Highlights in the History of Amgraf, Inc.
Amgraf was founded in 1976 by Franklin J. Garner, III and Robert Kisel. They jointly developed GRAFICA, a sophisticated computer graphics software package that was promptly licensed by many large corporations throughout the U.S. for automated technical publications production.
In 1979, Amgraf announced the plan to simplify the production of illustrated technical manuals through a new software program named MECCA (Mechanical Editor for Computer Created Artwork). The new system ran on IBM 360 mainframes, output to Autologic typesetters, and could merge CAD/CAM graphics with batch paginated text.
In 1982, MECCA II was developed for Macy's department store's to help produce Sunday newspaper display ad inserts. The new software included one of the industry's first color WYSIWYG interactive page layout functions. It was controlled by IBM 370 mainframes with dedicated telephone lines to MECCA II stations installed in remote customers' offices.
In 1984, MECCA III was born. The MECCA II composition software was ported largely intact from the mainframe to an IBM PC/AT. New graphic functions were written to enhance the product. MECCA III was previewed at a few graphic arts and CAD/CAM shows in the fall of 1985 and formally announced and shipped in January 1986. Over the next 14 years 1,500+ MECCA III systems were delivered to printing and publishing companies and governmental agencies located throughout North America and Europe.
In 1992 Amgraf introduced PixeLace as the first of a series of features to produce high security documents. In 1996, the Triton Remote Proofing software was developed to allow MECCA users to view and annotate their design files on Windows PC's.
In 1997, OneForm Designer was developed to convert paper-based business forms to electronic forms for Windows PC's. In 1998, OneForm Designer Plus was developed as a total solution for the production of paper, electronic, and Internet forms.
In 1998, MECCA 2000 was introduced as a replacement for MECCA III.
In 2000, Amgraf developed an extension to OneForm Designer Plus to simplify the production and deployment of Online Internet Order Forms for imprinted documents. This capability is ideal for empowering customers to view and order stationery and other personalized office supplies via the Internet.
In 2001, Amgraf developed and applied for a patent for LogoDot as a security document method to embed a corporate logo or other image within the printer's halftone dot.
In 2002, Amgraf joined the Adobe Solutions Network and developed the PDF Forms Generator Module as an option to OneForm Designer Plus.
In 2003, Amgraf developed an interpreter to convert Content Metadata expressed as XML into fully composed fillable forms.
In 2004, we began hosting e-commerce web sites for many of our print manufacturing customers. This service allows our customers to offer Web-to-Print for personalized documents with extremely fast production times.
In 2005, we developed two new enhancements to OneForm Designer Plus. The first was for Accessibility to help create Internet forms for visually handicapped persons. The second was for the automated XML-production of dynamic database-connected reports and statements.
In 2006, we announced the formation of a strategic partnership with Voice Signature LLC, the provider of the VoiceBond Web Service - a service that enables companies to collect electronic signatures on important transactions using an ordinary telephone.
In 2006, Amgraf also received nominations for both the Best Software and Best Technology Provider Awards at the Gartner Print & Imaging Summit. The Best of Print & Imaging Summit Awards, which recognize vendors that have demonstrated excellence and leadership in the print marketplace, were voted on by the attending IT executives after reading case studies and attending one-on-one briefings about the solutions.
In 2007, U.S. Patent No. 7,196,822 was issued to Amgraf for the LogoDot security document technology. The patent is Security Document Manufacturing Method and Apparatus Using Halftone Dots that Contain Microscopic Images. LogoDot allows a user to capture any image such as a corporate logo, a photograph, or a key word or phrase, and convert that image into a custom halftone dot that replaces conventional round dots typically used in normal commercial printing. Across the street from Amgraf, the Sprint Center Arena opened with a concert by Elton John.
In 2008, Amgraf implemented an online Void Pantograph Service called VoidMaker. This service allows reputable security document printers to obtain copy-resistant graphical effects software to create a document background with a (self-cancelling) Void Pantograph. When photocopied or scanned, the hidden message shows up on the copy. Amgraf also released the OneForm Designer Plus (OFDP) Forms Portal. The Forms Portal is a browser-based user interface that works through an Internet/intranet connection. The forms portal is a universal starting point for finding, selecting, and opening a variety of electronic forms from a large repository or catalog.
In 2009, Amgraf announced the opening of our new E-form Solutions and Services Center to assist our software users and their customers in implementing world class Internet and e-commerce solutions and services. Also in 2009, the Business Forms Management Association presented Amgraf's president Franklin Garner with the Jo Warner award. The Jo Warner Award is a lifetime award focused on honoring an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the form systems profession.
In 2010, Amgraf added international language support to OneForm Designer Plus so that forms could be composed in any language used around the globe. E-Forms in international languages can also be created, filled-in, and saved into data tables for global e-commerce applications. 2011 was the 35th anniversary of Amgraf, Inc.
In 2012, we expanded our secure data center operations and began forms portal hosting services for several new customers. Amgraf’s e-commerce web sites were certified Payment Card Industry (PCI) compliant for secure credit card processing.
In mid-2013, we processed the 500th online application for VoidMaker Pantographs. Each applicant is vetted to insure that they are a legitimate printing company with a bona fide need for security technology.
In 2014, Amgraf added several new Forms Portal customers who collectively have thousands of clients. These users benefit from real-time data capture, validation, printing and reporting in the energy and financial marketplaces.
In 2015, we contracted with the U.S. Census Bureau to develop a next generation international forms design system called the Census Automated Forms Engine (CAFE).
In 2016, Amgraf celebrated its 40th Anniversary with a commemorative gift to friends and customers. The special-edition T-Shirt, Coffee Mug and Imprinted Metal Coaster packages were mailed to hundreds of sites worldwide.
In 2017, we expanded our capabilities for pension management systems solutions initiated from the Forms Portal enhancements made for the Baltimore Fire and Police Employees' Retirement System. To better serve that marketplace, Amgraf became a sponsor of PRISM - the Public Retirement Information Systems Management association.
In 2018 we developed HTML5 code generation extensions to simplify the design and deployment of e-forms for mobile-devices. As a real-world demonstration, we mailed hundreds of personalized Christmas cards to our customers and friends that included QR BarCodes which opened pre-populated gift order forms on their cell phones and tablets.
In 2019 we processed the 800th online application for VoidMaker Pantographs. Each applicant is vetted to insure that they are a legitimate printing company with a bona fide need for security technology. Amgraf also filed to extend maintenance of our master LogoDot Patent No. 7,196,822 until January 7, 2025. The OneForm Accessibility Option to create Section 508 compatible PDF documents was re-engineered with more features for both interactive and batch production.
In 2020, we announced the development of our new Forms Portal Graphing Software Option which connects portal table data to interactive charts and graphs. Sprint Corporation and T-Mobile combined after a two-year long approval process on April 1, 2020, with T-Mobile emerging as the surviving brand. Sprint Arena (our neighbor) has already been renamed to be the T-Mobile Center.
2021 promises to be an exciting year at Amgraf! Many new product features and functions are presently being developed and tested as we complete our 45th year in business.