What is DocView?
DocView is a 16-bit Windows software program developed by the National Library of Medicine that, while designed for 16-bit Windows operating systems, also runs under any of the current 32-bit Windows operating systems. It is intended to aid the library patron in receiving library documents delivered through the Internet. It can also aid librarians who deliver documents via the Internet via Ariel, a document delivery solution developed by Research Libraries Group, and currently available from InfoTrieve. It is compatible with Ariel version 3.3 and earlier versions. It is not compatible with Ariel version 3.4 and later versions.
DocView can receive documents either directly or indirectly using any of these three techniques. By using the Ariel system, for instance, a librarian can scan a document such as a journal article to create bitmapped images. Ariel can send these images to another Ariel system, and it can send them to any computer running DocView. When DocView receives the document images, it notifies the user, who in turn can view or print the document.
DocView offers a number of features for using the document, including electronic bookmarks, zoom and shrink, rotation and document management. The recipient may also have DocView forward the document to another person over the Internet using email or Ariel communication protocols.