PR: Appligent releases APConductor
Brings Web Services via SOAP to PDF Document Workflows

2 February 2004

Lansdowne, PA -- Corporate and government developers today are charged with the task of constructing complete solutions for creating, customizing, securing and redacting a large volume of documents within their organization. To do so, they need to integrate PDF processing within a Web Services-based architecture.

Appligent Inc., a leading provider of PDF-related software, has answered that need with the introduction of APConductor, which enables all of its other applications to be plugged into a complex workflow via a XML-based SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol) messaging framework.

APConductor is the first member of Appligent's Web Services Product Family, a server-based backbone that creates a new level of integration for customizing PDF documents. APConductor acts as a central dispatcher, directing requests from other applications to Appligent's families of PDF processing components and returning the finished results. It also enables developers and integrators to quickly assemble PDF solutions by using a Web Services interface to communicate with Appligent's component plug-ins, which allow companies to build a full suite of in-house solutions for document processing. Applications, data, APConductor and Appligent's other components can be deployed on separate locations on the network.

Web Services are a group of evolving standards that allow applications to communicate with each other over the Internet, resulting in greater organizational efficiencies and lower application development costs. They serve as a bridge between legacy back office applications and the new strategic environments of an organization.

"Customers asked for an easier, more efficient way to integrate high performance PDF processing into their workflow," says Virginia Gavin, president of Appligent. "APConductor is a Web Service, so it communicates via XML messaging which is supported by all the leading development platforms. It makes life easier for in-house corporate developers who are building systems for processing high volumes of documents."

In addition to its Web Services family of products, Appligent has six other families covering the spectrum of PDF manipulation: Appending/Publishing, Forms Processing, Stamping, Security, Redaction and Utilities.

Appligent's families of component plug-ins are all robust production grade tools that run on all the leading operating systems (Windows, Linux, Solaris, AIX, HP-UX and Mac OSX), offering a level of multiple platform support that allows greater flexibility in fitting a solution to the client's existing environment. APConductor can be used in both .NET and Java 2 Enterprise Edition environments.

Appligent's APConductor is now available for purchase at www.appligent.com. For more information on APConductor and Appligent's Product Families or for possible discounts on multiple product purchases or OEM agreements, please contact the Appligent's sales team at 610-284-4006 or sales@appligent.com.

About Appligent: Appligent Inc. is the leading provider of server-based tools and plug-ins for the on-demand customization, manipulation, redaction and delivery of dynamically generated electronic documents. Appligent has a proven reputation building robust, cross platform, server-based solutions that are blazingly fast and are compliant with the most obscure and corrupt variants of the PDF standard. Based in the Philadelphia region, Appligent has provided PDF-related software applications globally since 1993. Appligent has seven families covering the spectrum of PDF manipulation: Appending/Publishing, Forms Processing, Stamping, Security, Redaction, Utilities and Web Services. The company's software applications are used in various industries, including financial services, government, insurance, banking, manufacturing, legal and pharmaceutical. Appligent is a member of the Adobe Solutions Network and is a partner of Sun Microsystems, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, IBM and Apple.


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