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This week in PDF: Adobe releases the Technical Communication Suite

October 04, 2007

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This week in PDF has seen an update to an established document and PDF conversion product, the release of a new Adobe product bundle and a new pact allowing a solution provider to offer Reader Extensions as a service.

First up, ABBYY has released an update to its optical character recognition (OCR) software. ABBYY FineReader 9.0 incorporates Adaptive Document Recognition Technology (ADRT), allowing it to automatically deliver editable files in native document formatting. The new version combines enhanced accuracy in the reproduction of document layouts with new tools, extended document format support, and an interface redesign to provide increased user productivity. The product's core function, however, remains the conversion of images and PDF files into editable and searchable electronic files. Check out the ABBYY web site for more detailed information.

In other news, Adobe has announced Adobe Technical Communication Suite software, a software bundle combining Adobe RoboHelp 7, Adobe FrameMaker 8, Adobe Captivate 3 and Adobe Acrobat 3D Version 8.

"Adobe's leadership in the industry puts us in a unique position to deliver a completely new product, targeted squarely at technical communicators and instructional designers," said Naresh Gupta, senior vice president, Print and Classic Publishing at Adobe. "The Technical Communication Suite provides all the tools publishers need to take technical communication to the next level with dramatically improved workflows and rich features like video, animations, 3D and Unicode support."

More information on the new bundle can be found on Adobe's official web site.

Last but not least, FormRouter has inked a new license agreement with Adobe to offer Adobe LiveCycle Reader Extensions as an ASP service on a Worldwide basis. LiveCycle Reader Extensions allow organizations to unlock advanced forms-processing features within the free Adobe Reader software at no extra cost to end users. When a rights-enabled PDF document is opened, users can access advanced features such as digital signatures, and offline local saves. Once the document is submitted or closed, these special rights are disabled in Adobe Reader until the user opens another rights- enabled PDF file. For more information about the FormRouter's services, visit www.formrouter.com.

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

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