AbbVie, formerly a part of Abbott Laboratories, relies on software and instruments in its labs that can only generate data plots by printing. To move them into a digital format, they print ‘to file’ using a PostScript printer driver. Since 1996, they have used PDF FLY to convert the resulting PostScript files into WMF, the format required by their NuGenesis scientific data management system where files can be viewed and plots can be searched based on text strings.
PDF FLY brings CAD drawings into Microsoft Word.
Broadcom, a diversified global semiconductor leader, designs semiconductors and software that accelerate storage and networking in datacenters and mobile networks. Internally, in the writing group, Broadcom uses PDF FLY on Windows to bring PostScript electronics design diagrams from Cadence into their MS Word documentation as scaleable and editable WMF graphics.
integrated the FLY SDK into their LinkOne Publishing System to enable import of PDF and EPS graphics as Windows Metafiles. ABB LinkOne is a graphical content delivery solution that provides correct and timely part information to a large and geographically dispersed network of dealers and operators. Accuracy and reliability were of paramount importance. In addition, because Visual Integrity could simulate features that were missing in the translation between file formats, the results were precise and impressive.
META FLY Key to Successful Migration
Delta Airlines migrated its technical documentation system to XML for the Web. Large numbers of technical manuals were stored in Interleaf and needed to be converted. The documents contained thousands of graphics with vector, raster and text elements. At the time, the only format which Interleaf could easily export graphics into was WMF. They turned to META FLY Server to batch process the conversion to SVG which is the W3C Web and HTML5 standard for vector graphics. Delta also uses PDF FLY.
United Parcel Service (UPS) has come a long way from their start in 1907 as a messenger company in the United States. Today, UPS is the world’s largest package delivery company with one of the most recognized and admired brands around the globe. To support delivery operations, UPS is continually producing ground transit maps in real time that show delivery schedules across North America. The maps are generated as WMF which is ideal for Windows printing. Suppliers like Standard Register and RR Donnelley needed to incorporate these maps into publications that they create for UPS. They use the FLY Server to batch convert the WMF files into EPS files for their PostScript-based print production flow.
Intel, has been the world leader in silicon innovation ever since introducing the world’s first microprocessor in 1971. Technical writers at Intel produce graphics in Windows applications such as Visio and store them in the WMF file format which is incompatible with UNIX. They use META FLY to convert them to MIF, which enables them to move the graphics into Adobe FrameMaker on UNIX as scalable, accurate and editable illustrations.
PowerPoint Graphics from PDF Reports
AutoZone, the nation’s leading retailer of automotive parts and accessories, produces formatted database reports containing tables, charts and other page layout elements in the PDF format. Internal users need to receive the reports as PowerPoint slides for viewing, editing and presentation. AutoZone deployed the Metafile Server to batch convert the reports from PDF to WMF, a native vector format for PowerPoint. By doing this, they were able to automate the production of these PowerPoint presentations.
Taxact is a popular, free on-line tax filing system. In order to provide accurate and reliable service with tax returns, it was necessary to incorporate IRS forms and publications which were only available in the PDF format. To enable viewing, printing and light authoring of those documents as part of their Windows application, they used PDF FLY to batch convert them into the Windows Metafiles (WMF) format.