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April 06, 2006

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I spy with my little eye... PDF newsbits galore! This week in PDF was a big one, with IPEX in Birmingham generating a lot of news, a pair of announcements about April's pending Adobe Acrobat & PDF Conference in Orlando and an update to MetaViewSoft's free PDF viewer for mobile devices.

From IPEX 2006, Enfocus has released several major updates to its existing product suite along with a brand-spanking-new addition at this year's IPEX show in Birmingham. Enfocus has also released a major updates to preflight and automation plug-in PitStop Professional. The big news with PitStop Professional 7 is that it is now based on Enfocus' own PDF libraries, but it's also noteworthy that the new version greatly simplifies the creation and use of Actions Lists, a powerful automation feature. Further, PitStop Pro 7 also incorporates a much-improved help system similar to that in compliant PDF creation utility, Instant PDF.

PitStop Automate is, in some ways, a spiritual successor to PitStop Server, and discounted upgrade paths from that product are available. What the newer product adds, however, includes an intuitive graphical user interface, a suite of processing and workflow tools, along with modular routing and automation capabilities. Both products will be available to in English on May 1, with other languages to follow. For more information and pricing, check out the Enfocus web site.

Also from IPEX, Enfocus parent Artwork Systems has released an update of its own, announcing the upgrade release of its label & packaging workflow. Highlights in Nexus 8.2 include a second-generation version of the company's Concentric Screening, front-end navigation and control improvements in Nexus Manager, refinements to Certified PDF and WebWay approval processes, improved JDF capabilities, and enhanced PDF trapping capabilities at the RIP.

There's more on the PDF-for-print side of the house, though, with Quickcut announcing the release of QuickPrint 5. The print workflow software can be used to both create and check PDF files for compliance, and is compatible with various print industry standards, including those from the Ghent PDF Workgroup (GWG) and the International Standards Organization (ISO). Publishers and printers can use QuickPrint 5 to check and validate incoming PDF files against their specifications via a drag-and-drop interface, or as part of an automated Quickcut workflow -- regardless of the files' original source. For more information, see the Quickcut web site.

When IPEX 2006 winds up in just under a week, perhaps the next major event on the Planet PDF radar will be AGI's Adobe Acrobat & PDF Conference, which will return to Disney's Coronado Springs Resort near Orlando, Florida. This year's event will offer more than 25 sessions, with topics ranging from Acrobat plug-in development and customization of Acrobat using JavaScript to PDF accessibility and forms. With a conference keynote by Adobe Acrobat Group Product Manager Rick Brown, the show will also inform delegates about Adobe's integration progress and immediate plans in the wake of 2005's blockbuster acquisition of former rival, Macromedia. The Adobe Acrobat & PDF Conference will be held from May 17-18, bracketed by pre- and post-event workshops. For more information including a current program and speaker list, please visit www.pdf2006.com.

To round out this week in PDF, MetaViewSoft has released an update to its free PDF viewer for Palm OS 5.x mobile devices. Palm PDF is a port based on Glyph & Cog's Xpdf, and the new version of the software incorporates various bug fixes along with enhanced document searching and navigation features. For a complete list of new features, see this post.

Until next time...

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