US imaging software company Lizardtech has launched its DjVu software package in the UK. The product converts scanned documents such as letters, catalogues or records into tiny images that can be instantly transmitted via the web.
The vendor claimed that DjVu can help companies and small offices take "full advantage of their paper-based assets and can scan, store, download and email documents via corporate intranets or the internet 150 times faster than Adobe Acrobat and 20 times faster than jpeg or gif".
DjVu has been licensed from AT&T for commercial sector use for the first time, according to the company, and "will appeal to UK firms because a picture or document in Adobe which uses 11Mb of space will only use 64K in DjVu".
The product supports most of the major platforms, including Windows 95/98/2000, NT 4.0, Solaris and Linux. DjVu is also available as a software developers' kit which allows software vendors and IT departments to integrate DjVu encoding and decoding technology into software applications.
Other features include text searching capabilities, which allow workers to find information and add hyperlinks to DjVu documents, providing a link to web pages or other documents.
Rob Meyer, acting general manager for DjVu, is confident the product will be a success. "DjVu comes from the same school of thinking at Los Alamos that was used to develop the FBI's fingerprint library," he said. "Traditionally, for transmitting scanned documents or full-colour company brochures, corporations had to choose between speed and clarity. Now, fast downloads and visual quality can go hand in hand."
Meyer added that DjVu is ideal for e-book publishing and medical or financial record storage and retrieval, as well as online retailing, web development and authoring, content creation and online magazine publishing.
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