TUDOR Document Conversion
High quality, accurate conversion of Uniplex documents.
Do you need high quality and high accuracy conversion of Uniplex documents to MS-Word or other PC programs? Do you have 100's of documents using Uniplex features such as tables, fonts, line draw or multi-columns? Then TUDOR is the program for you!
TUDOR provides high quality conversion to Rich Text Format
Rich Text Format, developed by Microsoft, is readable by all leading PC packages.
Line Draw and Boxing
Installed World Wide
TUDOR is in use in major commercial companies, local and central government organisations. For example, TUDOR has been used as part of successful migrations at:
Institute of Taxation
Cambridge County Council
Centreline 2000 has reviewed, sold, installed and supported several document conversion packages over the years. Document conversion systems all work to a "hub and spoke" based technology, that is, the source document is converted on one "spoke" to an internal "hub" format, then converted via another "spoke" to the target format.
This two-part conversion, via an intermediate format has meant that with each package the conversion has not been able to manage one or more key attributes of the conversion. Although, for more general conversion purposes, where there is a need to convert from multiple document formats, this approach is the only sensible route one can adopt.
In reviewing requirements of our customers it was clear that there was a general need to migrate documents from Uniplex to PC based systems, and in particular Microsoft systems. It was also clear that the conversion needed to be "format" rich - i.e. produce complete and editable documents at the target.
Centreline 2000 therefore decided to develop a one-way Uniplex to Microsoft Rich Text Format (RTF) convertor. There are some strong benefits of this approach: speed and accuracy being two key elements. The adoption of RTF as the output format guarantees support by any of the Microsoft applications and just about any other Windows based WP system.
In addition to the obvious requirement to handle all standard text and formatting controls there are five key areas where shrink-wrap packages are failing to deliver adequate conversion:
Correct translation of a Uniplex table to a Word table. Converters usually produced some form of tabbed text, but not in a recognisable table.
Conversion of line draw and boxing. Converters would sometimes output line draw characters, but with all formatting lost, so the line draw affect was completely useless.
Correct handling of Uniplex font descriptions and in particular the ability to customise the mapping of Uniplex source font descriptions to target font availability.
Proper handling of multi-column work in Uniplex to produce proper multi-column documents in the target editor.
Recognition of Uniplex printer definitions and print styles. The expected printed output from Uniplex is controlled to a great extent by printer and print style definitions. All shrink-wrap converters failed to recognise this and so are only capable of producing one type of output, not necessarily that which the user needs.
So, the only conclusion was to develop a new convertor aimed at producing high-quality conversions direct from Uniplex to Microsoft RTF - a format supported by all leading PC packages.
Advanced Uniplex Support
Centreline 2000 installs and tunes TUDOR on your NT, PC or UNIX computer. This tuning will meet all your existing Uniplex set-up whether it is standard or customised.
Single or Batch Conversion
TUDOR supports full batch conversion from a few files to your entire system. We will create for you the tools you need for your particular migration plan.
Windows and Unix Platforms
Tudor is available on Windows platforms as well as Unix. You can therefore run TUDOR integrated into your Uniplex environment or as simple desktop options under Windows.
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