Next® Companion enhanced and easier to manage

Next® is a completely browser native solution that allows you to get your job done from anywhere - as long as you have internet access. Without the need to install anything on your computer.

However, for selected power users, installing the Next® Companion allows them to perform advanced functions more easily. 


Consider Next® Companion - your personal little helper 

Quick-Edit of PDF

Next® supports editing Office documents directly. If you wish to edit other documents - such as PDFs - directly from within Next®, the companion lets you do that. 

One-click reply to email

Using our PDF archive option, you will normally let Next® create a PDF or PDF/A version of all your incoming and outgoing emails. This way you secure that you are able to document your email correspondence also 5 years from now. Having the original email on record as well comes with advantages. It lets you click Reply to email in Next® and the Next® Companion is the component that brings you directly into Outlook.     

Compound documents

When you work with huge and complex compound documents such as video productions, InDesign projects, and CAD/CAM, the Next® Companion handles the up- and download to and from Next®.

Next® Drive

When you work with document templates and shared digital assets in Next® and you want access to those in your desktop applications, this is what we call Next® Drive. The Next® Companion is in charge of authentication and for mapping the network drive so that you see Next® in your local file system.


The Next® Companion works perfectly within your local network, and now it also works outside. With Next® Enterprise Single Sign On, Next® Companion is able to log you on securely using OAuth.


At Nextway we use Azure AD for single sign-on


Installing the Next® Companion

The companion is a small component you either install your self, or have pushed out by your IT Operations. The latter is of course the easiest for the end user. 


The Next® Companion is now easily installed by IT Operations or the users themselves  


Once the  Next® Companion is installed you won't see much of it. A green X-in your active tasks, and a notification from time to time is all. 

For the techies

The Next® Companion is a small program developed in .NET. The installer will automatically resolve any dependencies such as the .NET environment, when installed by end users. 

It is also available as an MSI package for managed roll out. 

For now the companion will only run on Windows, but as soon as the platform independent UI is ready from Microsoft, we will release a version that also installs on Linux and Mac. 

Future enhancements

In a soon to come release, you will be able to perform a one-click install of the Next® Companion directly from the Next® user interface, and have Next® notify you whenever a new version is available.     

Commercial terms and conditions

This new feature is available at no additional cost, to users with the Next® features requiring the companion. Compound documents and Next® Drive are optional features with separate subscription fees. Any consultancy assistance will be invoiced.

Disclaimer

Despite our best efforts, we may be forced to change both content and expected delivery of future product updates without notice.  


Details

Title:

Next® Companion enhanced and easier to manage

Type:

Enhanced feature

Status:

Released

Release time:

July 2022

Affected products:

Next® Contracts
Next® Emails
Next® Enterprise Archive
Next® Invoices
Next® Mailroom

Audience:

Next® users
Next® admins

Classification:

Public

Responsible product manager:

Kim Hellum

Updated:

30.06.2022

By:

Kim Hellum