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This week in PDF: Digital signature tool now complies with German Signature Law

October 18, 2007

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This week in PDF has seen an update to a digital signature solution, the release of a free mapping extension for US Department of Defense agencies and a piece of PDF Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software bundled with a new scanning solution.

First up, UNIVERSE Software GmbH has updated its tool for administering PDF digital signatures. pdf-DocPro 5.0 allows users to apply digital signatures that comply to the German Signature Law (SigG) to, for example, produce and send legal PDF invoices and documents. While previous versions have been solutions for retroactive setting of PDF document characteristics, version 5.0 now also includes legally compliant electronic signing capabilities.

Check out the vendor web site for more detailed information or to download a free trial version of the software.

In other news, the Alexandria, Virginia-based U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Centerís Topographic Engineering Center (ERDC-TEC) has released an extension for ESRI's ArcGIS 9x. The GeoPDF to ArcGIS extension, which is free and available only to Department of Defense agencies, will allow users to import the TerraGo Technologies GeoPDF or geo-referenced PDF file format for viewing, manipulation and utilization as map backgrounds into ArcGIS. The extension will read directly from native GeoPDF format and display files as single-layered, read-only raster images in ArcGIS.

According to Ray Caputo, GeoPDF project manager, the extension will allow DoD users to import the GeoPDF file format as a map background. "The digital image displayed on the computer and as a printed aid remains crisp and clear as the user zooms in to look at the map in more detail, unlike CADRG, creating better looking mission-specific products."

The full press release can be found in the full press release.

Last, but certainly not least, Fujitsu Computer Products of America has released the third generation of its Fujitsu ScanSnap scanning solution for Macintosh users. The Fujitsu S510M scanner comes equipped with enhanced functionality for searchable PDF creation, advanced paper handling of delicate documents, added filing sheets and a new Quick Menu interface for ease-of-use in controlling scanned documents. The new version comes bundled with software that enables one-touch creation of searchable PDF files, along with advanced PDF commenting and collaboration features. More information can be found on Fujitsu Computer Products of America's official web site.

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

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