Box Acquires HTML5 Developer Tool Provider Crocodoc
Crocodoc enables high-quality document rendering and viewing in HTML5 on any type of connected device.Box added new back-end functionality to its cloud-service platforms on May 9 by acquiring little-known HTML5 developer tool provider Crocodoc and all seven of its employees for financial terms that were undisclosed. Crocodoc's cloud-based service converts Microsoft Office and PDF documents into HTML5 code for viewing in browsers. "You probably haven't heard of us directly, but you probably use apps from some of our customers," Crocodoc co-founder and CEO Ryan Damico told eWEEK. "We're a behind-the-scenes platform that enables various products such as LinkedIn and Blackboard to embed documents into Web and mobile apps." Six-year-old, San Francisco-based Crocodoc has served hundreds of millions of document previews in the last two years alone, Damico said. The cloud-based tool enables HTML5 document conversion for Web applications that include Yammer, Facebook, LinkedIn, Edmodo and Blackboard, all of which will continue to be supported.
Crocodoc's open-standards IP for extracting and rendering documents will provide higher-quality document viewing for Box's customers, Box Vice President of Engineering Sam Schillace said. Box customers comprise more than 15 million individual users and about 150,000 businesses—including major brands such as Gap, McAfee, Schneider Electric and Pacific Gas & Electric Co.