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Document Conversion For Canadian Mounties


Snowbound Software has updated its RasterMaster document viewing and conversion SDK for the .NET platform with enhancements designed to speed file transfers.

The product's color detection functionality enables file size reduction in multi-page documents that are mainly text-based but contain some color or gray-scale images. The SDK has now caught up to support .NET Framework 4.0 x64 and x32 applications and includes a .NET Framework 4.0 build of the RasterMaster library with new methods and samples.

Essentially the product exists to add document and image processing features to developers' .NET 4.0 Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) controls. Programmers may look to use this product when tasked with implementing document viewing/conversion features and functions into their enterprise's ECM or BPM systems.

RasterMaster .NET also provides support to process XML Paper Specification (XPS) documents. Snowbound's RasterMaster SDK is used to develop the firm's VirtualViewer line of viewing and conversion applications.

If this all sounds a little dull and grey, Dr. Dobb's has learned that this is the software that Passport Canada uses to scan your car license plate at the border, process facial recognition at the airport, process your passport application and scan your passport at Canadian customs — all of which happens from a Sybase PowerBuilder-based application.

Snowbound's SDKs are available for a variety of platform integrations including Java, Windows (.NET, DLL, and ActiveX), and UNIX. Code libraries are provided along with format support (embedded within), to enable developers to create and integrate document/image conversion and viewing functionality into existing enterprise applications and workflow environments such as Enterprise Content Management (ECM) systems, Business Process Automation, and other solutions designed to manage the document lifecycle.


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