Frequently Asked Questions about Document Testing
What is STREAMdiff™?
STREAMdiff™ is a high-speed print stream comparison tool that automates the document review/testing process by digitally comparing a file of "pre-change" and "post-change" documents and displaying them side-by-side on your PC screen. Color-coded markers of varying, user-designated shapes are used to highlight differences. Additionally, rules can be created to iteratively review and accept document differences.
Which Page Description Languages (PDL's) can be compared using STREAMdiff™?
AFP (including AFP line data), PDF, Postscript, PCL (version 5), Metacode, and text/line data files can all be tested with STREAMdiff™. In fact, STREAMdiff™ can compare "like to like" files (e.g., compare one AFP file to another AFP file) or "like to unlike" files (e.g., compare a Metacode file to a Postscript file).
Does STREAMdiff™ work in both interactive and batch modes?
Yes. STREAMdiff™ can be launched on the desktop in an interactive mode or on a PC or server in a batch mode. PowerSWITCH™ simplifies the use of STREAMdiff™ in a batch mode by eliminating the need for the user to manually start the batch process using a DOS command line interface.
Can STREAMdiff™ compare files generated by different document creation/composition applications?
Yes. STREAMdiff™ compares files on both a structural and visual basis. This allows files from different versions of the same composition software, or even files generated by completely different document composition applications, to be accurately compared.
What is DocDiff™?
DocDiff™ is a high-speed document comparison tool that automates the document review/testing process for complex document migration and/or redesign projects. DocDiff™ digitally compares a file of "pre-migration" and "post-migration" documents and displays them side-by-side on your PC screen or in an easy-to-use HTML-based difference report. Color-coded markers are used to highlight differences. Additionally, rules can be created to iteratively review and accept document differences, mask areas that do not need to be compared, etc.
How does DocDiff™ differ from STREAMdiff™?
Both DocDiff™ and STREAMdiff™ are document comparison software products. However, they differ in a couple significant ways. First, whereas STREAMdiff™ is a great tool for comparing documents with small to mid-scale changes or for CCM/CXM version upgrades, DocDiff™ is a better tool for comparing documents with complex changes, such as documents being migrated from one CCM/CXM software platform to another, or for major document redesign projects. Second, DocDiff™ is primarily focused on ensuring the content of your documents is migrated correctly and does not flag differences caused by paragraphs wrapping differently or shifting from one column or page to a new column or page. DocDiff™ can also check to ensure fonts are maintained accurately as text has been migrated or modified. In comparison, STREAMdiff™ will check not only content but also spacing, text wrapping, images, etc., flagging anything that changes, even if the text has remained 100% intact through the migration.
Which page description languages (PDL's) can be compared using DocDiff™?
AFP, AFP line data, PDF, and Xerox Metacode can all be tested with DocDiff. And like STREAMdiff™, DocDiff can compare "like to like" files (e.g., compare one AFP file to another AFP file) or "like to unlike" files (e.g., compare a Xerox Metacode file to a PDF file).
Does DocDiff™ work in both interactive and batch modes?
Yes. DocDiff™ can be launched on the desktop in an interactive mode or on a server in a batch mode. As with STREAMdiff, the Paloma SWITCH™ module simplifies the use of DocDiff™ in a batch mode by eliminating the need for the user to manually start the batch process using a DOS command line interface.
Can DocDiff™ compare files generated by different document creation/composition applications?
Yes. DocDiff™ can compare files from different versions of the same CCM/CXM software, or even files generated by completely different CCM/CXM applications.
What is Switch™?
What are the typical uses for Switch™?
Switch™ can be used to automate virtually any manual process in the Windows environment. Typical uses include: automating the document testing process, PDF editing and manipulation, and other miscellaneous functions.
Can Switch™ aid with the creation of "pre-change" and "post-change" files?
Yes. If document composition software is being run on a non-mainframe platform, Switch™ can launch the software so that your "pre-change" and "post-change" files are created automatically.
How will test files be moved to STREAMdiff™ and DocDiff™ for comparison?
Switch users can submit files to STREAMdiff™ and DocDiff™ using any number of methods, including the SwitchClient™ job submission interface, FTP, email submission, or by simply copying the files into a specific testing folder on your company network.
Can large batch print comparison tests be initiated in STREAMdiff™ and DocDiff™ without needing to know how to type "command line" instructions?
Yes. Paloma provides customized document testing workflows with Switch™ which completely eliminate the need for users to type instructions using a "command line" interface.
Can Switch™ control who has access to specific document testing processes?
Yes. Switch™ includes an administrative module which is used to define users and their respective access rights. Switch™ gives your organization complete control over who has access to your testing processes
How can you be certain STREAMdiff™ and DocDiff™ are using the most current printer resources (e.g., fonts, logos, forms)?
Switch™ can automatically transfer and/or receive updated print resource files on a regular basis, at a pre-defined day and/or time.
How will users be notified when large batch STREAMdiff™ and DocDiff™ print comparison tests are completed?
Switch™ can automatically notify users when STREAMdiff™ and DocDiff™ print comparison jobs have completed. In fact, the test results can be compressed, attached to an email, and sent directly to the user who submitted the STREAMdiff™ or DocDiff™ comparison.
In what order and when will remotely submitted batch STREAMdiff™ and DocDiff™ print comparison tests be processed?
Switch™ includes a file scheduler which is used to determine when STREAMdiff™ and DocDiff™ comparison tests can be processed.
How will old STREAMdiff™ and DocDiff™ testing projects and files be removed from the testing server when they are no longer needed?
Switch™ includes automated workflows which clean out old STREAMdiff™ and DocDiff™ testing projects and files at predetermined intervals. This keeps the testing server from becoming "clogged" with old testing projects, Detailed Difference Reports, pre-change and post-change files, resource files, etc.
How will your document testing process be documented?
Paloma provides a set of customized testing workflows with Switch™ which automatically archive time/date-stamped STREAMdiff™ and DocDiff™ projects, pre-change, and post-change files, Detailed Difference Reports, etc. This ensures that all your testing processes are fully documented.
What is ADEPT Suite™?
ADEPT Suite™ provides applications to convert print data streams such as AFP, PDF, and Metacode into industry standard formats such as Postscript, XML, TIFF, and PCL. In addition, ADEPT Suite™ includes the toolset to:
- Extract data fields into index and XML files
- Split print streams into multiple/individual files
- Map fonts so the visual fidelity is maintained during the conversion process
Is additional software is required to run ADEPT Suite™?
HTML viewing requires Internet Explorer version 5.5 (or compatible) or higher; PDF viewing requires Adobe Reader version 5.0 or higher
Can the ADEPT Suite™ transformation, extraction and indexing processes be automated?
Yes. ADEPT Suite™ includes a command line interface which allows for automating the transformation, extraction, and indexing processes. In addition, Switch™ and the custom ADEPT Suite™ workflows developed by Paloma, are used to completely automate this process, sparing the user from having to launch ADEPT Suite™ from the command line interface.