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This week in PDF: Acrobat 8 rolls out

November 08, 2006

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This week in PDF, Adobe released a major update to its flagship product range, with PDF security vendor FileOpen immediately announcing full compatibility, while AIIM declares a push towards a standardized document format in healthcare. Conference attendees at the PDF Central Conference were given a full overview by Adobe's Lori DeFurio (see Karl's Corner for more).

This week's headline item is the eagerly anticipated update to the Adobe Acrobat product family. Highlights of Acrobat 8.0 include an "on-ramp" interface to fast-track common tasks, a simplified, functionally-organized user interface and native PDF censorship (AKA redaction) features. Also in the new-look product line are Adobe Acrobat Connect and Adobe Acrobat Connect Professional, Web conferencing and collaboration services based on the Breeze technology acquired with Macromedia. The Acrobat family consists of Acrobat 8 Professional, Acrobat 8 Standard, Acrobat 8 Elements, Acrobat 3D Version 8, Acrobat Connect, and Acrobat Connect Professional. For more information, check out the Adobe Web site.

Also in the last seven days, PDF security vendor FileOpen has announced that its Publisher and WebPublisher products fully support the Acrobat 8.0 family, along with releasing an Acrobat 8.0 FAQ section on its Web site. FileOpen products enable security functionality not available solely with Acrobat while preserving security and collaborative settings in documents prepared in that application. More about FileOpen's products can be found at www.fileopen.com.

On to the issue of standards, and standards body AIIM has announced that it will join with industry leaders to formulate a set of best practices for the use of PDF in healthcare. PDF/H (PDF-Healthcare) will be a portable, secure container for Personal Health Records and Electronic Health Records. PDF/H will be a powerful choice for this purpose, because it will be built on the ubiquitous PDF format and capable of containing any combination of text, graphics, and images. Details are available at the AIIM Web site.

That's it for this week! Until next time...

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