Advanced Technology Center (ATC) is on the leading edge of the rapidly growing market for software products involving document imaging solutions and engineering design. Starting out in the standards-based graphics tools market, ATC can proudly boast a track record of being a leader and innovator for the past fourteen years in this field. The company has since evolved into one of the key players in the Electronic Document Management (EDM) and Computer Aided Design (CAD) arenas.
ATC's products are available on multiple platforms and are easily integrated with many applications found EDM and CAD markets. ATC's areas of expertise encompass both the UNIX and Windows operating environments. The products are designed to accommodate a wide range of standards, drawing formats, GUIs and networking standards, such as IGES, CGM, HPGL, Motif, and X-Windows.
ATC's corporate philosophy focuses upon providing feature-rich, market driven software products that can be used either as independent end user applications (e.g. for print management) or can be integrated by either corporate users or OEMs into larger systems and applications. All of ATC's products employ the latest technologies and maximize cross-platform and cross-operating system compatibilities. In addition to providing state-of-the-art products, ATC also offers consultative engineering services to assist in integrating these products into the corporate environment.
Electronic Document Management (EDM) Applications
ATC developed the ForWare™ family of document imaging solutions to meet many of today's corporate requirements. These solutions specifically address advanced view and mark-up, intelligent raster editing, raster to vector conversion, and enterprise-wide printing needs.
Available on multiple platforms and operating environments, ForWare solutions feature powerful yet intuitive, easy-to-use interfaces. They provide the rich functionality that you would expect from advanced imaging products designed for the enterprise. Included are facilities to tightly integrate ForWare products with your existing hardware and software investments.
The ForWare family of document imaging solutions will help make your document/data management system complete.
Standards-Based Graphics Tools
ATC's graphics toolkits are used by corporate and OEM graphics developers primarily in building applications for in-house and/or private label distribution. GRAFPAK-GKS, GRAFPAK-PHIGS and GRAFPAK-CGM are extensive standards-based graphics sub-routine libraries that allow developers to efficiently create high-performance applications with built-in standards conformance.
ForPrint and CGM-Spooler are applications that allow preview and hardcopy output of CGM files; MDL/I is a graphics sub-routine library that aids in interpretation and integration of CGM files and METACHECK/METACALS is an analysis package that allows conformance analysis and syntax checking of CGM files.
ATC also proudly offers a wonderful line of children's software call Fun 2 Learn. Available on a PC/Windows environment, the Fun 2 Learn series includes Math Basics, Early Spelling and a Creativity Pak. These packages are a colorful collection of adventures where youngsters will join Mikey and the Wizard, who will gently guide them on a entertaining journey of knowledge and exploring.
Integration Strategies to Help You
Different strategies and methodologies are required for integrating imaging applications into an existing EDM system. In general, integration can be defined by the level of interaction between the EDM system and the application being integrated.
Encapsulation is the simplest form of integration where an EDM system simply launches the imaging application, normally passing a parameter to it (like a filename). This is best suited for simple operations.
Integration is more involved than Encapsulation and necessitates creating links between the EDM system and the imaging application. The EDM system and the application are designed to facilitate 2-way communication at the API level, which in turn automates more of the interaction.
Incorporation is the most complex interaction and includes actually merging or incorporating the imaging application within the EDM system. In this case, items such as look and feel are typically controlled by the EDM system, while the imaging application performs many of the underlying tasks. Incorporation is best suited when the goal is to achieve a seamless operation between the EDM system and the application.