Using Shared Storage with the GroupDocs.Annotation for Java Library in Windows and Linux Environments

Today I'd like to show you how to store and open files from a shared folder within your network using the GroupDocs.Annotation for Java library.

For those of you who are not familiar with the library yet, it's basically a web-based document viewer that comes with a comprehensive set of annotation tools. The library allows end users to comment on and mark up almost 50 types of documents from within your Java app. For more details on the library, please see this page.

If you or your client have a private collaboration network and want to use a shared folder for storing the annotated documents, this article is for you. It will guide you through using the GroupDocs.Annotation for Java library with a network storage within your Windows and Linux environments.

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Easy Integrate GroupDocs.Annotation for .NET Library into Your ASP.NET MVC5 App

GroupDocs.Annotation for .NET Library logoGroupDocs.Annotation for .NET library is a web-based framework which provides features for annotating different types of documents in a web-browser without having to install plugins or middleware on the client. With GroupDocs.Annotation, end users can view and annotate PDF, Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, OpenOffice, AutoCAD and other types of documents and image files. The library comes with a set of commenting and markup tools, including: rectangles, polylines, watermarks, point and area notes, text markup and strikeouts.

In this article I'd like to help you discover the GroupDocs.Annotation for .NET library's basic functionality: how it works, where annotations are stored, how to manage users, etc. I'm also going to show you how to use the library in an ASP.NET MVC application. The sample project described in the article is based on MVC5, but most of the code can be used with any other versions of the MVC framework.

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Using a Network Storage with the GroupDocs.Annotation for .NET Library

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Not all of you might know that the latest version of the GroupDocs.Annotation for .NET library can read and save annotated documents not only from local storage or web links, but also from network storage. In other words, you can now locate documents on any network machine.

This feature can be useful for businesses who have several machines networked to one main storage, or for customers who use one machine as a server and another one as a file storage. In this article I'd like to show you how to use network storage with the GroupDocs.Annotation for .NET library and how to configure your servers.

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GroupDocs.Annotation for Java – Integrating with a Java Web Project

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As you may already know, we've recently released the GroupDocs.Annotation for Java library. It is basically an HTML5-based document viewer that comes with a comprehensive set of tools for marking up and commenting on documents of almost 50 file formats. The library provides end users with the ability to view, annotate and collaborate on documents in real time.

Today we'd like to present you with a quick guide on how to set up a basic Java web application with the document annotation capability. In this tutorial you will find out how to initialize and use AnnotationHandler, the main class that represents the GroupDocs.Annotation library itself. Further, you will find a request mapping, so that you can correctly map user actions to the server side code. Another nice feature is the configuration of the SignalR library, the tool that enables real time collaboration mode, when several parties can annotate the same document simultaneously and see each other's comments in real time.

For those of you who would like to try and test the GroupDocs.Annotation for Java web application, but have no time for creating it from scratch, we provide the project source code. So feel free to download, deploy and configure it for your needs.

If you are using NetBeans, you can just create a new "Web Application with Existing Sources", point to the sample sources and start it from the IDE.

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GroupDocs.Annotation for Java Library – Annotate PDF, Office and Image Files within Your Java Apps

Java PDF AnnotationWe are pleased to inform developers, especially those of you who prefer the Linux platform, about the release of the GroupDocs.Annotation for Java library. It is an HTML5 standard compliant library that allows you to display PDF, Microsoft Office and image files and comes with a comprehensive set of document commenting and markup tools. The viewer can work two ways: by rasterizing documents or by converting them to a combination of SVG, HTML and CSS. Both methods deliver clear, high-fidelity rendering. Key benefits include: 

  • Seamlessly enable end users to view, annotate, share and print more than 45 document formats, including PDF, Microsoft Office (DOC, DOCX, XLS, XLSX, PPT, PPTX, etc.) and OpenDocument files (ODT, ODS, etc.), plain text documents, CAD and raster images within your Java apps.
  • Documents can be rendered as real text files (HTML5 based technology of HTML, CSS and SVG combination), meaning users can select, mark up, strikeout and comment on text within a document.
  • GroupDocs.Annotation for Java is a 100% native solution - you don't need any 3rd party software.
  • Simplicity of installation - the library can be deployed with a packaged JAR file or hosted within your own servlet container.
  • Using only a few JavaScript lines or an iframe, you can integrate the UI, which can be easily customized to fit the look and style of your own app.
  • GroupDocs.Annotation for Java is set up to work cross-domain using JSONP and CORS, so it's designed to be run external to projects. Thanks to this, PHP and RoR Linux-based applications can use it from within the same server.
  • The library allows end users to view and annotate documents from any web-enabled device, including tablets and mobiles, and using any HTML5 compliant web-browser.

For more information on the GroupDocs.Annotation for Java library, please visit the product page, check out code samples and download a free evaluation copy.

Also, please feel free to contact our sales team for an evaluation license which enables you to test all features without any limits during 30 days for free.

GroupDocs.Annotation for .NET 1.2.0 – Now Supports Script Minimization and JSON Storage for Annotations

We're happy to announce the release of a new version of our HTML5 document annotation library - GroupDocs.Annotation for .NET 1.2.0! This version includes new exciting features and enhancements, some of which are listed below:

  • Added ability to manage document collaborators’ access rights.
  • Added ability to manage document collaborators’ drawing color.
  • Added ability for scripts minimization.
  • Page break option on the summary pane.
  • Option to specify a database connection string using server-side code.
  • Added support for JSON storage for annotations.
  • Support for Microsoft SQL Servers 2008/2012.

This version also saw a number of fixes to known bugs, including:

  • Submit/Delete/Cancel buttons were displayed in two rows in edit mode.
  • Header panel was overlapped by "Annotation tools" widget.
  • Users couldn't add "Point annotation" on the second page if there were several pages in a row.
  • Users couldn't edit reply to an annotation.

For more info on some of the new features, please see the online help.

To see a list of all updates and download the GroupDocs.Annotation for .NET library 1.2.0, please go to this page.

If you have any questions or issues, please feel free to raise them within the GroupDocs Support Forums, and we'll be happy to assist.

HTML5 Image, PDF and Microsoft Office Document Annotation Library for ASP.NET, C# and VB.NET Apps

We've received a lot of feedback from our customers asking us to create a .NET library based on our HTML5 document annotation app. We've worked hard and today are pleased to announce the release of the document annotation library for developers on .NET platforms (ASP.NET, C#, VB.NET). Using the library, developers can seamlessly enhance their web and mobile apps with the ability to annotate Microsoft Office documents, PDFs and image files. The benefits that the library offers include:

  1. End users can annotate more than 45 file formats, including all common Microsoft Office documents (DOC, DOCX, XLS, XLSX, PPT, PPTX, etc.), PDF files and images (JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, TIFF).
  2. Thanks to HTML5 technology, documents are rendered as a combination of images and selectable text. This allows end users to select, comment on, strikeout and mark up text while annotating documents within your web or mobile app.
  3. The library is extremely lightweight and can be integrated with a single DLL, while the UI can be embedded with just a few lines of JS code.
  4. The UI can be easily customized using your own CSS so that it matches your app's look and feel.
  5. GroupDocs Annotation for .NET is a completely independent library. So, no 3rd party software is required.
  6. End users can annotate images, PDFs and other documents from any web-enabled device, including mobiles and tablets without having to install Flash, Adobe Acrobat or any other plugins. All modern browsers are supported.
  7. The library comes with a comprehensive set of annotation tools. End users can mark up, strikeout and comment on text, add notes to images and any point on the document, draw freehand lines and shapes, drop watermarks, etc. Annotated documents can be saved, downloaded, printed out or exported to a PDF file with all the comments and markups added by end users.
  8. Lastly, we offer free support to developers during the whole integration period to make the deployment hassle-free.

If you'd like to integrate the HTML5 PDF & image annotation capabilities into your app, please download a free trial version, or contact our sales team for a 30-day free evaluation license which comes with a fully-functional version of the library. Also, please visit the product page for more details on features and code samples.

Online PDF Annotation Plugin for Moodle CMS Now Available for Download

We're glad to announce the launch of GroupDocs' annotation plugin for Moodle. GroupDocs Annotation, an online annotation app, is popular with our users because it lets them annotate and review most popular file formats from a web-browser. Upload any document that you want a team to review to a GroupDocs account. Then copy and paste the embed link to a Moodle page. Invite and share the link with members to start collaborative annotation. Moodle CMS displays the embedded document and makes file sharing easy and simple.

GroupDocs Annotation lets you annotate PDF and other files from a web-browser. A wide set of annotation option allows reviewers to add comments the way that suits them best: by adding comments, for example, or drawing on the document. In minutes, members working across different time-zones can collaborate and suggest changes. All comments are saved in a single file that helps publishing teams expedite the review cycle.

GroupDocs Annotation: Benefits

Document review processes are often long. A document must go through different checks and is reviewed by different divisions in an organization. Sometimes, the existing process does not use employees time the best way it could. GroupDocs Annotation offers compelling document management benefits to individuals and organizations. It's a Cloud app, and Cloud apps have transformed the way organizations operate. They reduce cost, can improve productivity and facilitate team collaboration.

Some of the benefits of GroupDocs Annotation are:

  • Wide file format support: Supports a wide-range of file formats from text, spreadsheets, PDF, or image files.
  • Collaboration: Share a link or invite members via email. Within minutes, team members collaborate online.
  • Integration: Download and install the plugin to your CMS and embed the document directly from GroupDocs.
  • Access rights: Restrict document rights (download, print, or copy) when sharing documents to prevent unauthorized use.
  • View comments in side panel: Read the comments made by each reviewer to keep updated and avoid repeating comments.
  • Presentation modeView documents in real-time, broadcasting mouse, scroll and zoom events.

Why GroupDocs Annotation?

When active minds collaborate, new ideas are generated. Organizations understand the 'social explosion' phenomena worldwide that has changed buyer attitudes and behavior. They adapt to new methods and technologies to improve work output, collaborate faster and create an exchange platform when working to create the next big product. Customer feedback and suggestions are important aspects for product design. In short: fast review, feedback, and collaboration holds great value for product development.

GroupDocs' cloud-based annotation app serves the need for different industry verticals. Annotate PDF, Microsoft Word or image files from your desk. Engage in document sharing, add comments, resolve conflicts and improve document quality. No additional software is required as it runs in a web-browser. Collaborate with global teams easily and start reviewing online. Anyone invited to collaborate on a document can view, read and comment. This platform not only promotes making suggestions or reviewing documents, it also acts an an in-house employee forum for discussions.

From academic institutions, technology start-ups, law firms, online businesses, advertising firms - all need a powerful online document management platform.

Want to see how it works? Try now!. Learning GroupDocs' PDF annotation app is easy: you will understand the flow in minutes.

We appreciate and value our customers' feedback. Your suggestions can help us improve and deliver products and services effectively. Write an email to [email protected]chat online or post feedback or queries on the GroupDocs Forum.

PDF Annotation Plugin for Contao CMS Is Now Available for Download

Contao users have a reason to smile. Our team is happy to announce the launch of GroupDocs' Annotation plugin for Contao. Our document annotation app, GroupDocs Annotation, is popular with our users because it lets them annotate most popular file formats. Annotate PDF, word processing documents and images from a web-browser.

GroupDocs Annotation lets you mark up documents, share feedback, discuss ideas and expedite the document review cycle. Invite colleagues for document review. Your colleagues can choose from a set of annotation options to add comments. This way, GroupDocs Annotation facilitates collaboration between team members. All members of a team can see comments or suggestion made by others. Information publishers then consolidate the feedback saved in a single file and publish the document.

So save time, increase productivity, and make document collaboration simpler.

PDF Annotation Module for Contao Is Released

PDF Annotation Module for Contao Is Released

What is GroupDocs Annotation?

Is collaborating with different teams for review taking endless hours? Don't worry, GroupDocs Annotation helps you share and review documents online easily and quickly. All you need to do is to upload a document to your GroupDocs account and send invitations to members for document review. Members receive invitation and start annotating documents - text notes, point notes, and strikeouts are some of the options available. It's that simple, avoid exchanging emails and work smarter with GroupDocs Annotation.

GroupDocs' app lets you communicate and complete tasks faster, whether you're performing online PDF annotation or online JPEG annotation.

From product managers to subject matter experts, GroupDocs Annotation makes collaboration across different groups easy and is extremely beneficial when you're communicating with global teams. Streamline the review process and annotate PDF and other files from your desk.

Installing The Annotation Plugin

Please refer to our online help for detailed instructions on installing and using GroupDocs' annotation plugin for Contao.

Please Note: to start using GroupDocs Annotation, you need to sign up with GroupDocs first. But don't worry, we provide a free 14 days trial period so you can test the app before purchasing it.

Why GroupDocs Annotation?

Collaboration fosters innovation - the adage holds true for the modern technology era. Companies are going social to engage with customers and gather information about their likes and dislikes. To make winning products, companies need to understand the buyers' behavior, needs, utility, and benefits. To engage with consumers, community forums developed. People share their ideas, or service issues, and suggest ways of improving the platform. Organizations understand their customers' needs and model their product based on their feedback.

On the similar lines, file sharing and reviewing documents is a key activity in any workplace. Teams want to collaborate faster, resolve issues, and provide suggestions to improve document quality. The process results in faster communication and assist members to participate in collaborative reviewing. Writers and editors working on the project gain too and are not needed to follow-up with every member for review. Comments are visible to everyone in the group and people share ideas, resolve conflicts, and complete tasks efficiently.

GroupDocs Annotation is compatible with wide range of file formats and doesn't require software installations. The app allows you to annotate PDF, Excel and other files using only a browser. Academic institutions, healthcare, law firms, banking, advertising are some of the verticals that can leverage the power of GroupDocs Annotation

Learning is fun and simple. Engage in document annotation to see the benefits. Try it now!

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Annotate PDF and Other Documents on CMSMS Web-Pages with GroupDocs’ Annotation Plugin

Our team is glad to announce the launch of GroupDocs' Annotation plugin for CMSMS users. Download and install the plugin to your CMSMS website to share and annotate files online. GroupDocs supports all widely used file formats so you can annotate PDF, word-processing documents and even images. GroupDocs Annotation is a web-based app which lets you add comments and notes to documents and images from a web-browser. Teams collaborate faster, share views, resolve conflict and expedite the workflow. Choose from a set of different annotation options (text notes, strikeouts, area notes, etc.) to comment in any way that suits you. See comments from all members in a single file. Save time, streamline the review process and prioritize tasks with our online application.

PDF Annotation Module for CMSMS Is Released

PDF Annotation Module for CMSMS Is Released

What is GroupDocs Annotation?

GroupDocs Annotation is a cloud-based application that lets you share and review documents online. The workflow is simple. First of all, select a document from your GroupDocs library or upload a document, and then share it with your team members. Invited members give suggestion and exchange ideas to improve the document. There is no need to write emails back and forth during the review: everyone involved is notified once comments or notes are added. This mechanism helps avoid confusion and people can manage tasks easily. With GroupDocs it's not a cumbersome task to annotate PDF or Word documents. GroupDocs Annotation supports most popular file formats!

GroupDocs Annotation is effective when collaborating in global teams. Constant reviews and updates are needed. GroupDocs Annotation allows you to streamline the review process and reduce the communication gap. From online PDF annotation to online image annotation, GroupDocs' app lets you share ideas, communicate and complete tasks faster.

Installing The Annotation Plugin

Refer to the online help for instructions on installing and using GroupDocs' annotation plugin for CMSMS.

Please Note: to start using GroupDocs Annotation on your CMSMS website, you need to sign up with GroupDocs first. But don't worry, we provide a free 14 days trial period so you can test the app before purchasing it.

Why GroupDocs Annotation?

Digital media has changed the way companies operate. As the web takes center-stage, corporations are remodeling their businesses to suit new needs. Collaboration is very important for many reasons: get instant updates, stay current, save time and deliver content. In the same context, document sharing and reviewing has seen a paradigm shift from the traditional sharing of Word documents via email. People want real-time collaboration between groups to resolve complex discussions or views before releasing a product. GroupDocs Annotation helps them with this.

Global teams working on big projects benefit from GroupDocs Annotation. Projects often involve collaboration between multiple groups, which means that a document goes through multiple reviews. It can be difficult for editors and writers who have to collaborate with every team and gather feedback. Not anymore! Share documents and invite teams to participate in collaborative reviewing. Individuals post their comments which are saved in a repository. Writers incorporate changes and deliver results.

GroupDocs Annotation overcomes cross-platform and cross-version issues allowing you to annotate PDF and others document types online. GroupDocs Annotation has wide industry usage and can help banks, academic institutions, law firms, IT companies, etc. leverage the power of online document collaboration.

Try it now to see the difference. You will get going in minutes.

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