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WebViewer in Appian - Frequently Asked Questions

What is WebViewer?

Apryse WebViewer is a pure client-side JavaScript library and document viewer to annotate, view, and edit documents such as PDF, MS Office, Images. Advanced features include document generation, redaction, measurement, hi-fidelity rendering, document search and extraction, document side-by-side comparison, viewer customization and more. You can quickly learn about the full web version of WebViewer on our showcase here.

How can we use WebViewer in Appian?

We can install WebViewer in Appian from the AppMarket, by leveraging the Component Plugin and the Connected Systems Plugin. The component plugin parameters allow for no code and low code configuration of WebViewer, without writing a single line of code whilst still accessing WebViewer's powerful features.

How can I try out WebViewer in Appian?

You can follow steps outlined in our Get Started section here . You can use an unlimited trial whilst evaluating our product. Once you have your license key, you can just pass it to the component plugin key parameter to remove the watermark.

How can I get a WebViewer license for Appian?

You can request an Apryse license using our Contact Sales Form.

Is WebViewer secure to use with sensitive data or files stored in Appian?

Yes, Apryse WebViewer is safe to use with sensitive data and files stored in Appian. The plugins are hosted within Appian and integrate into Appian's security architecture without disruption, providing you with the same level of security you know from Appian. None of your Appian data or files ever leave your Appian environment, since all data transfered is handled by the Appian Connected System and document processing occurs in the browser.

Also, Appian Solution Engineering worked with us to develop this component. Currently, it is the only complete Document SDK approved by Appian on the AppMarket.

Is WebViewer scalable for large Appian apps / high amounts of Appian users?

Yes, it is highly scalable. Since Apryse WebViewer runs client-side in the user's browser, document processing is not performed on Appian servers. Therefore, you can add as many users as needed without performance impacts, since document processing occurs on each users machine without requiring resources from Appian's back-end.

How can I customize WebViewer's UI in Appian?

You can use the enabledElements and disabledElements parameters (list of text) to add or remove UI elements. To find the name of an element, right click on it (f.e. right click on a button) > then select Inspect element - this will open your browser console with the html structure of the current page. Look for the data-element html attribute and pass it to one of the above parameters. You can review the steps in this video here.

How can I take measurements on documents / diagrams / floor plans in Appian?

This is a common AEC (Architectural Engineering and Construction) use case. Enable enableMeasurement by setting it to true. From the ribbon drop-down in the top center of WebViewer, select Measure and use the measurement tools. You can view some examples how to use measurement tools in this video here.

How can I redact documents in Appian?

Enable fullAPI by setting it to true. Enable enableRedaction by setting it to true. From the ribbon drop-down in the top center of WebViewer, select Redact and use the redaction tools. You can view some examples how to use redaction tools in this video here.

How can I extract document pages or split documents in Appian?

Enable enableExtractPagesToAppian by setting it to true. First, you need to select pages you would like to extract. To do this, open the Left Panel with thumbnail previews of the current document. You can select one or multiple pages by clicking on a thumbnail (hold shift to select a page range) or pass a text string of the page range at the bottom of the thumbnail panel. Then click on the Extract Selected Pages button on the top right of the WebViewer UI. This will open a modal that will let you name your file. You can click Save to create a new document with extracted pages without changing the original document you are currently viewing. Alternatively, click on Save & Remove pages to remove the pages from the original document and save them into the newly created one.

Is it possible to merge documents in Appian?

Yes, you can use Apryse WebViewer to merge multiple documents. You can pass multiple document id values to the appianDocId parameter, to automatically merge them in the viewer. Then you can click on save or save as to save the merged document.

How to annotate / collaborate / create an approval workflow on documents in Appian?

You can use Apryse WebViewer's annotation capabilities to annotate and collaborate on documents in Appian. Ensure that the enableAnnotations is not set to false (it defaults to true). You can use the Annotate ribbon to annotate files by drawing, highlighting, inserting shapes, signing and more. All annotations show up on the comments panel, where you can interact with other Appian users (approve/respond to comments etc). You can save documents with annotations in them (called flattening a document) or you can save annotations seperately from the document as a text string (called an XFDF string).

Is Apryse attending any Appian Events?

Apryse will attend Appian World 2023. You can find us at booth 221, close to the theatre / community hub.

There is a feature on the web version of WebViewer that is not exposed via low code parameters on the Appian component. How can we get this feature ported over?

You can contact us with your feature request or use case and our team will prioritize it for our roadmap. Please plan ahead to allow time for prioritization, design, development on our end as well as review by the Appian AppMarket team for this.

How can I speak to someone at Apryse to learn more about WebViewer in Appian?

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