This week in PDF: Online PDF form service launched

February 21, 2007


This week in PDF sees the release of new and updated software focused on PDF forms and PDF maps, while an update to a desktop publishing application adds support for the simple creation of rich PDF presentations.

First up, Californian company CTdeveloping has released what it claims is "...the first and only online PDF reader, editor, form filler, and form creator." Users of PDFescape require only a browser and an Internet connection to use the service, and basic functionality will be provided free-of-charge. To find out more, visit the PDFescape Web site.

In other news, the providers of the specialized GeoPDF format used to distribute geospatial intelligence in PDF files has released an update to its MAP2PDF mapping product. The new version adds support for the latest versions of ArcGIS, user-defined datums, automatic labeling and enhanced compatibility with a range of third-party software. More at

Finally, the UK-based Serif (Europe) Ltd has announced an update to its desktop publishing application. PagePlus X2 adds full certification for Microsoft's brand-spanking-new operating system in Vista and now allows publications to be exported as PDF slideshows. On the PDF side, the new version also improves font recognition for imported PDF content. More information on the product can be found on its homepage on the vendor's Web site.

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

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