Business Document Formatting

All output is generated by the Papyrus high-speed formatter DocEXEC on a server platform on premise or in the cloud. All common server platforms and the mainframe are supported. The final format from DocEXEC is AFP/PDF/HTML includes indexes. All output can be directly output managed with Papyrus Server for print and e-delivery or alternatively may first go into a Document Pool for bundling and sorting of multiple documents into one envelope.

DocEXEC can execute any rule based on formatting results and therefore directly interact with available white space, consequences of page breaks, table breaks and outcome of computations on variable data input. Most formatting commands can be defined as variables and therefore be completely data-driven. DocEXEC handles multiple codepages with ease, as each input data string is retained with its original codepage. Complex business document have to deal with 5 codepage settings (OS, input, rules, fonts, output) and for interactive additionally with the search and data entry codepages. Multi-language documents are fully handled within DocEXEC, the Client and the Papyrus Platform. The formatter delivers the most powerful dynamic charts facility on the market and is much more flexible than the embedding XML objects of XSL-FO.

The high speed formatter with no maximum limit can be scaled across processors and platforms - volume formatting varies per applications, data, layout, logic and hardware. Benchmarks go up to 35M pages per hour/per server. Most of our customers have large Papyrus installations producing millions of documents, with some of our largest accounts producing over one billion pages per year, and having 25000 users.

Papyrus DocEXEC Formatting Benchmarks

Server configuration:
2 x Intel Xeon Quadcore X5570 (2.93GHz), Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard 64bit, 48 GB Ram, 4x Single SSD Intel G2

Marketing Letter - single page documents, address data from input file, marketing texts from overlay, outline fonts
pages/sec pages/hour
AFP 12,569.05 45,248,580
PDF 3,070.03 11,052,094
5,798.48 20,874,514
Bank Statement - 2-page documents, address and account data from input file formatted by TABLE command, Overlay, images in IOCA and IM1, Outline Fonts
pages/sec pages/hour
AFP 1,783.25 6,419,711
PDF 560.83 2,018,970
1,066.88 3,840,764

On-Demand formatting

Webusers can request documents directly through web forms hosted on a corporate web portal. All data and every click on a URL are immediately recorded and a document compiled on the server side sent back to the user's web browser in PDF or HTML format.

Papyrus Online Channel

Interactive correspondence

Interactive letter writing is supported by In-document editing and the Papyrus Correspondence Wizard document composition mechanism that guides users through choices & decisions to automatically build documents step-by-step based on the information provided. End business users can enter variable data, select/de-select document building blocks, perform the in-document editing of prompted parts, include personal building blocks, etc. depending on their permissions and document settings defined by Business Administrators with the rest of the document locked for change. Papyrus offers control to the level of which paragraph or variable can be edited, and what font, color, style, etc. can be used.

Figure: Interactive document editing with variables, free text and selection of building blocks in prompted building blocks

Formatting Documents using the Wizard on Browser and Mobile:

Use the wizard to format documents

Correspondence Wizard document composition mechanism guides users through choices & decisions to automatically build documents step-by-step based on the information provided. In-document editing allows for free text and data entry from a pull-down menu in prompted areas of the document.

Campaign Management / Targeted Messaging

Papyrus offers a powerful Campaign Management solution that can feed a marketing database, interfacing to databases and including data from business documents. Highly targeted messages created by the marketing department can be dynamically included in business documents such as invoices. Serial letter mailings are composed for a specific group of people with a specific interest. The Papyrus rule editor lets you slice and dice the database down to very specific criteria for each person. All templates and content for the mailings can be maintained and created by the marketing teams.

The messages can have pre-defined sizes or be dynamically growing by the variable data input. Massages can be placed on fixed and relative position to the previous object. They can be personalized and contain links for response management.

Output Management - spanning across physical and digital channels

In our well defined approach the AFP/PDF/HTML output is also the archive copy. One can now in Papyrus flexibly choose if the document shall be delivered in PDF/HTML per email or printed in high volume. All documents can be collected over time from different formatting runs on server and end user PCs. In a second step, we have the flexibility to add additional information to an already composed AFP or PDF page, such as a barcode if the document shall be printed, or a table of contents when wanting to bundle different documents together for one envelope or adding page numbering, etc.

Figure: Papyrus Business Designer output process definition

It is most flexible and most efficient to choose the delivery channel at time of delivery. This avoids manipulation of the formatted document or - even worse - formatting the document for each channel! Papyrus can deliver based on customer preference, to a mobile phone an SMS to an e-mail server an e-mail with HTML or PDF attachment and to the printer an IPDS, PCL, PS print data stream without any extra step. Every document can always be viewed in perfect quality. PDF and AFP will look 100% pel identical on printers and for viewing, HTML uses different fonts but we control line break and page break.

Figure: DocEXEC provides single-pass formatting (AFP, PDF, PDF/A, PDF/UA, HTML5, Word) with index and can deliver based on customer preference directly to a mobile phone an SMS, to an email server an email with HTML or PDF attachment, an HTML to the Web and the letter to the print data stream in one go, as well as deliver assembled documents to a specified directory location, as required.

Papyrus Document Composition Unique capabilities

In Papyrus, one unified application design can be used for batch, online, interactive, and on-demand composition.

  • All building blocks can be reused via the Central resource collection.
  • All results are 100% WYSIWYG.
  • No screen fonts or internal ISIS Papyrus formats.
  • Any data record or file is supported, not only XML
  • No data manipulation and tagging.
  • No external coding needed.
  • All output can be sent to any of the customer preferred channels at time of delivery in perfect quality.
  • Integrated security.
  • Central object Repository for one time installation, administration, and deployment, tracking, tracing, monitoring, reporting, auditing end to end - from data to archive.
  • Total platform independence.
  • Natural language rule editor.
  • Integrated automated document factory.
  • State-and-event-driven.