Properties and benefits

The 3-Heights™ Document Converter is scalable and supports load balancing.

The solution can be integrated into existing application landscapes and is easily adapted to suit specific requirements. Robust application management achieves high service availability and low maintenance expenditure.

 

 

Performance characteristics

  • Highly scalable distributed architecture (multi-tier)
  • Robust operation with monitoring and both automatic and periodical precautionary application restarts
  • Verification function for ensuring strict ISO standard compliance and monitoring (Validator)
  • Modular design extendible via plug-ins
  • Application integration via API and web service
  • Downstream document enhancement for OCR, digital signatures, assembly, validation and much more
  • Automatic gatekeeper function
  • Cloud-ready

Features

  • Conversion of a variety of formats, such as Office documents, to PDF/A and TIFF
  • Conversion of emails and websites *
  • Support for nested containers such as emails with ZIP attachments that also contain a number of emails
  • Support for proprietary formats *
  • Digital signature
  • Encryption
  • Fast web-view thanks to linearization
  • Metadata management
  • Merge files
  • Compliance check
  • Load balancing *
  • OCR (optional)
Functionality graphic 3-Heights™ Document Converter

Interfaces

  • Watched file folders
  • Watched email folders via IMAP*
  • Shell extension for Windows Explorer*
  • Command line for batch processing*
  • API*
  • Web-service*

* only available in Enterprise Edition

Incoming mail

Incoming file scans and emails are received by the 3-Heights™ Document Converter inbox. Email messages and all the attachments are merged to form one single document. Optionally, it can recognize text via OCR, supplement metadata, add digital signatures, compress files and condition them for further processing within the company.

Outgoing mail

The 3-Heights™ Document Converter employed in email dispatch converts digital documents to PDF/A or PDF prior to sending.

Archiving

The archive module of the 3-Heights™ Document Converter processes digital documents from all areas of the company. These can be emails, websites, Office documents or other documents. It converts them to a standard format, completes metadata and checks the result for compliance with the standard. As a gatekeeper it ensures that only compliant documents are transferred to the long-term archive.

Other areas of use

  • Archive migration
  • Online conversion service
  • Company-wide conversion portal

 

 

Input formats

  • Microsoft Office documents
  • Documents from older versions of Microsoft Office
  • Simple text
  • WordPerfect
  • HTML
  • EMF
  • Outlook (MSG)
  • PDF
  • Image files (TIFF, JPEG, PNG, JBIG2, JPX, GIF, BMP, etc.)
  • ZIP and TAR archives
  • Internet Mail Message Format *
  • Plug-ins for customer-specific formats *

Output formats

  • PDF/A
  • PDF
  • TIFF

Compliance

  • Standards:

    • ISO 19005‑1 (PDF/A‑1)
    • ISO 19005‑2 (PDF/A‑2)
    • ISO 19005‑3 (PDF/A‑3)
    • ISO 32000 (PDF 1.7)
    • TIFF V6

  • Isartor Testsuite
  • ZUGFeRD-compliant

Installation requirements (server)

  • Windows Server 2008 R2, 2012, 2012 R2 - 64 bit
  • Microsoft .NET 4.5.2
  • Microsoft Office 2010 or higher

Options

* only available in Enterprise Edition

Operating Systems

  • Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10
  • Windows Server 2008 R2, 2012, 2012 R2 – 64 Bit

Interfaces

  • Watched file folders
  • Watched email folders via IMAP
  • Command line for batch processing
  • API
  • Shell extension for Windows Explorer
  • Office Add-Ins

Programming languages

A selection of the following connections to programming languages is available:

  • C and C++ via native C
  • C#, VB .NET, J# via .NET
  • Java via JNI
  • MS Visual Basic, VBA and C++ via COM

Product Variants

  • SME Edition
  • Enterprise Edition

Enterprise edition

The Enterprise Edition of the 3‑Heights™ Document Converters not only offers the conversion of the common work documents, such as Office documents, to PDF, but also the conversion of entire websites and emails. This makes it especially suitable for processing incoming mail and for archiving emails with attachments and Office documents in the long term. Additional formats can be added thanks to its plug-in architecture.

The Enterprise Edition features an API and a web-service, which allows a simple and quick integration in existing environments. Due to its high speed, availability and scalability it can be implemented as a ready-to-use solution in companies of any size.

SME edition

The Small-Medium Enterprise Edition offers all essential features that are required for the document conversion to PDF/A or TIFF by small and medium companies, which do not maintain their own IT department. Besides Office documents, all common image formats can be converted and there is an option to integrate an OCR engine.

This variety of formats enables secure incoming and downstream processing as well as long-term archiving in PDF or PDF/A format. The optional digital signature functionality guarantees document authenticity and integrity.

The SME Edition does not require Terminal Server and allows an interactive monitoring and operating of the service.

Product Editions 3-Heights™ Document Converter

Interfaces Enterprise Small-Medium
Enterprise
Watched file folders
Watched Email folders (via IMAP)
GUI Client
Shell Extension for Windows Explorer
Command Line Tool
Programming Interface (API)
MS Word / Outlook Add-Ins
Web-service IIS
.NET Plugin
VB Script Plugin
Added Value Functions    
Optional Text Recognition (OCR)***
Merge PDF Files
Conformance Validation
Digital Signature
Encryption
Fast Web Viewing
File compression
Embedding of Metadata
Stamping
Document Pre-processing
XSL Transformations
Input formats    
MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Visio*
Open Office, Libre Office*
Email [with attachments(*)] (MSG, EML, MIME)**
Plain Text (ASCII, UNICODE), WordPerfect
PDF
Image Formats: BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG, TIFF, JB2, JP2, JPX, PBM
Nestet Containers: ZIP, TAR, RAR
Websites: URL
HTML
Custom specific extensions: e.g. CAD
Output formats    
TIFF V6, TIFF JPEG TN2
PDF 1.7
PDF/A-1a, PDF/A-1b
PDF/A-2a, PDF/A-2b, PDF/A-2u
PDF/A-3a, PDF/A-3b, PDF/A-3u
ZIP-Archives (TIFF or PDF or PDF/A)
Platforms    
Windows Server (Windows Server 2008 or higher)
Windows Client (Windows 7 or higher)
Performance and Maintenance    
Number of Clients unlimited unlimited
Dispatcher Service
Number of Worker Sessions (scale up) 1 to n 1
Distributed Worker Sessions / Multiple Servers (scale out) 1 to n 1
Windows Terminal Server Sessions
Monitoring

* Requires Office (MS Office or LibreOffice)
** Requires MS Outlook
*** Requires 3-Heights™ OCR Service

References 3-Heights™ Document Converter