NetDocuments released ndOffice 2.0 last week. ndOffice is the Windows Only integration that interacts with Adobe, Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint. The update itself is very impressive, I would update one or two computers in your office, test it out, then upgrade the rest. In this entry, I am going over how to upgrade, not a fresh install. There are a lot of new features of ndOffice, but let’s discuss two of them, the Adobe Integration and the IP Court Filing.
If you have Adobe 11 or 12, NetDocuments has replaced the old Adobe Integration with ndOffice. If you have Adobe 10 or below, you will still use the old NetDocuments Adobe integration and not ndOffice. I will just add here that I hate the new version of Adobe (DC) and have switched to Nuance Power PDF Advanced, which uses ndOffice when saving.
IP Court Filing
This is a weird name, but in NetDocuments defense, I don’t know what else to call it. Prior to this, if you wanted to upload documents to a website, like filing documents to a court, you would need to download the document to your desktop, and then upload it to the website. NetDocuments did not have the ability to intercept the upload button, so you could only upload documents on your computer. Doesn’t sound like a big deal, but I got so many complaints about this, that I finally had an 1 hour long session with the NetDocuments Developers about it. Guess what? NetDocuments fixed the issue. Now when you click on upload on a website, ndOffice pops open and you can choose a document from NetDocuments. What’s even more impressive is NetDocuments gives you the option of converting the document to a pdf.
The reason I bring up these 2 features is because they don’t automatically install. You will need to follow steps 2-5 to get them.
- Windows Only
- Office 2010 SP2, Office 2013, Office 2016. (64 bit office supported for 2013 and 2016, but you probably shouldn’t run 64bit office.)
- Adobe 11 and 12 (XI and DC) (Reader, Standard, and Pro)
Step 1: Restart your computer
Step 2: Right Click on ndOffice in the system tray. Click New ndOffice version is available
Step 3: Click Yes
Step 4: Click I Agree and Install
Step 5: Click Close
The following steps will cover adding the Adobe Integration and the Court Filing if you don’t have those installed.
Step 6: Go to Control Panel –> Programs and Features
Highlight NetDocuments ndOffice and click Change
Step 7: Click Next
Step 8: Click Change
Step 9: Add the Adobe Feature and the IP Court Filing Feature
I don’t have Adobe installed on my computer, so there is no option there. Use your imagination. Do the same thing I did for the IP Court Filing for the Adobe Integration.
Step 10: Close Google (if you have chrome on your pc)
Since NetDocuments is integrating with your web browser, you will need to have it closed. Google chrome tends to run in the background so you will need to close it. Right click on Google Chrome in the system tray and select exit.