Goodbye Word and PDF, Hello Digital Twin

1WordFlow – Word (1990) and PDF (1993) documents pre-date the internet (also 1993). But these document formats were not designed for today’s world – where information is consumed online, on multiple different devices, and on demand.

Why are Word and PDF documents still being attached to web pages? Why are the consumers of this content forced into long downloads and expected to read documents on a mobile device?

Because until now, there has been no fast, accurate and cost effective way to put content online.

Just as Johannes Gutenberg, the 15th century inventor of the printing press, made possible the creation of large volumes of books at low cost, 1WordFlow is having the same impact on document publishing online.

Bruce Wren, CEO of 1WordFlow, has invented virtual document technology that is already transforming how organisations put content online.

“Word and PDF were designed for the era of printed documents, before the internet changed the landscape and how we interact with content. Word and PDF formats demand that you consume the entire document – there is no option to consume just the page or section that is relevant to you. And yet that is now we now consume online – we go directly to the information we need”.

1WordFlow digital twin technology is the solution to enabling documents to be consumed online – while leaving the original document intact at its source.

With 1WordFlow, your website is actually a copy of  the analogue document – but presented as intelligent web pages with a host of enrichment features – multilingual, mobile optimised, cross referenced, and WCAG accessible.

1WordFlow’s creation was inspired by the disruptions in another content rich industry: the movie business. Contrast today’s Netflix streaming with the DVDs it replaced a decade ago. Until about 2010, millions of DVDs were shipped around the world to Blockbuster video stores for watching on purpose-built players. Today, Blockbuster has gone but the movies haven’t changed.

What has changed is the distribution model, which is streamed via the internet. The user is now in charge of how content is consumed – on any device, in any language, at any time. But documents have remained in the Blockbuster age – the user has no control and no flexibility. This experience is what 1WordFlow set out to transform.

1WordFlow digital twin technology has considerable utility in any document rich environment: government and financial services are some of the most document heavy sectors,

1WordFlow has now applied its technology to the vast array of financial services regulation – launching

“There are seven major financial services regulators in Australia, and well over 50,000 pages of regulation. 1WordFlow has created a single website with every Australian financial services regulation and the Corporations Act in digital format. Every regulation can be searched and cross referenced against a company’s own policies” says Wren.

A company using the site can have its internal policies matched up with the regulations with its own tagline on the pages.

1WordFlow is a cloud-based solution, and fast to implement. Wren’s hope – that documents are finally re-engineered for the digital age. “The digital twin technology gives control to the user, removes version control and duplication issues, and most importantly, leaves the original document intact at its source.”

In designing the digital twin technology, three key problems had to be solved.

Firstly, scale. 1WordFlow handles hundreds of pages in just minutes. Secondly, security. Documents are securely stored in Microsoft Azure in SharePoint. The third problem they solved was being able to paginate the document and create individual URLs for each page.