This week in PDF: Hot wires!

August 23, 2006


This week in PDF, the wires have been running hot. Darn hot. In fact, it's barely possible to take a step without stepping on a press release connected to the wonderful world of PDF. Busy is good, though. This week, there have been industry newsbits, developments around some well-known PDF libraries and updates to a trio of conversion tools.

In industry news, the Ghent PDF Workgroup (GWG) has announced the highlights of its quarterly summit in Brussels, held in July. Among these were the recognition of Enfocus PitStop, Agfa Apogee and DevZero Printsure as being compliant with the most current GWG specification and the announcement of new specifications to be due in the Northern Fall. For more on the GWG, check out the official Web site.

Moving on to the topic of libraries, both PDFlib and Big Faceless Organization (BFO) have good news. BFO has released version 2.7.1 of its PDF Library. BFO's PDF Library now allows for the signing and date-stamping of documents, and for the authenticity of those documents to be verified.

PDFlib, on the other hand, has announced its PDFlib 7 suite, including PDFlib, PDFlib+PDI and PDFlib Personalization Server (PPS). The new version offers a variety of new and improved features such as a table formatter, PDF/A output for longtime archiving, AES encryption, integrated pCOS analyzing tools and a repair and optimization mode for input PDFs, among others. A public beta version of the suite is now available for testing.

Finally, let's talk PDF conversion, shall we? It seems that a lot of people have been, with update announcements to three different conversion tools in the last 7 days. Japanese company Recosoft has announced the September release of its PDF2Office Personal v3.0 for Mac OS X product. The major update to the PDF-to-Word plug-in for Microsoft Word adds the ability to convert password-protected PDF documents for documents with known passwords and a swag of other new goodies for up- or cross-grading users.

For its part, Redmond, Washington-based Solid Documents has released Solid Converter PDF version 3.1. The update expands the range of PDF documents that can be converted into Word format, with enhanced support for various layout and text orientations.

Last but not least, Snowtide Informatics Systems has released the latest version of its PDF content extraction API. PDFTextStream v2.0 is now available on the Python and .NET platforms as well as for Java. The new version also supports the extraction of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean (CJK) text, simplifies content extraction from unstructured PDF documents and adds the ability to recognize and interpret tabular data in PDF documents.

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

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