Developing software that generates documents usually involves writing lots of code to layout the document.
But most simple layout problems have been solved before.
For example "page numbers on the bottom of a page" must have been solved a thousand times or more...
You don’t need to do it all over again!!
Development is FAST
The power of Docmosis lies in the fact that the templates inherit the powerful features of the underlying authoring tools: Microsoft Word or OpenOffice.
Docmosis templates allows Developers and non-Developers to easily achieve common document related tasks such as: defining page size/orientation; creating headers and footers; page numbering; setting margins; without writing any code!
In the image above the template defines: A4 Page Size, Portrait Orientation, Page Margins and Footer, Page Number / Total Number of Pages and Left / Centre / Right justified text - without writing any code.
These features, combined with the simple Docmosis templating placeholders, means you can easily produce complex documents using much less code.
Templates also allow Developers to work in parallel with Business Teams or End Users, because they can be edited using well known word processing tools, further decreasing the overall time spent on development.
Getting a document to layout “just right” is often a long iterative process of - changing the code - then checking the changes to the document.
With Docmosis the changes to a document (template) are done using the WYSIWYG editors: Microsoft Word or OpenOffice.
The changes are visual, obvious, instantaneous and typically much faster than if you had to make a similar change in a code-only solution.
This significantly reduces the number of iterations needed to get a document right.
When designing or changing a document you just:
- Edit and Save your template.
- Use your application to regenerate the document.
- See the document changes immediately – with no code changes!
Changes to Docmosis templates can be applied live, if that suits your application. This means you can apply simple patches to your application's documents - by deploying just the updated templates – while the system is running!
NEXT: Learn more about Creating Templates.