Sunday, April 24, 2005

Stellent - "Outside In" Technology

Ever wonder how Google searches the web and indexes all kinds of files including PDF, DOC and more? The answer is some very clever conversion software created by Stellent Inc called "Outside In", now in it's 8th version.

One component you see in Google's interface is called "HTML Export" and is activated when you click [View in HTML] when you stumble across a PDF document (but I must admit that most of the time the formatting looks pretty bad).

Key Features
  • Converts a document's text into HTML and its graphics to GIF, JPEG, or PNG formats
  • Supports over 370 file formats such as word processor, spreadsheet, presentation, etc.
  • Powerful template capability allows custom display of information
  • Can exploit CSS for complex formatting
  • Provides browser access to hundreds of file types

So now you know. Have a great holiday break and see you back at uni! -Kevin