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Excosoft: Publishing Manuals

"We have used XEP for several years now, in widely varying production environments. I can warmly recommend the product, not only because of its excellence and competitive pricing but also because of the amazingly high level of support."

Richard Vincent, Senior Consultant, Excosoft AB

"This case history describes a large manufacturing company's need for a documentation management system, the requirements that were defined for the system, and the solution that was selected to meet those needs. The article then provides information about the solution and its implementation". Read more...

Mats Broberg, Technical documentation manager, FLIR Systems


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FLIR Systems

Excosoft specializes in document management processes — structuring, visualisation, refinement and re-use. Their customers range from small businesses to large corporations and government agencies. Their solutions are based on standards such as XML, XSL and SVG and are both client and server based and they also maintain a proprietary hierarchical XML editor and their own visioning software.

A documentation solution Excosoft implemented for one of its customers — FLIR Systems, a global leader in the infrared camera market — was designed to speed up production and reduce translation costs. The sole member of Flir's documentation team was struggling with traditional publishing tools and desperately needed an automated solution. Not only did he need to deliver a considerable number of customer manuals, but he needed to do it in many different languages, including Chinese! However good an XML based document management system might be, if the final goal is published manuals the whole thing falls flat on its face without a competent rendering engine.


Project Statistics

  • Number of manuals: 300 (growing by approx. 20% per year)
  • Number of languages: 17
  • Documentation staff: 1 person
  • Formatting speed: 11,400 pages per hour
  • Page formattings per revision of all manuals for the two largest product families: approx. 30,000—40,000 pages.
  • Page formattings of all manuals for the two largest product families: Approx 150,000—200,000 pages.
  • Real number of page formattings per year of all manuals for all product families: Approx 250,000—300,000 pages.
  • Manuals dispatched from FLIR each year: 7000—8000.

Richard Vincent, Senior Consultant, Excosoft AB:

"We have used XEP for several years now, in widely varying production environments. I can warmly recommend the product, not only because of its excellence and competitive pricing but also because of the amazingly high level of support. Problems we have had with some esoteric issues have been fixed promptly, sometimes within a matter of hours!"


March 5, 2011
XEP 4.19 released

New extensions for RichMedia in PDF,
sticky notes and file attachments, and
overprinting. Extended XSL1.1 scaling
attributes, and styling for bookmarks.
XForms output, support for SVG in XPS
generator, and other improvements.

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March 1, 2011
RenderX at 2011 AIIM

Visit us in Booth #1820 and #1109 at
the Walter E. Washington Conv. Center,
Washington D.C., March 22 - 24, 2011

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February 22, 2011
VisualXSL 2.4.2 released

Improved support for large designs.
Fully configurable custom template
generation. UI related bugfixes
and table editor improvements.

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December 8, 2010
VisualXSL 2.4 released

Support for external EXSLT library -
Mvp.Xml EXSLT.NET module. UI & logic
related bugfixes. Improved XSLT security.

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October 19, 2010
VDPMill 3.4 released

Major release: a GUI application
for full job control, lots of usability
improvements, and bug fixes.

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September 27, 2010
XEPWin 3.0 released

Release enables better utilization
of computational resources in multi-
core environments. XEPWin 3.0 also
contains improvements in configuration,
error reporting and XEPWin API.

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September 8, 2010
EnMasse 2.3 released

EnMasse is now easier than before!
The Windows version includes
a graphical configuration editor
with built in validation support.
The platform-independent version
was shipped with command-line
installer and configuration script.

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August 25, 2010
VDPMill 3.3 released

Release brings job queuing application
with an XML-RPC interface, VDPMill
Control Panel as a console to configure
and run VDPMill components, a user-
friendly GUI application to create
VDPMill job tickets.

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June 3, 2010
VDPMill 3.2 released

Release includes XML job ticket support
as the main format for GUI application
project files, customized post-
processing (OMR, Transpromo) support
for separated/joined output.

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May 4, 2010
VisualXSL 2.3.1 released

Release includes JavaScript for
radiobuttons and action buttons
in PDF forms, further improvements
over Undo operations, and several
display problems.

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