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MST Windows Viewer .NET FAQs

Is MST Windows Viewer for .NET a Desktop application or a Web-based application?

The MST Windows Viewer is a Windows Desktop application. It is a MFC MDI application and is shipped with plugins for different formats and features. The plugins are written in C++ with a wrapper of ATL COM interfaces. There are some modules that are written in .NET class libraries.

The following are some of the prerequisites required by the MST Windows Viewer:

  • MFC redistributable DLLs (Shipped with Installation package)
  • .NET Framework 2.0 or higher (Downloaded and installed from Microsoft website)
  • MS XML Parser 6 (Downloaded and installed from Microsoft website)
Does MST Windows Viewer for .NET supports Client-Server architecture?

The MST Windows Viewer is designed to perform all its operations on the client, such as loading documents, saving documents, converting documents to other formats, image operations, annotation, etc. It can connect to most ECMs using our connectors to retrieve, update,and delete documents, view and create annotations, and a number of other functions.

On what .NET framework is the MST Windows Viewer for .NET built on?

The MST Windows Viewer is a MFC MDI application built on MFC v9.0 that loads multiple ATL COM v9.0 or .NET assemblies DLLs built on .NET Framework 2.0.

What Enterprise Content Management system does the MST Windows Viewer for .NET integrates with?

The MST Windows Viewer integrates with IBM Content Manager 8, Microsoft SharePoint 2007 and higher, IBM FileNet P8, EMC Documentum Webtop 5 and higher, and also with all other CMIS compliant repositories.

Is the MST Windows Viewer for .NET CMIS compatible?

Yes, the MST Windows Viewer is CMIS compliant and therefore can be integrated with any CMIS compliant ECM to retrieve, render, and update documents, annotations, and metadata.

Can the MST Windows Viewer for .NET be used in standalone mode?

Yes, the MST Windows Viewer can be used as a standalone application. The MST Windows Viewer provides interfaces and APIs for loading documents from URLs, as well as the local file system. It also provides .NET APIs to programmatically control and execute the functions of the viewer in standalone mode.

Does the MST Windows Viewer for .NET have exposed APIs to connect third-party applications to interact with it?

Yes, the MST Windows Viewer provides .NET APIs that can be used to integrate the viewer with third-party applications. Click here to view list of APIs.

Can the MST Windows Viewer for .NET integrate with IBM Content Navigator?

Yes, the MST Windows Viewer contains plugins that can be registered with IBM Content Navigator to load, view, and save documents and annotations directly from IBM Content Navigator web-based user interface.

What file formats does the MST Windows Viewer for .NET support?

The MST Windows Viewer supports hundreds of documents and image file formats. The viewer supports document formats such as PDF, MS Office documents, and others; image formats such as multipage TIFF, JPEG, IBM proprietary formats (MO:DCA, IOCA, PTOCA). To view the complete listing of file formats supported Click here.

Does the MST Windows Viewer for .NET use Oracle’s Outside In Technology for file format support?

The MST Windows Viewer does not use Outside In Viewer Technology. MST develops its own custom built format libraries for rendering in its solutions. The following is a sample list file formats supported:

  • MS Word 97-2013
  • MS Excel 97 - 2013
  • MS PowerPoint 97 - 2013
  • TIFF
  • Acrobat PDF
  • and many more…
How are annotations saved with the MST Windows Viewer for .NET? Are they burned to the document?

Currently the MST Windows Viewer saves annotation in a separate binary or XML file. The annotations are overlaid on top of the image when the document is rendered.

The MST Windows Viewer does provide the feature to burn annotations permanently on the document or image while saving or exporting it. The viewer also provides the ability to burn annotations on saving the document.

Does the MST Windows Viewer for .NET supports IBM MO:DCA formats?

Yes, the MST Windows Viewer supports the following IBM proprietary formats objects:

  • MO:DCA (Mixed Object : Document Content Architecture)
  • IOCA(Image Object Content Architecture)
  • PTOCA(Presentation Text Object Content Architecture)
What versions of Microsoft Windows Operating System does the MST Windows Viewer for .NET support?

The MST Windows Viewer supports the following versions of Microsoft Windows:

  • Windows XP
  • Windows Vista (32 & 64 Bit Versions)
  • Windows 7 (32 & 64 Bit Versions)
  • Windows 8
Can the MST Windows Viewer for .NET be customized to meet our organization’s exact needs?

Yes, at MST we have provided customized viewers to meet the various requirements of our clients such as adding or customizing set of exposed APIs, adding or modifying preferences to control functions of the viewer, corporate branding, providing custom connectors, and other features.