by Jumar Solutions - Product Type: Component / ActiveX DLL / DLL
Average Review: based on 4 reviews.
We had originally implemented our own Printing DLL's using the MS-Word object model. We do complex mail merge for about 200 different documents. It took us months to understand how to do what we wanted to do, for all the different versions of Word. We couldn't just choose one version of the library to code with (as our clients use all the versions) so we were coding with late bound objects, a nightmare! This of course led to many many bugs and a lot of testing time too.
Then we found WordController.
We could literally remove hundreds of lines of code and just call a single method in WordController. It did exacly what we were trying to do, and the cost was negligible compared to the man months we had spent coding and testing.
If we found that WordController could not do what we were trying to achieve, then it also exposed the Word object model so we could still do some hard core Word programming as we had done before.
I have contacted the technical support guys on numerous occasions and always got back a very rapid response. It has always been accurate and solved our problem. Usually I would spend a couple of hours wading through MSDN and Google looking for a solution, but it is likely that any problem you encounter will have been seen before and therefore the answer is at their finger tips!
The benefits to our development team have been:
Remove the complexity of using Word Objects away from our developers leaving them able to do more important jobs
It has increased the efficiency of our code significantly (we are good programmers, but not too good with MS-Word)
No more spending time looking for a solution on MSDN/Google, their technical support is excellent.
Reduced the size of our code (managed to replace 50 lines of code with 1, in one particular function)!
If you do anything with the Word object model, then I urge you to prototype WordController with the evaluation copy at your company. You will soon see how amazing value this product is.
The support for this product is excellent, response to inquires are provided
in a timely and well researched fashion.
I am a one year client as of today (December 13, 2001) and I just want to tell that even if we bought our WordController about a year ago Rainier still provide us with top quality support, which is, in my opinion, kind of rare these days. As long time support is essential when we buy components such as WordController, I still want to reaffirm my complete satisfaction with the provider (Rainier) and a special thanks to Doug !
MIO Informatics Inc.
Our company was looking for a very easy way to integrate MS-Word with our application software.
After searching, our choice was WordController from Rainier.
In the form of a DLL, it integrated quickly with our environment (Progress Software).
Methods supplied were very intuitive and appropriate to solve our problems.
I have particularly liked the supplied examples that get you from start to finish to get the job done!
Merging data from our database into Word Documents, including graphics, was very easy and fast.
Support was just great and they listened to us. They were always responsive.
If you are looking to integrate Word into yours Apps, then I strongly recommend looking at WordController from Rainier Software as a possible solution.
MIO Informatics Inc.