Documentum 6.5 to 6.7 Upgrade Lessons Learned

TSG  recently assisted a client with upgrading their Documentum 6.5 environment to 6.7. Products included Content Server, xPlore, Business Process Manager (BPM), Content Transformation Services (ADTS, AVTS, MTS), DA, Webtop, Records Manager, Retention Policy Services (RPS), Archive Services for Reports (ASR), and TaskSpace. The client also runs TSG’s High Performance Interface (HPI) and OpenContent products. Continue reading

Documentum Transformation Services (DTS) – Alternative Approaches with Adobe LiveCycle and OpenOffice

Since the very first Momentum (1996 in a very windy Miami), the Documentum user community has pushed for a more reliable means to convert mostly Microsoft office documents into PDF.  Back then, during a wrap-up luncheon, the feedback on AutoRender ( a previous incarnation of DTS) was anything but positive.  Similar to some complaints today, some of the main complaints included:

  • Having to monitor/reboot the AutoRender Server throughout the day
  • Unreliable PDF Transformation included:
    • Unsupported Document Types
    • Font Replacement
    • Broken links

At the time, Documentum threw some engineering effort into AutoRender to address some of the shortcomings.  One of the changes was to have AutoRender reboot itself (not really a fix but it did address some of the shortcomings).   Like other products from Documentum, TSG is occasionally asked for alternatives.  This post will address some of the tools we use in non-Documentum environments that could easily be adapted to the PDF rendition needs for Documentum.

Adobe LiveCycle

For a couple of our non-Documentum customers, we have leveraged the Adobe LiveCycle component PDF Generator. We have been very impressed with their reliability and functionality. Considering Adobe created the best known implementation of Portable Document Format, it makes sense to rely on Adobe technology to convert your native content.

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