• To convert files checked into the repository to multi-page TIFF files as the primary
In addition to the conversions that Inbound Refinery can perform using Outside In
Image Export, several conversion components are available for purchase and use with
Inbound Refinery. The additional types of files that Inbound Refinery can convert, and
the result of each conversion, depend on the conversion components that are installed
on the Inbound Refinery computer.
The Refinery Process
When a file is checked into the repository, a copy of the native file is stored in the
native file repository (the vault directory). The native file is the format in which the file
was originally created (for example, Microsoft Word).
If the file format is configured to be converted, it is placed in a queue for further
processing. At set intervals, Inbound Refinery checks the queue. If a file is present,
Inbound Refinery calls the appropriate conversion add-on to perform the actual
conversion. The exact conversion process depends on how Inbound Refinery is set up.
In some situations, conversion may be done entirely in the background, with no
noticeable interaction. In others, a file may be opened in its native application and
printed to a PostScript file, which is subsequently translated into a different format
(for example, a PDF file). In that case, windows are automatically opened and closed
on the Inbound Refinery machine. The converted file (for example, a web-viewable
PDF file) is then copied to the web-viewable file repository (the weblayout directory).
Users can then view the file through their web browser.
If the file format is not set up to be converted (or if the conversion fails), no web-
viewable file is created and a copy of the native file is placed in the weblayout
directory. This means that the file is passed through to the library in its native format.
Users must then have the native application installed on their computer to view the
Converting Content to PDF
The PDF Converter feature enables the automatic publishing of native content items to
web-viewable PDF (Portable Document Format) files. A PDF rendition of the native
format is immediately generated upon check-in of new content into the repository.
This PDF rendition allows web viewing of that content item without requiring users to
install native applications. PDF Converter converts a large number of file formats to
PDF, such as Adobe Framemaker, Illustrator, InDesign, PageMaker, and Photoshop as
well as Hangul, Just System Ichitaro, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Visio, and Oracle
PDF Converter optimizes non-optimized PDF files and also processes links such as
Microsoft Word hyperlinks, "mailto" links, and table-of-content links.
Converting Content to XML
The XML Converter feature gives XML-based access to information in unstructured
business content. With XML Converter, content contributed to Content Server is
converted to XML at the time of check-in. XML Converter converts many document
types and supports the leading word processing formats, such as Microsoft Word,
Lotus WordPro, and Corel WordPerfect. It also includes support for popular
spreadsheet, presentation, and graphic formats.
When a new content item is checked into the repository, XML Converter converts the
content to either a SearchML or FlexionDoc format. FlexionDoc is very verbose and
captures all information, including attributes such as styles in a Microsoft Word
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