In many document processes, a streamlined collaboration workflow enables an enormous productivity gains. In today's modern structures and specifically and remote work setups, collaboration processes are required to keep and increase productivity.

Document Collaboration

There are many commercial "out-of-the-box" tools and services to share documents. But integrating document review and approval workflows directly into your applications helps to streamline those processes and to keep your data in your own infrastructure.

Full Integration

Using TX Text Control and the DocumentViewer, documents can be shared across platforms and browsers. The DocumentViewer can be used to:

  • Share documents
  • Complete form fields
  • Request signatures
  • Add annotations

Event Handling

With the latest pre-release version of the DocumentViewer, we introduced an event handling for annotation changes. The following JavaScript code shows how to add this event handler:

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The sample in this article uses this new event and SignalR to synchronize annotations and annotation changes with other users.

Collaboration

Comments are also synchronized automatically when adding them to the annotations:

Collaboration

Using SignalR

The sample implements a very simple class AnnotationSync that is shared with all connected users in the SignalR Hub:

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The AnnotationJson can be exported and imported into the DocumentViewer and contains all annotations. It is a very small JSON package and therefore, it can be easily shared to synchronize the changes. The following JavaScript code shows how to listen for the SignalR changes in order to load the JSON into the DocumentViewer:

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Finally, the event annotationsChanged is used to export the annotations in order to invoke the server-side synchronization:

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Download Sample

You can test this on your own by downloading the sample form our GitHub repository.