Japan-based Recosoft Corporation announced that they will be shipping their much-anticipated PDF2ID 1.0 tool for converting PDF documents to the Adobe InDesign CS2/CS3 format in September 2007.
The tool won't be shipped till August although the company is announcing the tool and how to order it on its web site starting Thursday of this week.
This truly one of a kind plug-in converts PDF documents into a fully editable InDesign file by recreating the intended construction and layout of the document. This construction includes forming paragraphs, applying styles, regrouping independent graphic elements, image extraction, creating tables and recovering annotations and any other elements automatically.
I reached Paul Chadha late last week and he was kind enough to give me the scoop about the plug-in and we'll be doing a full interview in late August. Meanwhile here are some tidbits to tide you over till that interview.
In response to how he feels about the tool's debut and what features he is most excited about Chadha noted, "The whole tool is exciting, it's the first of a kind in the world. And to get to specifics we have gradients, clipping paths, text on a path -- and beyond all converted to the ID format and fully editable. Everything is an ID property."
According to Chadha, "PDF2ID attempts to recreate the intended construction and layout of the file by analyzing the contents of the PDF document. In addition to text extraction, PDF2ID also applies text fonts and styles, regroups independent graphic elements and creates tables. It also performs contextual analytics so that related data are correlated and remain together."
And Chada went on in particular to say that, "PDF2ID doesn't make InDesign to a PDF file-editing tool. PDF2ID doesn't provide round tripping of a PDF file to an editable InDesign file type. Rather, the primary scope and objective of PDF2ID is to provide a seamless and transparent mechanism for PDF data recovery and reuse within InDesign."
For users the tool enables you to capture data into PDF then designers, pre-press and page layout folks can accept a PDF file and recover and reuse the contents transparently, which Chadha says "effectively furthers PDF as an exchange standard."
"If you think about it, users don't have to worry about whether the originating software was a database and you had to then do some munging to send it to the designer or the designer had to retype the whole contents into a new ID document. Even migrating old data to newer tools becomes possible," says Chadha.
As an example of migrating old data, Chadha gave the Ventura Publisher data example and noted that "recovery and reuse along with workflow automation becomes a cinch and we've added InDesign as the tool of choice."
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