This week in PDF: Adobe previews Acrobat 3D

April 05, 2007


This week in PDF sees a preview of Adobe's new premium Acrobat product, the addition of e-filing functionality to a desktop PDF application and an update to a PDF password recovery tool.

First up, Adobe is offering site visitors a sneak peek at its pending release of Acrobat 3D version 8. The new version will deliver enhanced production of compressed PDF documents from complex CAD assemblies and enable users to distribute product manufacturing information in PDF. Users will be able to export precise manufacturing CAD data from PDF into neutral file formats such as STEP, IGES and Parasolid for downstream processes such as machining operations or tool and mold design. To find out more, download a copy of the preview from Adobe Labs.

Also on the upgrade/R&D front, DocsCorp has released an update to its desktop PDF application. In addition to improved integration with Microsoft Office, document management systems and various devices, pdfDocs Desktop 1.9 also adds a specialized feature designed to split large files into smaller parts suitable for e-filing. More information can be found on DocsCorp Web site.

Last but not least, Elcomsoft has released an Acrobat 8-compliant version of its PDF password recovery tools. The products in version 3.0 of the Advanced PDF Password Recovery (APDFPR) range allow managers to recover lost and destroyed passwords or deal with employees who are unable to edit and print password-protected PDF files. For more, check out the APDFPR Web site.

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

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