Perceptive Software announces the release of ImageNow Interact for Microsoft Office

Instant access to the right document directly from Microsoft Office applications reduces risk of error and boosts productivity.

Perceptive Software, creator of ImageNow enterprise document management, imaging and workflow software, has announced the release of ImageNow Interact for Microsoft Office. The ImageNow Interact product suite was developed to tightly integrate ImageNow document management functionality with other desktop applications. ImageNow Interact for Microsoft Office extends ImageNow functionality to Microsoft Office applications through a native plug-in that provides instant access to documents that are managed in the ImageNow system.

ImageNow Interact for Microsoft Office offers a comprehensive set of ImageNow functions, including powerful document control capabilities that enable users to check-in and check-out documents, revert to previous versions and promote new documents as needed. Advanced search options that include full text search and index-based search also enhance the user experience. The embedded Interact Toolbar can be customised directly within the Microsoft Office environment, delivering easy-to-use features that enable users at any skill level to improve their business processes and accelerate productivity by eliminating time-consuming navigation and traditional searching methods. ImageNow Interact ensures users access the most current and accurate version of a document by avoiding the need to navigate multiple applications, networks or locally stored files and folders.

The objective of the ImageNow Interact suite of products is to put document management functionality in the context of the applications where users work while keeping it as simple as possible to use, said Darren Knipp, Perceptive Software director of product management. This enables users to improve their efficiency with minimal impact to their normal usage patterns while yielding substantial benefits for the enterprise by providing central management to the collective intellectual capital of the organisation.

Applicable in any business environment that utilises Microsoft Office, ImageNow Interact for Microsoft Office is changing traditional document management practices by simplifying the way in which documents are stored, located and modified within productivity applications.

In a legal department, for example, attorneys and staff must keep documents updated, accurate and ready for use. Version control functionality in ImageNow Interact ensures access to the most recent version of a document, while providing a history of changes made and approvals granted throughout the documents lifecycle, reducing the risk of error and boosting productivity. Powerful enterprise searching ability from the Interact Consol provides unprecedented access to existing documents and projects stored within the ImageNow repository.

In human resources, offer letters can be authored, edited, and versioned without the HR specialist ever needing to leave Microsoft Word. This ensures a complete history of the document and fully supports auditing activities.

ImageNow Interact represents an entirely new way of interacting with content in the business environment, said Mark Simpson, Perceptive Software product manager.  Interact is very simple to use and provides a powerful set of functions that require minimal training. The scalable architecture of ImageNow Interact provides a solid framework that can support a wide array of future plug-in technologies that will enable users to experience similar enhancements to their business processes in a number of different applications, including Microsoft Office.

About Perceptive Software

Since 1995 Perceptive Software, Inc., has built enterprise content management software, including document management, document imaging and workflow solutions, to help organisations efficiently capture and organise virtually any document, then easily retrieve a precise page at the moment it's needed. More than 60,000 users in 22 countries rely on the ImageNow product suite to simplify their business processes.

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