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Frequently Asked Questions about Document Testing

STREAMdiff™

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.

Switch™

What is Switch™?

Switch™ is a workflow automation tool used to automate manual or repetitive processes in the Windows/Open environment. Also available with Switch™ is SwitchClient™, a simple and secure job submission and tracking interface that allows users to remotely submit files and monitor the status of existing testing flows. A scripting editor is also available and allows users to write custom scripts in VBScript, JavaScript, or AppleScript.

What are the typical uses for Switch™?

Switch™ can be used to automate virtually any manual process in the Windows/Open 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™ for comparison?

Switch users can submit files to STREAMdiff™ 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™ 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™ is 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™ print comparison tests are completed?

Switch™ can automatically notify users when STREAMdiff™ 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™ comparison.

In what order and when will remotely submitted batch STREAMdiff™ print comparison tests be processed?

Switch™ includes a file scheduler which is used to determine when STREAMdiff™ comparison tests can be processed.

How will old STREAMdiff™ 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™ 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™ project, pre-change, and post-change files, Detailed Difference Reports, etc. This ensures that all your testing processes are fully documented.

ADEPT Suite™

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.

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