With a simple reader, which is free from Adobe, users of Apple-based, Windows-based and Linux-based systems can share and view a common file. This saves both time and money for individuals and corporations as there is no need to generate multiple copies of the same document in different file formats. Further, the file size-to-file-detail ratio is excellent. For HPC owners however, Adobe has yet to write a reader. Ansyr, a Bellevue, Washington based company, answered this need with their application, Primer. Primer, which is now in version 3.
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With a simple reader, which is free from Adobe, users of Apple-based, Windows-based and Linux-based systems can share and view a common file. This saves both time and money for individuals and corporations as there is no need to generate multiple copies of the same document in different file formats. Further, the file size-to-file-detail ratio is excellent. For HPC owners however, Adobe has yet to write a reader. Ansyr, a Bellevue, Washington based company, answered this need with their application, Primer.
Primer, which is now in version 3. With Primer installed, plug-ins can be added to allow photo viewing, form data collecting, Digital Rights management and Digital Signatures giving users a multi-faceted application that is rich in features.
This richness though does come at a price both for your wallet and your Handheld PCs memory. Primer is a hefty 3. Further, Primer requires a minimum of 8MB of Program memory the memory used to run applications to be available. Ideally, MB of Program memory works best. The lower the memory available, the slower the application will open files which can be painfully slow around the 8MB threshold. The install process itself is straightforward and leaves little guessing on what will be installed and where.
As indicated, it can be installed on a CF card without any issues. If users are using an older HPC, Ansyr has a plug-in available to correct problems some users experience while downloading PDFs from the web directly into Primer. The time it takes to open a PDF in Primer depends on the amount of Program memory users have available more is definitely better.
Remember that your can adjust this in your HPC via the Control Panel and the size of the file itself. On my Jornada , I have adjusted my memory settings to just over 22MB which greatly improved the performance on file viewing and opening. When I moved my settings up to 22MB, this opening time was cut down to just over 5 seconds. With the document open, users will notice that one page at a time is opened.
To change pages in the document, tap the arrow icons near the page counter at the bottom of the display. Users can scroll up and down each page of the document using the slider bars on the right-hand side and bottom of the display.
Additionally, by tapping the hand icon on the right-hand toolbar, users can simply tap-and-drag to scroll up and down or side-to-side on a document page. The main Primer UI Note the scrollbars on the bottom and right of the display as well as the toolbars for easy navigation and customization The bottom toolbar of the Primer display is primarily for navigation.
From here, users can open files, display the Table of Contents if a PDF has one and change the rotation of a document page that is open. Further, zooming in and out is available and navigation from page-to-page is done from this toolbar as well.
From the right-hand toolbar, users can adjust and get information on the PDF file that is open. This can range from finding general information about the file, the security settings of the PDF and the types of fonts used in it. Further, a variety of options available in Primer can be adjusted as well. One of the more handy features of Primer is the ability to add notes to a document.
Annotations is available off the right-hand toolbar and an unlimited amount of them can be added to a document. Next, tap the word or area on the PDF document that the note it to be added too. A small note window will open and users can type in whatever information they need about that word or area.
Once done, simply close the box and a small note icon will be displayed on or near that word on the display This can be turned off by having Primer hide the indicators on the Annotation menu.
Annotation menu The Annotation Menu allows for users to add an Annotation Annotation inut Add the text of the Annotation Annotation present icon and a small icon will display over the word once it is completed and closed. Another key factor in the speed in which Primer opens a PDF is the display quality of the file. Primer allows for the display to be lowered via the Options menu on the right-hand side of the display.
This can be particularly helpful if users are trying to open a file that has a many number of graphics which do not necessarily need to be seen in their best quality. I found in using this feature that using a lower quality setting did not hurt viewing of the text greatly. To adjust the Display Quality, simply open the Options menu and using the slide bar to adjust level you wish to view. Remember that the higher quality view will cause a longer delay in opening a file as Primer as to draw the image more finely.
Almost every aspect of the application can be customized including the Font options, Recent Files list, Image options, page orientation and many others.
While for some, this will be seen as a bit of over-engineering, it is nice that Ansyr has put in the extra attention to detail that often lacks in HPC applications. Almost any option in Ansyr can be adjusted from how images are displayed to how Primer starts As Primer matures, plugs will be made available on the Ansyr website that will create more functionality in the applications.
Available today are plugs that will allow Primer to be an image viewer and the afore mentioned PDF opening fix for Pocket Internet Explorer.
There is no current release date set for these plug-ins but users can write Ansyr directly with questions and beta testing opportunities of these applets. Primer 3. It is by far the most expensive piece of software I have reviewed for HPCs. To their credit, Ansyr does still offer Primer 2. If however you want to be able to view PDFs for pleasure alone, it may be more difficult for you to justify the price.
You can find out more information about Ansyr Primer 3. System Requirements Windows CE 2.
A privately held software development company founded by five people in Comment: Ansyr was one of 17 companies selected from applicants to present its business plan at an Early Stage Investment Forum in Seattle. More than accredited investors and venture capitalists attended the forum. Ansyr pocketed the most venture bucks.
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How can you identify your top options? I tried the 30 day trial version of Primer and found it to work great for what I needed. Although other applications can convert PDFfiles to HTML or other formats viewable on a handheld device, critical contentor formatting often is lost in such a conversion. Do you already have an account? Ansyr is striving to enable users of all hand-held devices to view high-value documents and graphics on the road. Debenu Aerialist The ultimate plug-in for Adobe Acrobat.