This Week in PDF: PDF-based standard developed for variable data printing

September 22, 2010


This week in PDF has seen a major update to a 3D data viewing and manipulation tool, and the development of a PDF-based standard for variable data printing.

First up, Visual Technology Services has updated its 3D publishing technology, which allows users to view and manipulate 3D data sets using the free Adobe Reader. PDF3D 2.0 includes a new-look API, and adds support for geometric data compression. Other improvements include support for automatic recognition of geometry duplication or texture image duplication, streamlined Library packaging, and a major documentation update, along with new source code examples. For more information, visit the official vendor site.

In other news, the ISO has completed the development of a PDF-based standard that defines a variable data printing (VDP) job exchange format. The new format (PDF/VT) has been designed to facilitate reliable document exchange for variable data and transactional printing. Such documents include invoices, statements, and documents that integrate billing information with marketing information. To find out more, check out the PDF/VT page on the ISO website.

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

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