Is Google Docs about to evolve into Google Drive?
We’ve never been prouder of our Google Docs connector for eCopy Sharescan. This week we’re adding touches to a closed beta with some great new features and is being tested right now by several key clients in the UK.
But we also like to keep our finger on the pulse and look to where great products like Google Docs are headed next. For some time now it has been rumoured that Google are preparing something of a competitor to Dropbox and Box by equipping Google Docs with a fully syncing client that can be installed on your computer.
Think of the prospects of such a service. Suddenly you have combined Dropbox, Box and Google Docs all at the same time.
The Wall Street Journal today tells us more:
The Google service, which is expected to launch in the coming weeks or months, will be free for most consumers and businesses. Google will charge a fee to those who want to store a large amount of files, the people familiar with the matter said.
Personally we couldn’t be more excited, and while we certainly won’t be asking for a refund on our Dropbox for Teams service we will certainly be looking to Google to raise the stakes in a market that is currently dominated by both Box and Dropbox.
We are already making preparations with our Google Docs connector for eCopy Sharescan should Google launch the Google Drive service this year. Make sure you download and try it out for yourself.
New Release: Version 18.104.22.168 of the Google Docs Connector for eCopy Sharescan 5 (it’s a big one!)
We’re rolling out the big Google Docs update for this year!
Featuring a stack of new features, the Google Docs Connector for eCopy Sharescan 5 opens up the cloud document and storage platform for complete access from your Multifunctional Device.
First we are pleased to reveal that this connector has been brought up to date with the other releases in the Connector Works family. All the features you’ve come to expect including Session Login and the other authentication methods revealed with the release of the Dropbox Premium connector are available in this build.
So your users can now tie their Windows Active Directory account to their Google Docs account for quick and easy authentication. All the other methods are in there too, not forgetting the incredibly useful “Domain Locking” feature.
Let’s look at the other new features in detail:
Upload any file type (and convert)
With the previous version of the connector you could only upload PDF files. We did this because at the time support from Google was a little ropey for other file formats. Now we’ve opened the flood gates and allowed any supported Sharescan format to be uploaded into Google Docs!
The great thing about this is that you can choose from the connector (while scanning) whether or not to convert this document to the Google Docs format so you can continue editing the scanned document from the browser.
Check the convert box and we’ll send the scanned document off to Google Docs to be converted into the Google format for editing online!
We’ll admit right now that the service Google provides is not perfect and we recommend really playing around with this new feature to find out what works best for you. All we can say is that we’ve given you the tools to do the job within the bounds that Google permits within their services. So you will notice there are restrictions in the size of documents you can upload, and different rules in place when you choose to convert them. We can only imagine that Google will alter the rules as the service evolves.
For more information on size restrictions that Google impose please see this help article on Google Docs.
So that’s the first incredible new feature - the user is now in control of what can be uploaded and how.
Create a collection
Google changed the name for this during development. Thanks Google. (It will probably change again too!)
So in Google Docs you’ve got a stack of “collections” (folders to you and me) containing all your important documents, drawings, files and so on. You’ve probably got one for personal items, one for letters and maybe one for your finances. But when you’re uploading a new scanned document you may stand there and realise you could do with putting it in a new collection. Well now you can create and scan to that new collection from the MFD!
It’s all about making the experience easier and quicker for you.
We’ve added a useful bit of text to the destination form. You can now see how much space you have remaining in your Google Account!
Bug fixes and wishes
Everything that was raised as a bug or a wish has been fixed for this release. Including:
- Some installation issues some people had with Windows 7.
- Allowing a pre-scan form option to be enabled if printing is selected. This way you can skip the scanning process and go straight to printing.
- Code refresh and update to the latest Google Documents List API
We are very proud of this release and will continue to support and add new features to the Google Docs Connector for eCopy Sharescan just as we do for all our connectors. We’re also very aware of recent talk about Google’s rumoured move to make Google Documents a fully fledged Dropbox-esque product featuring syncing between devices including the popular Android platform and evolving Google Docs into an online “Drive”. Stay tuned.
If you have any feedback, bugs, wishes and features requests then please do let us know. You can log these using our help system here at Idea Informer or you can just email us at email@example.com.
New Release: Version 22.214.171.124 of the Box Connector for eCopy Sharescan 5
Much like yesterday’s release we’ve updated the Box.Net Connector for Nuance eCopy Sharescan 5.
We’ve updated it to include the authentication changes so you can now use all the features we mentioned yesterday. Single Sign On / Session Logon, “Login As” and Standard Sign In can be used from the Box Connector.
It’s all about making the experience simpler and easier for you.
Download and try the Box connector today. Free for 45 days.
New Release: Version 126.96.36.199 of the Dropbox Premium Connector for eCopy Sharescan 5
We’ve just released a new version of the Dropbox Premium Connector for Nuance eCopy Sharescan 5.
In this version we’ve focussed on Authentication and the various types of sign in options you can have for the Dropbox connector.
Let’s look at this in more detail, there are now three types of sign in supported in the Dropbox connector:
- Standard sign in on device
- “Login As”
- Single Sign On (Also known as Session Logon)
Standard Sign In
You’re already used to doing this using the regular sign in on the device. This is where you type in your username for Dropbox along with your password and sign in every time.
We’ve changed this slightly from the previous version. You can now specify a user in the Sharescan Administration panel that you want every user to sign in as on the device. There will be no prompt on the eCopy enabled device for a username and password and the user simply goes straight to the Destination screen where they can choose their logo. Great for team users of Dropbox.
Single Sign On / Session Logon
This one is for the organisations that use the built in “Session Logon” service available in the Sharescan Administration panel.
Once you have enabled eCopy Session Logon the connector automatically becomes aware of this service and responds accordingly. Log in at the device using your session credentials on the eCopy device you can choose the Dropbox Premium connector as usual and scan your document. You will notice the log in screen now has a checkbox which, when checked will associate the Dropbox account you log in with this time against the session log in you are using.
- I sign in to my domain “CONNECTORWORKS” with the Windows Active Directory user “ianrathbone”
- Select the Dropbox Premium connector
- Sign in with my “firstname.lastname@example.org” account
- Choose “Associate with account: ianrathbone”
This means that the next time I log in using the Windows Active Directory account I use for the eCopy Session Logon “ianrathbone” then I will not be required to enter my Dropbox account details again. That screen is skipped and I go straight to my Dropbox account. One screen skipped, time saved.
But what if I don’t want to associate my Dropbox account with this Session Logon anymore?
Simple, I can just remove the association in the Sharescan Administration section.
It’s all about making the experience simpler and easier for you.
Download and try the Dropbox Premium connector today. Free for 45 days.
Upgrading eCopy Sharescan 4 Connectors to Version 5 Connectors
With the news of Canon ending support for eCopy Sharescan 4 at the end of the year and other Multifunctional Device manufacturers doing the same thing it’s time to look at upgrading your eCopy Sharescan 4 Connector.
Our development services provide just this.
So far we have moved numerous Version 4 connectors over to the Sharescan v5 system. From our history working with Version 4 and moving to Version 5 has been great. All features remain intact and you get a few more thrown in for free thanks to Nuance.
Our knowledge covers not just the code. We know how to get the most out of the many features offered by Nuance that others just don’t know about, thanks to our close relationship with Nuance and our history developing connectors for both versions.
Our global partnerships also provide unique opportunities for new markets.
Check out some of our connectors today with Nuance eCopy Sharescan Version 5 and you’ll see the difference.
Contact us now today for a free quote and we can discuss the possibilities a Version 5 connector can provide.
New Release: Open GI Connector for eCopy™ ShareScan®
We are proud to announce the immediate availability of the Open GI Connector for eCopy™ ShareScan®. Open GI is one of the leading broker solutions developers on the market, providing front and back office software specifically for commercial, personal, niche and composite lines. With our connector integration you can quickly and easily scan to the Open Attach folder structure within Open GI from any eCopy Sharescan enabled Multifunctional Device. Thanks to our FolderSmart technology we can update the Client and Policy fields instantly with live results as you type. For example if your Policy folder already exists and is called AAAA12 as in the screenshot above, once you have entered AAAA this folder amongst any others within the AAAA folder will be displayed. Enter AAAA1 and the list is quickly shortened to narrow down your results. Client or Policy doesn’t yet exist? No problem. We create the structure on the fly for you so you can get back to your important work. This really is a no fuss configuration. All your system administrator need do is ensure that access is enabled to the Open Attach root folder and enter the location of this folder in the Sharescan administration panel. Why not download the connector today? It’s free for 45 days. Check out more information here: Got any questions? Email Ian Rathbone now at email@example.com
We are proud to announce the immediate availability of the Open GI Connector for eCopy™ ShareScan®.
Open GI is one of the leading broker solutions developers on the market, providing front and back office software specifically for commercial, personal, niche and composite lines.
With our connector integration you can quickly and easily scan to the Open Attach folder structure within Open GI from any eCopy Sharescan enabled Multifunctional Device.
Thanks to our FolderSmart technology we can update the Client and Policy fields instantly with live results as you type.
For example if your Policy folder already exists and is called AAAA12 as in the screenshot above, once you have entered AAAA this folder amongst any others within the AAAA folder will be displayed. Enter AAAA1 and the list is quickly shortened to narrow down your results.
Client or Policy doesn’t yet exist? No problem. We create the structure on the fly for you so you can get back to your important work.
This really is a no fuss configuration. All your system administrator need do is ensure that access is enabled to the Open Attach root folder and enter the location of this folder in the Sharescan administration panel.
Why not download the connector today? It’s free for 45 days. Check out more information here:
Got any questions? Email Ian Rathbone now at firstname.lastname@example.org
Connector Works raises money for the British Heart Foundation
Connector Works CEO Ian Rathbone completed a walk this weekend for the British Heart Foundation and Christchurch Round Table.
The Christchurch Head2Head walk takes place every year around the Stanpit Marsh, Christchurch and Mudeford bay in Dorset.
“It was a fantastic way to spend a few hours on a Saturday morning while helping raise money for a good cause” said Ian after completing the 6.5 mile walk and collecting his well earned medal!
So far Ian has raised £100 for the British Heart Foundation, if you would like to make a donation please check out his page on just giving: http://original.justgiving.com/wratty
Connector Works at the Serengeti User Group
Connector Works are pleased to announce they are providing a sneak review of the eCopy Connector for eCopy Sharescan today at the Serengeti User Group at the Stansted Airport Hilton.
The sneak preview will include an overview of the connector and how to configure and take advantage of the many options available. Also a walk through of the connector will be provided along with a Q&A and information for existing v4 customers.
More information on connector and our exclusive partnership with Serengeti will be on the main site this July.
Connector Works feature in Nuance’s eCopy Insider
This week we’ve seen a massive spike in downloads for the Google Docs connector and we owe a massive thanks to Nuance for this.
The eCopy Insider goes out to thousands of partners who will no doubt be interested in the latest and greatest connector to grace the Sharescan platform. This week the Connector Works Google Docs connector takes the spotlight. Check it out by clicking here!
With the world gleefully moving toward agile computing, the business market has demonstrated the need for documents on the move. Take the highly successful launch of the iPad 2 for example.
There are many emails we receive now that contain “sent from my iPad” (or iPhone) and these users need their important documents on the go. For viewing and for collaboration.
Thanks to the plethora of free apps that handle documents easily you can use eCopy Sharescan to get your paper copies transferred to digital versions. For this you need the cloud and we recommend Google Docs.
Google Docs can be accessed from any web browser and the guys at Google have created fantastic web apps that can be viewed straight from the iPad and iPhone browsers. Or there are many third party apps available for smartphones.
So it’s simple and quick to scan from eCopy Sharescan and view your documents on the go. You don’t even need to go back to your desktop pc to perform any extra steps.
Your original paper documents in the cloud quickly and securely.