Pre-Purchase Insights: Everything you need to know before you buy.
By Laura Massingham | 2023 Oct 18
Companies that regularly work with a significant volume of Microsoft Office documents need a simple way to enable editing and other word processing tasks within their applications and internal workflows. The need for a DOCX editor is prevalent across various industries, including healthcare, where DOCX serves as the go-to format for patient records and research papers. Engineering and architectural companies frequently handle large DOCX files for project reports that need to be edited in the field. Similarly, financial institutions rely on DOCX for creating reports, loan applications, and contracts.
This guide will demonstrate how to embed the Apryse DOCX Editor using the WebViewer SDK, making it possible to create, edit, and manipulate DOCX files within web applications or apply the capability to simplify internal document workflows.
Before we talk about how to add the editor to your application, let’s outline the use cases that this editor supports within your commercial application. These include:
Choosing a Framework:
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Now it's time to integrate the editor into your application. The process requires the following steps, all of which can be completed in no time:
1. Reading and Viewing DOCX Files
Use the library to parse and display the content of an existing DOCX file. WebViewer takes advantage of client-side technologies like WebAssembly to quickly parse and render the DOCX file natively without converting it to any intermediate format such as HTML or PDF, which ensures to faithfully maintain its formatting before and after saving. Render the document structure in the editor's UI, maintaining its formatting.
2. Editing Content
By incorporating Word workflows in your web application, you provide a true What You See Is What You Get (WYSIWYG) editing experience, maintaining the document's original formatting and quality. End users can add, modify, or remove images and tables within the document. You can find sample code for editing a DOCX document here.
3. Applying Formatting:
WebViewer UI supports style customizations using an API or through a CSS file. Formatting options including bold, italics, underline, font size are all options you can implement. Manage text alignment, indentation, and paragraph spacing.
4. Saving Changes:
Enable users to save edited DOCX files back to whatever location suits their needs - for example, saving locally for access offline or saving back to a server for synchronization across devices. Allow them to overwrite the original DOCX file or save edits as a new file. Auto-save functionality is also recommended to prevent accidental data loss.
By embedding a DOCX Editor into your application or internal workflows, you can significantly improve end-user productivity and simplify document-related tasks within your company. Application developers can offer a great user experience by building the capability into workflows, with this full-featured document solution from Apryse. Head over to our showcase to give it a try or join us on Discord to discuss.
If you want to learn more about DOCX Editor and how you can embed it into the applications your teams use internally everyday including Salesforce, Appian or Mendix with just a few clicks, check out our low code integrations.DOCX
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