New year comes with a new DocumentBurster 8.3 release

January 2018

DocumentBurster 8.3 was just released. In September 2017 Oracle announced a new Java 9 version. For this release the focus was to certify our software works well with the new Java 9.

With DocumentBurster 8.3 we also fixed an issue happening in the License screen where license activation was failing with an HTTPS/SSL exception on few computers were Java Version 8 (Update 121) was installed.

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DocumentBurster 8.2 Is Now Available

December 2017

After announcing DocumentBurster 8.1 in the last couple of weeks we continued our work and DocumentBurster 8.2 is now available for download.

DocumentBurster needs to send documents as reliably as possible and this is why DocumentBurster 8.2 introduces a new and configurable retry policy. Normally report delivery jobs have only one attempt, that is when they fail, they are marked as a failure, and remain that way until you intervene. Since DocumentBurster 8.2 you can now specify a retry policy, which is important for report delivery jobs such as transferring an email, which upon failure, may usually retry without issue.

Now it is also possible to cancel / pause / resume running jobs something which was not straightforward to do in the past.

Here you can read the full press release which announces DocumentBurster 8.2 availability.

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New DocumentBurster 8.1 Release

November 2017

There are few months since we last sent an announcement. DocumentBurster is now back with good news.

DocumentBurster 8.1 was just released and in this new version

  1. We continued to fix all the little details with the scope to make the automated report distribution even more reliable
  2. Quality Assurance (QA) mechanism allows verifying (double check), before sending by email lots or reports, that everything is configured the way it should be
  3. Logging / Tracing was overhauled and it’s now straightforward to see and validate that each report was sent to the correct recipient
  4. User Interface (UI) was greatly simplified with the scope to make the software very easy to use

Upgrading to version 8.1 is easy. If required please don’t hesitate to send us an email and ask for help support@pdfburst.com

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Beautiful Responsive Emails

February 2016

DocumentBurster 7.4 was just released with an easy and powerful mechanism to send Beautiful Responsive Emails.

Mobile, WebMail and Desktop Trends

We tracked nearly 1 billion emails every month throughout 2015.

In the second half of 2015, opens made on mobile devices surged, going from 49% in June to 54% in November—a 10% increase. This matches trends we’ve seen in prior years where consumers are more likely to rely on portable devices. Webmail and desktop opens have also steadily declined throughout 2015, each dropping 13% since January.

https://litmus.com/blog/top-10-most-popular-email-clients-of-2015


Responsive Email Templates

Designing responsive HTML emails can be hard. DocumentBurster™ makes it easy.

DocumentBurster™ comes with Foundation for Emails which is a simple framework to quickly create responsive HTML emails that work on any device and any client.

http://foundation.zurb.com/emails.html

There are four responsive email templates available in ./templates/html-mobile-responsive-emails/templates/base

All four email templates have been tested across 40+ email clients and devices.

I hope you will enjoy using the the new DocumentBurster. Don’t hesitate to contact us for any help you would need.

Virgil


New Version 7.3 with SMS capability

January 2016

Happy New Year to all DocumentBurster users!

A new version of DocumentBurster (v7.3) was released recently. Along with various improvements and bug fixes this version also brings a brand new SMS message distribution capability.

Sometime back I run a customer poll with how useful a feature like SMS message distribution would be for DocumentBurster. I was actually surprised by the high number of replies I got asking to put SMS message distribution into DocumentBurster. I am happy to announce it’s now possible to send SMS messages like that to your customers.


Dear $var0$ (Customer Name),
We’ve emailed the $var1$ (June) invoice to $var2$ (customer@emailaddress.com)
Thank You for your business!
Your Name,
Your Company Name


With an average SMS open rate of 99% I can understand why sending SMS messages was such a requested feature. Here it is!

DocumentBurster SMS Menu

DocumentBurster SMS Message

I hope you will enjoy using the the new DocumentBurster. Don’t hesitate to contact us for any help you would need.

Virgil


DocumentBurster 7.1

DocumentBurster 7.1 was released on Dec 14, 2015!

This release fixes an issue with the web console windows service.

All the best,
Virgil


Burst and Distribute Excel Reports

April 2014

You love how DocumentBurster bursts and emails your PDF reports?

DocumentBurster can do the same for your Microsoft Excel reports no matter if you run the latest Microsoft Office 2013 or an ancient Office 97. Curious how this works?

How to Burst Excel Reports

In order to support more business scenarios DocumentBurster implements two different ways of bursting Excel reports

  • Burst by Distinct Sheets
  • Burst by Distinct Column Values

Depending on each specific business situation one or the other of the two distinct bursting methods will be more appropriate.

Burst by Distinct Sheets

Using this method DocumentBurster will generate a separate output file for each Excel sheet which is found in the input report.

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Burst by Distinct Column Values

Using this method DocumentBurster will generate a separate output file for each distinct value found in a specified column from a specified sheet.

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Feel free to download DocumentBurster and check for yourself how this software can help your organization.

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DocumentBurster Quality Assurance

March 2014

Can I Test My Reports Before Going Live?

Yes, you can. When dealing with reports and financial documents it is important to have a good quality assurance mechanism.

I’m concerned with sending misdirected mass email.

DocumentBurster‘s quality assurance mechanism is the tool intended to address this concern. Quality assurance should be used for testing, before “going live”, that everything is configured as it should be. When running a test, all report transmissions can be sent via email to a test email address instead of the actual recipients. The emails you receive will include the document(s) as a PDF attachment and the body of the email messages will be the same which the actual recipients are going to receive. Once you are comfortable using DocumentBurster you can “go live” and distribute the reports to the actual recipients.

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Quality Assurance allows to test that the output if correct for either

  • All the reports/burst tokens
  • A list of specific reports
  • Some random reports

Testing the configuration using Quality Assurance is a great way to reduce the risk and increase the confidence before doing mass report distribution.

Quality Assurance mechanism is available starting with DocumentBurster version 6.

Feel free to download DocumentBurster and check for yourself how this software can help your organization.

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DocumentBurster Variables

February 2014

This month we will learn about Variables, a very useful DocumentBurster feature.

DocumentBurster variables have two main use cases:

  1. Configure a personalized email subject/message for each individual recipient
  2. Configure custom file and folder names for the output burst files

1. Configure a personalized email subject/message for each individual recipient

Each of your clients is different so you would like your communication with them to have a personal touch for each one.

Which email would do better?

Hi,
Please find attached the invoice for the previous month.
Thank you,
My Great Company Inc.

or

Dear Mary,
Please find attached your invoice for January.
Thank you,
My Great Company Inc.

I would say that the second option is better. Variables can be used to customize email messages exactly like that.

2. Configure custom file and folder names for the output burst files

DocumentBurster takes a big input file (master file) and splits that file into hundreds and sometimes thousands of separate smaller files, one for each customer. Each output file could be named like 1.pdf, 2.pdf,…, 999.pdf but wouldn’t it better to name the output files like AmerTek.pdf, Acme Corporation.pdf or Megacorporation.pdf naming each file the same as the company for which the specific invoice is generated?

Variables can be used to define custom dynamic values for the following configurations

  • Burst File Name
  • Output Folder
  • Backup Folder
  • Quarantine Folder

Using variables it is possible to build an advanced foldering and archiving solution for the output reports. Following different foldering options are possible. Combinations of the following are also possible

  • Generate one different output folder per each input report
  • Generate one different output folder per each different burst token
  • Date related options – generate one output folder per year, financial quarter, month, week in month, day in week and up to the level of hours, minutes and seconds.

If you are not already using variables you should give them a try. Your customers will get personalized email messages and you will archive the financial documents in a more organized way.

Variables can be used with both DocumentBurster version 5 and DocumentBurster version 6.

Feel free to download DocumentBurster and check for yourself how this software can help your organization.

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What’s new in DocumentBurster versions 5 and 6

January 2014

Dear All,

2013 was a very good year for DocumentBurster. We listened to our customers and, as a result, DocumentBurster versions 5 and 6 got some useful new features. Let’s sum it up and see what is new in the latest DocumentBurster versions:

  1. Burst and Email Excel Reports
  2. Configuration Templates
  3. Quality Assurance
  4. Improved FTP, FTPS, SFTP/SSH/SCP, HTTP/WebDAV, File Share upload support
  5. Microsoft SharePoint Report Delivery
  6. Conditional Report Distribution
  7. Batch Print PDF Documents
  8. Bug fixes and performance improvements
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1. Burst and Email Excel Reports

DocumentBurster can burst, split and email reports for Microsoft Excel 2010, 2007, 2003, 2002, 2000 and Excel 97. You can read the Burst and Email Excel Reports documentation here.

2. Configuration Templates

You need to burst a different email subject, email body or PDF file name for invoices
and a different set of email configurations for the statements? Using the new Configuration Templates you can easily define custom email messages for all your different report types no matter if you send invoices, statements, payslips, purchase orders, school and student reports or «You Name It» any other report type. You can read the Configuration Templates documentation here.

3. Quality Assurance

You are now probably quite happy with how DocumentBurster is distributing hundreds or maybe thousands of reports to your customers. And there is no reason for you not to be happy. DocumentBurster was all the time a reliable piece of software. Still, one of our customers once said:

“I’m concerned with sending misdirected mass email.”

This valid concern was the clue that it can be done even better.

When dealing with reports and financial documents, misdirected mass email is a legitimate concern which people might have before deciding to implement an automated report delivery system. DocumentBurster‘s quality assurance mechanism is the new tool intended to address exactly this concern, thus greatly reducing the risk and increasing the confidence of doing mass report distribution. You can read the Quality Assurance documentation here.

4. Improved FTP, FTPS, SFTP/SSH/SCP, HTTP/WebDAV, File Share report upload capabilities

Uploading support for reports is not something new to DocumentBurster. What is new is that we simplified the configuration and we did it straightforward. You can read the FTP, FTPS, SFTP/SSH/SCP, HTTP/WebDAV, File Share documentation here.

5. Microsoft SharePoint Report Delivery

DocumentBurster can be configured to upload reports to Microsoft SharePoint enabled portals. You can read the DocumentBurster SharePoint Upload documentation here.

6. Conditional Report Distribution

Using DocumentBurster it is possible to implement conditional report delivery. While bursting the reports, DocumentBurster can check and can distribute only the pieces which meet a specified user defined condition and can be configured to skip the delivery for the reports which fail to meet the condition. You can read the Conditional Report Distribution documentation here.

7. Batch Print PDF Documents

Did you ever have to batch print PDF documents? DocumentBurster can be configured to automate and batch print PDF reports.

Use Case Example for Batch Printing PDF Documents

“We purchased a printer which can staple documents. The main reason we chose to do this was for our invoice printing. Here is the situation:

We have two (2) copies for each invoice and we need to staple the copies together. We send both copies out for delivery, one gets signed for and returned to our offices and the other stays with our customer. We are printing many invoices each night so automating this stapler capability can save a decent amount of office labor.”

In order to automate the above scenario, DocumentBurster can be configured to batch print PDF invoices which will get stapled by the printer. Both copies of the same invoice will be sent as a separate print job so they will get stapled together. Further more, all the invoices will be processed in a single and automated flow which can be scheduled to happen during the night. You can read how DocumentBurster can Batch Print PDF Documents here.

8. Bug fixes and performance improvements

We continuously update DocumentBurster to:

  • Keep the software up to date with the latest features, performance improvements or fixes for all the issues raised by our customers
  • Keep DocumentBurster software compatible with the latest operating systems versions like Microsoft Windows 7 or Microsoft Windows 8
  • Keep DocumentBurster software compatible with the latest versions of Adobe PDF or Microsoft Excel files specifications

As you can see DocumentBurster got a good number of new features in the latest versions. Each new feature was implemented starting from a real customer need. We are pretty confident these are useful features and we hope you will find the same.

Feel free to download DocumentBurster and check for yourself how this software can help your organization.

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