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End Dead Links on the Internet with Svonk

A persistent problem on the Internet these days is website links that no longer work. Studies have shown that 1 in 200 links disappear every week from the Web and 50% are gone after 10 years. Major websites like Wikipedia report that 10% of their external links are broken in some way.

   is a new kind of service that prevents dead links and “link rot” by acting as an intermediate storage for links. By typing in front of a link, it is archived at and will always be available in its original form, even though the original link has changed or does not exist anymore. Also, Svonk includes a URL Shortener Service,, that has the added advantage of archiving the shortened links.

            Svonk is useful for everyone who publishes on the Web, and the service ensures that external links will always be available as intended by the publisher. Svonk archives any kind of Web resource, including Web pages, images, videos and sounds. Users can browse the archive and use the built-in time machine to see archived links change over time. Developers can access most features by using the Svonk RESTful API.

            “Svonk is the first service of its kind – we call it a Stable Link Service. No other Web service allows for archiving of links on demand in such an easy manner,” said founder Inge Henriksen. “We hope that website owners will find Svonk’s archiving services invaluable as a permanent backup when changing content management systems. By using Svonk they can ensure that their old links are still available after their CMS upgrade or migration.”

            Most Svonk features are free to use; only advertisement removal and the archiving of entire websites are paid services. Otherwise, Svonk uses Web advertising as its revenue source. Svonk is currently in an open beta stage to fine-tune Svonk to the needs of its users in terms of usability and scalability.

October 20, 2009 at 6:10 am Leave a comment

Adlib Introduces PDF for SharePoint

Adlib Software, a Canadian document management firm, announced its new product, PDF for SharePoint. This new added-value solution for Microsoft’s SharePoint collaborative environment delivers a comprehensive set of PDF services to extend the value of SharePoint content and improve the efficiency of business processes.

            “The strong demand from Adlib’s customers and partners for a SharePoint solution enabled us to work closely with them to develop important out-of-the-box features in PDF for SharePoint,” said Brian Kernohan, VP Partner Channel, Adlib. “In addition, our close partnership with Microsoft has resulted in SharePoint-to-Adlib interfaces that drastically reduce development time for our customers and integration partners. PDF for SharePoint is a win-win solution for everyone.”

            PDF for SharePoint automates the conversion of electronic documents to PDF, offering the same capabilities available in Adlib’s flagship solution, Adlib Express. This server-based document transformation solution is used by many Fortune 1000 companies. Among its benefits are centralized management of document transformation standards in multi-departmental environments, transforming high volumes of documents, and automating document workflows through powerful background services.

            In addition to rapid integration into the SharePoint environment, PDF for SharePoint speeds operational deployment via out-of-the-box SharePoint workflows that are easily configured to each customer’s needs. These workflows include:

  • Convert to PDF – Converts Microsoft Office as well as hundreds of legacy document formats to PDF;
  • OCR (Optical Character Recognition) – Converts image documents to text searchable PDF;
  • Convert to PDF with Watermark – Adds a watermark to documents;
  • Merge Documents – Merges any number of documents into a single PDF and adds a Table of Contents and page numbering.

            “The power of these workflows lies in how they are easily deployed,” said Scott Mackey, Director of Product Management for Adlib. “For example, CAD documents can be converted to PDF, making them accessible to field operations and manufacturing. Scanned documents can be converted into searchable PDF’s using the OCR workflow, enabling them to be found using search. A collaborative team effort that results in multiple documents can be aggregated into a single PDF document using the Merge Documents workflow. All of these capabilities are delivered as a natural extension of the SharePoint environment.”

October 20, 2009 at 6:08 am Leave a comment

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