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Apago ships update to PDF Enhancer

September 29, 2004

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Apago Inc. recently announced a new version of PDF Enhancer 2.6 for Mac OS X, Windows and Sun Solaris. "PDF Enhancer is already the most powerful PDF assembly, optimization and repurposing tool available. We continue to add new features to PDF Enhancer based on market research and the excellent feedback we receive from our customers," said Dwight Kelly, President of Apago.

PDF Enhancer automatically performs complex document assembly and preparation tasks that previously required several applications and lots of manual labor. PDF Enhancer optimizes a PDF file for a specific use such as high-quality printing, electronic edition of a magazine or newspaper, a Web-ready sales brochure or technical document, sales presentation or product catalog.

In one step, PDF Enhancer can prepare a document for use on the Web by changing the colorspace to RGB, reducing the file size with compression and image resampling, correcting structural problems, removing unneeded elements like private metadata and securing the document to protect content and provide access restrictions.

PDF Enhancer can also be used for scan-to-Web conversions also. Using the advanced JBIG2 compression technology, it converts scanned documents in TIFF or PDF into compact, high-quality PDF files. Most documents can be reduced a small faction of their original size even if they were already compressed using CCITT Group 3 or 4. Unlike other JBIG2 solutions, there are no additional 'click charges' per file or page.

In addition to numerous performance improvements and bug fixes,enhancements to version 2.6 include:

  • Fonts: Fonts that are used in a document can be automatically embedded. Embedded fonts insure document fidelity regardless of the viewer's system configuration. TrueType font subsetting has also been enhanced.
  • Bates and Page Numbering: PDF Enhancer can now stamp pages with Bates or page numbers. Users have complete control over the formatting, location and appearance.
  • Color: The color capabilities have been improved in a number of areas including special handling of /Separation /All and /None colorspaces and improved handling of smooth shadings.
  • Optimizations: Several new 'targeted optimization' techniques are available for smaller file sizes without reducing quality.
  • Improved scanned document support: PDF Enhancer can now halftone grayscale images to allow JBIG2 compression.
  • Windows COM support: PDF Enhancer Server products have a new Microsoft Windows COM automation interface.

"The addition of the COM API to the Windows Server Editions permits developers to tightly integrate the functionality of PDF Enhancer into their applications," said Leonard Rosenthol, Chief Innovation Officer of Apago. "Corporate and OEM customers have already licensed PDF Enhancer for inclusion into their products." The COM Server is callable from most Windows development languages including Visual Basic, C++, C# and WSH.

PDF Enhancer 2.6 is available immediately in four versions:

  • Standard ($179) and Professional ($349) for desktop use
  • Server Edition ($999) and a Server Edition with JBIG2 compression support ($1499)

The desktop and server versions are available for Mac OS X (10.2 and later) and Windows 98/ME/NT4/2000/XP/2003. Server versions are also available Sun Solaris.

The upgrade is free to registered users of PDF Enhancer 2.0 and 2.5.

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