This week in PDF has seen updates to a PDF preflighting application and a software development kit (SDK) for document recognition, along with the release of a tool for transferring PDF documents between a user's PC and various mobile devices.
First up, ABBYY has announced the next evolution of its document recognition SDK. ABBYY FineReader Engine 10 can be used to integrate document recognition functionality into developers' own applications. The latest version boasts improvements to processing speed and recognition accuracy. The new version also offers extended image and photo processing capabilities, and an enhanced algorithm for document structure and formatting reconstruction. For more information or to download a time-limited trial version, visit the official ABBYY website.
In prepress-related news, callas software has released a major update to its pdfToolbox product-line. pdfToolbox 4 version 4.5 adds offers transparency flattening for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. The new version can handle files with live transparency for CMYK and spot colors, while keeping most raster, vector and text elements intact. callas pdfToolbox 4 version 4.5 is currently available. Upgrades from previous versions of pdfToolbox 4 are free. To find out more, check out the official vendor website.
Last but not least, 4Media has released iPad PDF Transfer, which enables users to transfer PDF/EPUB e-content from their Windows-based PCs to their Apple mobile devices (iPad/iPod touch/iPhone). Transferring documents with the new tool is accomplished via a simple drag-and-drop interface, and does not require iTunes. For more information, check out the product page.
OK, so you want to stamp your document. Maybe you need to give reviewers some advice about the document's status or sensitivity. This tip from author Ted Padova demonstrates how to add stamps with the Stamp Tool along with related comments.