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This week in PDF: Adobe opens the '3D' in 'Acrobat 3D'

June 07, 2007

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In the wake of last week's major update to Adobe's premium Acrobat offering, Adobe has released the specification for the format that put the '3D' in 'Acrobat 3D'. This week in PDF also sees Bluestream and RenderX ink an OEM pact and an addition to LockLizard's PDF security offerings.

First up, the Acrobat news. Following the May 30 release of Acrobat 8.0 3D, Adobe has released the specification for its portable PRC format. According to a blog entry on the Acrobat Users Web site, this format is what 'allows for large assemblies, high compression that stores exact geometry and the tolerances necessary for export to STEP or IGES for manufacturing.' Access to the specification will enable developers to create standalone applications or build Acrobat 3D 8.0 plug-ins to manipulate PRC files and Acrobat 3D 8.0-compatible PDFs. The PRC specification can be found on Adobe.com.

Moving from elaborate 3D-modelling to 2D ink now, and XML content management and database technology company Bluestream Database Software Corp. has signed an OEM deal with RenderX, a developer of software for standards-based, typeset-quality electronic and print output of business content and technical publications. Bluestream has selected RenderX XEP engine as the primary publishing PDF and PostScript solution for its XDocs content management system. Its support for open standards and seamless configuration allows end-users to publish PDF documents without any knowledge of XML technologies. For more on RenderX's technology offerings, check out the RenderX Web site.

Finally, LockLizard has announced a brand-new command line interface for its PDF security product. An extension to Lizard Safeguard, Safeguard Command Line applies batch encryption and Digital Rights Management controls to multiple PDF documents, allowing publishers to issue batch file commands directly into the Writer program without needing to use the manual GUI interface. It provides the same functionality as the GUI, and command line instructions may either be given directly from a terminal or issued by batch programs. This simplifies integration with other business processes and allows protection definitions to be standardized reliably. Full release details can be found on the vendor Web site.

That's it for this week. Watch this space!

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