Uploading to IP/Court Websites using ndOffice

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  • OS: Windows
  • Browser: IE, Chrome, & Firefox
  • Office: N/A
  • Product: ndOffice

This feature allows users to upload a document to an IP or court site directly from the ndOffice Open dialog. It is automatically included with ndOffice version 1.9.2+

Requirements

ndOffice 1.9.2+ is required to use this feature. Learn more about ndOffice

Supported environments:

  • OS: Windows 7 x64 and Windows 10 x64
  • Browsers: IE (x86 and x64), Chrome (x86 and x64), Firefox x86. Latest version only

Not supported environments:

  • OS: Windows x86 (not tested)
  • Browser: Edge

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Users must Download ndOffice to use the IP/Court filing feature.

To enable IP/Court filing, install the all-user version of ndOffice and choose "advanced options" in the setup wizard. Administrators can also enable it via a command prompt.

Select the option to install the IP/Court Filing features:

Features

When installed, the "browse" button for court websites will open the ndOffice Open dialog window where the user can select a document from NetDocuments. 

  1. Replaces local Open dialog with ndOffice Open in supported browsers with ability to upload ND documents to IP/Court websites. We hard-coded interception in ndOffice for three main browsers (IE, Chrome, Firefox) and Adobe flash. If user wants, he/she may add new applications, like notepad or Opera, by editing ndOffice config file manually.
  2. Supports websites with flash plugin.
  3. Embedded fonts for PDF (for .doc, .docx, .ppt, and .pptx extensions).
  4. Support naming conventions.
  5. Show messages if extension can’t be converted to PDF, or if document is checked out.
  6. NetDocuments websites are excepted. The local Open dialog will display instead.
  7. Notify user to close browsers’ processes when installing/uninstalling IP Court Filing.
  8. Convert to PDF/A (for .doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, and .pptx extensions).
  9. Save converted PDF as a new document version. 

The user's choices for "Convert to PDF" and "Save as new version" in the IP/Court filing dialog will be remembered by ndOffice and can also be defined by a system administrator. 

When an uploaded document is saved as a new version, the text "Document version exported at <date and time>" will be inserted into the version description. 

Disabling IP/Court Filing

When you install ndOffice with IP/Court Filing enabled, we place the Reg_Sz value pair ProcessMonitor with a True value in
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\NetVoyage\NetDocuments

If you want only certain users to have this feature on a given machine (whether a shared PC or a Citrix system), after installing IP/Court Filing, you should delete this key from HKLM and place it instead in HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\NetVoyage\NetDocuments as ProcessMonitor and a value of True for each user that wants it after the initial install and removal of the value in HKLM.

Note that when you're in HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\NetVoyage\NetDocuments you can right-click to go to the machine override, and in the machine override of HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\NetVoyage\NetDocuments you can right-click to go to the user key.
The way it works is that the add-ins are installed on the machine, but ProcessMonitor set to True is required for this to work. By removing it from HKLM it won't work by default for users unless we find it in that user's HKCU.

Note you cannot just set HKLM to false, because this is the location for the overrride of what is in HKCU. So, delete it from HKLM, then add the key to the HKCU of any user that wants it.

 

Items to be aware of:

  1. IP Court Filing won’t work (ndOpen dialog won’t appear) if ndOffice isn’t launched (if the Echo Client isn’t in the taskbar) and browser is just opened. User needs to launch ndOffice manually. After installing, IP Court Filing will work without browsers’ restarting.
  2. Also if user launched ndOffice, then launched browser (our dlls will be injected into browser) and exited from ndOffice, IP Court Filing will work because ndOffice will be launched as soon as user clicks ‘Browse’ button.
  3. IP Court Filing doesn't work after silent installation if installation was run as admin and browser without admin rights. Admin/user can add LAUNCH_APP=0 when installing it using command line to prevent launching ndOffice under the administrative account, in this case user should run ndOffice and browser manually and IP filing will work because both processes will be executed under one user. 

    By default ndOffice 1.9+ doesn’t start itself after installation. Starting Word or another Office app will launch ndOffice or you can type ndOffice in the start menu and click on the icon. If ndOffice hasn’t started, opening the browser to do an IP court filing will not start it. You can override this new default behavior by using the startup option LAUNCH_APP=”1” to force it to start on install.

  4. IP Court Filing won’t work if user manually removes “ProcessMonitor” key or changes its value in registry (when installing/updating IP this key will be added with “True” value). ProcessMonitor is a key which turns on process monitor in ndOffice app if user chooses IP Court Filing feature in installer. If you don't choose IP Court Filing feature in installer, ndOffice won't turn on process monitor (in order not to load CPU).
  5. If a user is on any IP website and changes the URL to any ND website, but doesn’t apply it (it’s just written in browser’s address bar, but page’s content is from the IP website), then the local dialog will be shown. As soon as the user changes the URL back to correct one, we will show the ndOpen dialog.
  6. If there’s no MS Office on PC, we won’t covert documents to PDF. There will be an error message.
  7. Embedded fonts are supported in .doc, .docx, .ppt and .pptx. Excel extensions cannot have embedded fonts.

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