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Muhimbi Case Studies

Posted at: 18:07 on 23 July 2012 by Muhimbi

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Our PDF Converter for SharePoint has been deployed on thousands of servers all over the world. With figures like this it is sometimes easy to lose track of individual customers, especially as we never actually end up speaking to many of them.

As talking to, and listening to, our customers is very important to us we have recently reached out to a number of them and carried out some interview style case studies.

The results have been very insightful. Listed below is an overview of all case studies. Additional ones will be added shortly.

  • SharePoint Gurus & Hansen Yuncken
    Between itgroove’s nomination, and the victories of Provoke and SharePoint Gurus, we are ecstatic that our PDF Converter for SharePoint was so heavily represented in projects at the first annual Nintex Partner Awards this year! After hearing the winning announcement we caught up with Ivan Wilson, founder of SharePoint Gurus, to hear more about the massive project his team worked on with their client Hansen Yuncken, entitled the HYway Project.
     
  • European Investment Bank – “Go Green” using the PDF Converter for SharePoint
    …One of the first steps in this process was to go as paperless as possible, exchanging manual processes for electronic processes (thus making for a more “green” way of working and easier for remote solutions, per EIB’s objectives). From this realization, a 9 month exploration and analysis phase lead to adopting SharePoint wherein Nintex Workflows would also be utilized. The adoption of Muhimbi’s PDF Converter for SharePoint came not long after in realizing we wanted to convert different document types to PDF…
     
  • itgroove & BCFerries
    Back in early 2012 we knew from our conversations with itgroove, a Microsoft consultancy specializing in SharePoint, that our PDF Converter for SharePoint was going to play an integral role in the major project they conducted for their client, BC Ferries.  In June we were incredibly pleased to see this project become nominated for the first annual Nintex awards!  
     
  • Xylos ICT & Umicore
    In discussing the release of version 6.0 of the PDF Converter for SharePoint with long-time client Steven Moens at Xylos, we also talked about our history of working together, a partnership that started when Xylos recommended the PDF Converter for SharePoint for their end-client, Umicore.
     
  • ProcessFusion & Hospital Solution
    …I can just say that ease of doing business with Muhimbi as well as ease of use of their software is paramount if you’re an integrator or a consultant. From start to finish we were about a week between downloading the trial, asking questions, and ultimately making our recommendations to the client. It’s just amazing we were able to do that. There’s just not enough time in the day to evaluate new tools and the experience working with Muhimbi was a huge value to us. Finally, the product works; it does exactly what it says it will and those are all fabulous attributes to have…. 
     
  • Nviron, Havmain & Semperian
    We spoke with Howard Kelly, SharePoint Specialist over Nviron in early April 2016, about how these successful projects leverage both Formotus, for mobile forms capture, and the Muhimbi PDF Converter for SharePoint Online.
     

 

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Using Muhimbi’s PDF Converter with Office 2013

Posted at: 10:48 on 19 July 2012 by Muhimbi

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Very few people will have missed the Office 2013 announcement earlier this week, exciting times!

As MS-Office, or rather the conversion of its file formats, is our bread and butter, we immediately installed it in our test lab and ran it through its paces using version 6.0 of our software.

Everything is working great, with the exception of a single MS-Word issue, which we have implemented a workaround for in version 6.1 of our software

Whatever you do, please make sure you install the full  ‘msi’ version of Office on your conversion server, not the streaming / click to run versions.

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Invoke 3rd party converters using Muhimbi’s PDF Converter

Posted at: 15:24 on 16 July 2012 by Muhimbi

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Muhimbi’s range of PDF Conversion products has had the ability to add custom converters for a long time. Although these plug-ins work very well, if you are not a developer, or you are not familiar with .net based development, then implementing a custom converter may be less than trivial.

We were recently approached by one of our defence industry customers who has exactly this problem. They really like Muhimbi’s friendly and scalable web services interface, but they were looking to add support  for a number of niche file formats (hp, hpg, hpgl, hpgl2, plt, cgm, mlr) that are currently not supported by our products. Writing converter’s for individual file formats is not trivial, to say the least. Fortunately they have Siemens Teamcenter, which comes with ‘visconvert’, a basic command line application that does have support for these file formats

To allow existing, 3rd party, converters to be hooked into the Muhimbi PDF Converter engine we developed a new and generic Command Line Converter that acts as a wrapper for existing software. This new facility is available as of version 6.1 and as you can see in the following config file fragment it is very simple to setup.
 

<add key="CommandLineConverter"
     description="Converts using 3rd party executables"
     fidelity="Full"
     supportedExtensions="hp,hpg,hpgl,hpgl2,plt,cgm,mlr"
     supportedOutputFormats="pdf"
     type="Muhimbi.DocumentConverter.WebService.CommandLineConverter,
           Muhimbi.DocumentConverter.WebService, Version=1.0.1.1, Culture=neutral, 
PublicKeyTo
ken=c9db4759c9eaad12"
     parameter="c:\splm\vis20072\VVCP\prepare.exe | -PDF {0} -combine -page all -out {1} –overwrite 
-size {Parameter
1}"/>

 
The parameters are as follows:

  1. key: Give the converter a unique name in case multiple Command Line Converters are in use. Otherwise accept the default value.
  2. description: The description of the converter exposed via the web services API. As, for example, displayed in our SharePoint Central Administration screen.
  3. supportedExtensions: A list of input file formats supported by this converter.
  4. supportedOutputFormats: The file formats the converter can generate. This is not limited to just PDF as our software fully supports cross-conversion.
  5. type: Do not touch.
  6. parameter: The location of the 3rd party converter and the arguments to send to it. Note that these 2 values are separated by a vertical pipe character ‘|’. The arguments section supports the following parameters:
    • {0}: This will automatically be replaced with the full path to the input file.
    • {1}: This will automatically be replaced with the full path and filename where the output file should be generated.
    • {Parameter1}, {Parameter2}….{Parameter10}: Optional parameters that  can be passed in via the web services interface using ConverterSpecificSettings_CommandLineConverter. Use this to pass proprietary information to the third party converter such as page size or special processing instructions.

That is all there is to it. Once everything has been configured, all mapped file formats will be picked up automatically and treated exactly the same as all other file formats supported by the Muhimbi PDF Converter.

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