This week in PDF: Established vendors boost product compatibilities

February 26, 2009


This week in PDF has seen one software vendor announce Section 508 compliance, PDF functionality added to a 3D tool, and the release of a PDF developer library that is compatible with Sun Solaris.

First up, Bluebeam Software has announced that its PDF editor, Bluebeam PDF Revu, is now Section 508 compliant. Section 508 of the US Rehabilitation Act prescribes standards for making solutions accessible to people with disabilities, such as those with reading or visual impairments. As the press release notes, US federal agencies must "use programs that meet Section 508 guidelines ... to ensure that information and electronic technology can be accessed by employees with disabilities." To find out more about how the product meets the guidelines, you can view the Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) prepared by TestPros, Inc.

In other update news, Datalogics, Incorporated has announced the immediate availability of the Adobe PDF Library for the Sun Solaris x86 platform. This toolkit allows developers to build native Solaris x86 applications using the same core PDF technology that Adobe uses in their Acrobat family of products. The Adobe PDF Library for Solaris x86 is available directly through Datalogics. For more information, visit the official Datalogics website.

Last but not least, Tech Soft 3D (TS3D) has released the latest version of its graphics framework. The major PDF-relevant highlight of the HOOPS 17.0 update is the addition of Adobe 3D OEM Platform Integration. According to the press release, this add-on toolkit can be used to allow HOOPS applications to import 25+ CAD and export rich 3D PDF content. Check out for full release details.

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

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