A new way to view documents in Quin-C

I have written on the topic of viewing documents in the web in my last posting so I am going to skip much of the background related to this topic. If you haven’t read that blog please give it a quick once over. What I want to discuss in this blog post is the new integrated viewer we have introduced into Quin-C. For those of you that did read my previous blog you will know that despite the many techniques that Quin-C uses to enable superior web viewing, in the end those techniques do fall short of the perfect solution. The issues we have not been able to overcome are as follows:

1) The time and space associated with document conversion.

2) The viewing of documents that don’t convert to pdf well such as excel documents and cad documents and things like that.

3) The overall better viewing experience of a desktop viewer.

Because of these short fallings we have not been satisfied. As such we have continued to work on this part of the product and are happy to say we are now in the position to release a new powerful viewing option for Quin-C users: Q-View. Q-View is a windows based desktop viewer that provides a viewing capability exactly like what we use in FTK, but it is integrated into Quin-C. That means Quin-C users can download Q-View, install it on their desktop, and then as documents are selected in the Quin-C grid, those documents will be shown in Q-View. As the image below shows, Q-View displays documents in their native or near native form so the viewing experience is as good as possible. In addition, because Q-View does not required document conversion it can render documents quickly and can show a wide variety of document types.

How does Q-View work? Well it isn’t complicated at all. All it really is a wrapped up desktop application that has the ability to receive command from the Quin-C application. Clicks in the Quin-C grid fire an event that talks through the browser to Q-View. Since technically this is impossible what actually happens is that the Quin-C client triggers a call to the Quin-C server to send the native document to Q-View. Q-View then receives the document and renders it. The actual rendering is done with the inso or VLC viewer, depending on the document type. That is basically all there is to it.

Despite it’s power and simplicity Q-View will not replace the need for the existing viewer in all cases. The reasons for that are as follows:

1) Q-View requires the users download and install it. That won’t be possible in all cases and it won’t be desirable in some.

2) Q-View only works on windows machines which limits the devices you can use it on.

3) Q-View doesn’t offer redaction, which requires the imaging of the document.

4) Q-View requires the full download of the document to be viewed, which can be problematic for enormous documents.

But the great thing about Q-View is that these limitations aren’t really limitations at all because Q-View is purely additive. Using Q-View doesn’t mean the existing viewer goes away. In fact you can use both viewers at the exact same time so you end up getting the best of both worlds and you can pick which you use at any given time. In the picture below you can see both viewers at work side by side.

Anyway, my hope is that Q-View finally and completely resolve the document viewing issue. I am sure there will be incremental improvements over the next few years but it is our hope and our view that with this new capability we can provide, even our most discerning customers, a really positive viewing experience.

tleehealey Wednesday 05 September 2018 - 7:22 pm | | Default

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