Installing SwiftView from
Before your users can view or print your PCL documents, HPGL drawings
or TIFF files, they must be able to use the SwiftView Netscape Plug-in
or the SwiftView Internet Explorer ActiveX. Fortunately, you
can set up your website so essentially nothing is required of the
user. "Essentially nothing" means that the user's browser may be
set to display security messages during the process. There is nothing
that can be done about those messages except to assure the user that the
process is, in fact, safe. Our installs use the established digital
certificate process and all downloads are regularly virus scanned.
The most normal installation approach is the "one click install"
and that is shown in detail below.
It is easy to make a one-button install, which will install SwiftView on either Mozilla/FF
or IE, automatically determining which browser is being used.
Show me how
Sending your users to swiftview.com for installation
The page http://www.swiftview.com/dload/euinstall.htm is designed for end users who need to
install SwiftView. This page is best used by small companies or one-time rollouts. Ongoing
installations or those involving large numbers of users should be done by creating your own
installation website as shown in the above example. Some reasons
for doing so are:
If these reasons have convinced you, see the above example, otherwise
you can direct your users to this URL: http://www.swiftview.com/dload/euinstall.htm?customerid="your_customer_id_here."
- You can choose the exact installer you want. We have many installers, but only a
few of them are available from the end user install page. It is highly recommended that you
support to select the best installers for your particular needs.
- You decide when to roll out the next version of SwiftView. If your users install
from our end user install page, when there is a newer version, they get it immediately.
- You control installer availability. Although the swiftview.com site is extremely
reliable, inclement Internet "weather" or other events could make our site inaccessible. If
you're hosting the installers, the installers are always available when it matters, which is
when your site is available!
If you do not know your customer ID you can obtain it from our licensing
department. You may want to add additional parameters to that URL, such as flavor, and tiff. For example,
for a SwiftView blue that does not register to view TIFF files:
We encourage you to contact tech support if you have questions about which installer to distribute.
appearance from your website
Customize SwiftView's appearance for all website users.
Just place the ICS file npsview.ics at the root of your website. Here
is an example ICS file with the file name changed to a text file
so that it can be viewed here. This is the trivial case, customizing
the appearance of SwiftView identically for all users visiting your
Customize SwiftView for a specific file. Simply
create an ICS file containing the customizations. In your HTML page,
a hyperlink would reference this ICS file which in turn references the
actual document to be viewed. Here
is an example which places the SwiftView toolbar along the top edge
of the window. In this example, we know the document orientation
is landscape so to display as much of the document as possible we place
the toolbar along the top. View the ICS source file here.
Demo HTML user interface customizing SwiftView.
Just click to see SwiftView change. Many more things
Adding markups to the document
Overview of markup ICS commands on your
Cool HTML user interface adding "Yellow
Sticky Notes" to documents. Again, many more things are possible.
Generalized markup which can be customized to every user.
We will include both ASP and PHP3 examples.
Embedding documents or
drawings in your HTML pages
How to embed SwiftView using EMBED or
OBJECT tags. This is superior to Frames in many ways and provides
most of the same capabilties.
How to embed SwiftView using Frames.
This lets you keep your company header and navigation bar in view.
Table of contents using fixed page numbers
Hyperlinks in the sidebar of this page cause the document to open to a particular
page number. This model is better for static documents that do not change,
because if the page numbers change, the hyperlinks will be incorrect until they
Table of contents which searches for chapter names
The hyperlinks in this sidebar search for the names of the chapters. Since the search
does not rely on page number, it is excellent for works in progress. As long as the
chapter titles are constant, the page numbers will always be correct. This application
works well for indexing formatted reports which always have the same headings.
Web server scripting
- ASP and PHP3
Active Server Pages (ASP) for MS Internet Information Server
(IIS) and PHP3 on Apache, Netscape and IIS provide an excellent
way of "gluing together" the various operations of your site. They
embed VisualBasic-like and C-like code, respectively, inside the HTML on
your site. That code is processed by your web server and what comes
out is 100% HTML. There need be no client components (i.e. you may
browser client as well. The result is a powerful, procedural method
of creating HTML from data in a database, handling server based files,
This is a RedHat Linux,
site but we will eventually have up an
NT IIS ASP site as well running some of our examples. We use
both PHP3 and ASP extensively internally for various purposes, including
customer tracking databases.
One excellent use of server scripting is with SwiftView. SwiftView
is vastly more flexible than any other Netscape Plug-in or Internet Explorer
ActiveX. That's easy to say, but what we really provide?
Here are a few examples that can't be done, so far as we know, with any
Control which SwiftView buttons are displayed, what they say and
what they do.
Control default SwiftView settings, like PCL paper size and HPGL
Add markup text like "PRELIMINARY" to any drawing or document.
Add hypertext links into the documents or drawings themselves.
Add "sticky notes" to documents or drawings