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HiSoftware and NetCentric Technologies Announce Partnership

March 19, 2014

Strategic technology alliance allows both companies to offer their complementary accessibility solutions to joint customers

Nashua, NH and Ontario, Canada – HiSoftware, a leading provider of Web accessibility compliance and SharePoint security solutions, and NetCentric Technologies, makers of the popular CommonLook suite of software and services for accessible electronic documents, today announced the companies have signed a strategic technology alliance. The partnership will allow the companies to sell their complementary products to their respective customers to provide complete solutions for making Web, Office and PDF content accessible.

“Our customers have accessibility requirements that include web accessibility and document accessibility. NetCentric is pleased to be working with Hi Software to offer our customers complete accessibility solutions that meet their requirements today,” said Monir ElRayes, NetCentric’s Founder / Director.

The CommonLook® software family follows an in-depth, methodical process that empowers authors and testers alike to ensure PDF documents comply with accessibility standards. Introduced in 2009, NetCentric's PDF Accessibility tools were quickly established as the leading desktop software for creation of accessible PDF files from Microsoft Word and Power Point documents and for verifying the accessibility of PDF documents on desktops and servers. HiSoftware Compliance Sheriff® gives organizations an easy, cost-effective way to integrate a comprehensive and automated solution for Web accessibility testing and monitoring. It enables organizations to easily validate their websites, intranets, and portals, including attached documents, for compliance against US and International standards for Web accessibility (WCAG and Section 508). When used together, users can identify Office and PDF documents that have accessibility issues using Compliance Sheriff, and the CommonLook products can be used to remediate the issues and make the content compliant with the appropriate accessibility standards.

“Identifying issues is an important first step to accessibility; making the necessary fixes to the content is the key to achieving compliance,” said Kurt Mueffelmann, President and CEO of HiSoftware. “This partnership makes a lot of sense for our customers who are looking for a way to easily identify and fix problematic Office and PDF documents. When used together, Compliance Sheriff and CommonLook can ensure that all digital content within the organization is compliant.”

About NetCentric Technologies

NetCentric Technologies is a leading provider of software products and professional services enabling government agencies, healthcare, higher education and corporations to meet their obligations for electronic document accessibility compliance with Section 508, WCAG 2.0, PDF/UA and other accessibility standards.

CommonLook Suite of software products offers significant time and cost savings throughout the document production cycle from authoring to verification, correction and management of PDF documents and evaluation of document collections. CommonLook Service offers the most accurate and highest quality remediation in the industry, and is the only remediation service to provide a comprehensive Section 508 or WCAG compliance certificate for each remediated document.

NetCentric's customers include a wide range of government agencies, educational institutions and corporations around the world. The company maintains offices in Washington, DC, Ottawa, Ontario and Melbourne, Australia.

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About HiSoftware

HiSoftware provides end-to-end information security and compliance solutions to help organizations address business process, regulatory and productivity concerns around the secure collaboration of data in content management systems and social environments. HiSoftware solutions add a layer of security at the content level to enforce data and web governance policies and improve collaboration, while minimizing risk on a wide range of digital environments including SharePoint, file shares, enterprise social systems, mobiles, intranets, extranets, public websites and the cloud. HiSoftware is a Microsoft Gold Application Development Partner with over 1,000 customers across a broad range of industries including Global 2000 companies, higher education, and US and international government agencies. Learn more at or follow @HiSoftware on Twitter.