is a platform-independent software product that creates,
delivers, stores, and retrieves graphically enhanced documents from ERP application printing.
A complete, end-to-end document management solution, UnForm interfaces at the
point of printing to produce documents in various formats for printing and electronic
delivery. Exact replicas of these documents can be stored in a secure archive for later
retrieval by users via a web browser interface, or via a powerful command line API,
allowing document access to be built into any application. External documents, such
as scanned invoices or signed delivery documents, can be imported into archive
libraries for further workflow automation.
Unform 8.0 is a powerful, flexible, and comprehensive document management product.
The latest version, UnForm 9.0, is now available.
UnForm has been successfully integrated with applications in dozens of programming
languages, including BBx, C, Cobol, Informix, Open Basic, Oracle, Pick/Multi-value,
Progress, ProvideX, Thoroughbred, and Uni-Basic.
Pre-defined rule files for many applications, including Addon, Appgen, Counterpoint, FACTS, OSAS, and SX.e, have been
developed to simplify implementation in these popular environments.
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UnForm can work with any text, PDF, or PostScript input stream, including legacy ERP print data or XML output from other
applications. This data triggers jobs that detect, format, and generate graphically enhanced documents
in PCL5, PostScript, PDF, and other formats. Documents can be printed to laser printers, or emailed,
or faxed, in any combination, under the control of a job definition. Extensive printer control for duplexing
and tray management, as well as copy and logical formatting maintenance, provides implementors with
powerful and flexible capabilities for document print jobs.
In addition to graphical enhancements, such as images, line drawing, barcodes, and font enhancements, UnForm
jobs can utilize a full built-in programming language to manage job control from content, and to interact
with the operating system and other applications. This level of control and flexibility is unique among
document management products.
Document Archiving and Management
UnForm offers optional components for document archiving and management. Archiving
while printing is an intuitive method of capturing document printing as your application
produces those documents, eliminating the time-consuming scanning
of documents as required by many document management applications. UnForm archives
not just the the text of the job but also fully formatted PDF files. Access to
these documents is provided by a powerful, zero-install Web Browser-based interface,
from a command line, or via UnForm jobs themselves.
As an example of how an UnForm job can use archived documents, it is easy to add
invoice images to a statement print job.
Another component of Document Management is the Image Manager tool, which
is a Windows-based program that supports any scanner with a TWAIN driver
and can automate document identification via barcode or OCR recognition. Jobs written
in VBScript can further automate document property assignment, so that documents of
a known format, such as signed delivery receipts, can be placed in the archives with
little manual effort.
Most companies can easily justify the purchase of UnForm simply on the
savings over pre-printed forms. Simply put, you never have to purchase a
preprinted form again.
But laser forms are just the beginning of UnForm's capabilities.
With UnForm, you can print, store, email, and fax graphical
versions of your invoices and statements. With electronic delivery of documents,
savings are even greater by eliminating manual form handling and postage.
In addition, you can add processing intelligence to save time and effort in many ways.
You can add item costing to a copy of an invoice and route that copy to the
Accounting Department. You can use the ship-to information from a packing list and
produce a mailing label. You can produce PDF versions of your reports
for viewing on your intranet. With UnForm's flexibility, you can
accomplish virtually any task that can be driven from your printed data.
Benefits of Dynamic Output
Many form products produce documents that are static; simple overlays on top of reports.
UnForm documents are dynamic. Attributes and enhancements can be driven by content and
logic, rather than being in a fixed position on every page. This allows UnForm to
enhance not just forms, but also legacy reports, such as financial statements and
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