methods should be applied to a document.

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14 How does it do it? Key concepts/entities: Metadata Font Colour Textual Commands Variables Forms

15 Metadata: Data about data Came into prominence with XML Is the driving force behind XML – allows data to have meaning as well as content.

16 XML uses tags like invoice to encode a text string with meaning AutoDoc does not use XML, but is based on the same metadata principle – text is encoded so AutoDoc knows when, for example, a document is an invoice AutoDoc uses colour to encode metadata

17 How does it do it? Key concepts/entities: Metadata Font Colour Textual Commands Variables Forms

18 Font Colour: Using our earlier example, the invoice text Tax Invoice 1038 may be produced from a report writer as Tax Invoice AutoDoc is then configured to recognise red text as representing document type, and green text as representing document number.

19 Why use font colour? Simplicity Many applications are capable of producing coloured text Allows integration of AutoDoc with existing tools and processes, with minimal change required

20 How is font colour recognised? Using the RGB (Reg/Green/Blue) settings.

21 Now consider these RGB settings: 255, 255, 255 = white = invisible 0,0,0 = black (like this) 10,10,10 = not quite black (like this!) So, looking at our invoice again...

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23 Font Colour Summary: Built in to many applications Can be report driven (e.g. automatically coloured output from a report writer) Any pre-existing content can be colour coded, or new content can be added and hidden in white text You can define the colours for which AutoDoc looks

24 How does it do it? Key concepts/entities: Metadata Font Colour Textual Commands Variables Forms

25 Textual Commands: Four main command types: 1. address 2.Fax number 3.Form number 4.Language identifier Form number tells AutoDoc which set of configuration settings to apply Language identifier tells AutoDoc which of the language tabs to use for body text and fax cover page text (e.g. EN for English FR for French)

26 The trigger for the recognition of textual commands is colour based – you tell AutoDoc the colour in which the commands are coded. The default setting is white.

27 How does it do it? Key concepts/entities: Metadata Font Colour Textual Commands Variables Forms

28 Variables: Used to construct dynamic content on the fly. Allow you to define a template which is populated differently for each circumstance. In the invoice example, document type and user full name were two variables used.

29 Two main types: 1.Predefined system variables E.g. date/time stamps, user information such as phone number 2.User-defined variables E.g. document type, account number Always based on document content Identified by RGB settings of document content 20 variables available Names and RGB settings are user-defined.

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32 Variables can be used in templates for document delivery. In addition to this, variables can also be used as content to use in an optional XML attachment. Trim function allows portions of variable content to be used.

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34 How does it do it? Key concepts/entities: Metadata Font Colour Textual Commands Variables Forms

35 Forms (templates): Contain delivery configuration settings AutoDoc knows which form to apply since the form number is specified in the source document as a textual command 99 different forms available The 20 user-defined variables are re- definable in each form (=99x20 variables)

36 All of these areas can be configured on a form-by-form basis

37 Delivery Features Built in client Microsoft® Fax or Symantec® WinFax® Multiple means of storing copies of sent documents/ s/faxes Definable user info can be incorporated into deliveries Letterheads definable on first page and subsequent page basis

38 Letterheads optionally applied to , fax, archive, and print output, with no pre-printing cost can be plain text or HTML-rich content Definable PDF quality for attachments CC and BCC capability User profile-overrides for sending

39 Faxes can be scheduled as per fax service options User profile-overrides for sending faxes Multiple archive paths available per print job Existing archive documents can be overwritten or appended to Two modes of printing: multi-drop and exception-based (if not sent or ed)

40 Deployment Personal and Server editions. Regardless of which edition, AutoDoc only needs to be installed on one machine. In a network environment, the AutoDoc printer is simply set up as a shared printer.


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