This week in PDF: Cloud-based PDF viewers released

May 04, 2011


This week in PDF has seen the releases of a pair of cloud-based PDF viewers, along with a Mac-based PDF-to-text conversion tool.

First up is Tracker Software Products' latest move to offer its PDF viewing software via a cloud-based interface. In partnership with cloud computing specialist, Spoon, Tracker has made both the free and professional versions of its PDF-XChange Viewer available in the new virtualized, cloud-based format. The software allows users to export PDF files to images, add or extract text, configure PDF security, mark up PDF pages, and add digital signatures. The new interface means that the software can now be used on any internet-connected, Windows-based system. For more information about the products, check out the Tracker Software Products website.

Also new and noteworthy this week, Simpo Technologies has unveiled its new standalone PDF-to-text converter. Simpo PDF to Text for Mac 1.0 is designed to make it easy for Mac OS X users to, well, convert PDF content into plain text. Basically, users import PDF files and hit a "Convert" button to turn them into text files compatible with DOS/Windows, UNIX or Mac systems. The software offers a simple interface, and seems intended to do just what its name suggests. There are few bells and whistles promised, but it does offer a simple UI, along with support for converting both batches of, and page-range selections from, PDF documents. For more information, check out the official product page.

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

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