Viewer Comparison, VTJ and VTU

ViewTIFF for Java ViewTIFF Universal
Works on most mobile devices, including smart phones and tablets, as well as modern desktop web browsers
Works on those desktop web browsers which have Java plugin support, including Internet Explorer on Windows, Safari on Mac OS X, and older versions of Firefox
Installs at the web server, no client installation
User Features
Complete markup including "Wang annotations" compatibility
Pen drawing markup
Thumbnails and page navigation controls
Print and save images
Pan, zoom, rotate images
View images off-line

ViewTIFF for Java (VTJ) is designed for desktop and laptop computers.

ViewTIFF Universal (VTU) is designed for tablets and smart phones. Since VTU complies with the current web standards, it will run on any device (see compatibility chart).


Like ViewTIFF for Java, ViewTIFF Universal installs by placing an Acordex-supplied folder on your server. Then, in your web page where you want to display document images to users, you call the Acordex provided view image function. Your users do not have to install anything on their mobile device or computer.

Java Plug-in requirement

ViewTIFF Universal does not require a Java Plug-in (also called a Java Virtual Machine "JVM" or a Java Runtime Environment "JRE"), whereas VTJ does require a Java Pug-in in the client's browser. Some customers prefer to not support a Java Plug-in, and are moving towards VTU for desktop PCs as well as mobile devices. Acordex's roadmap includes the expansion of VTU technology to create new image viewers with all of the rich features offered in VTJ. If you are one of our many happy VTJ customers, call us about migrating to a VTU-based solution.

Customer experience

"It's such a pleasure to do business with a software company that actually delivers exactly what they promised when they promised it! ViewTIFF Universal dropped into our environment exactly as planned - my client and their customers love the results!"   - Guillaume Allen, Consultant