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This week in PDF: PDF-to-book creation service launched

July 01, 2009

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This week in PDF has seen the release of a new PDF-to-book creation service, along with updates to a an established PDF production suite and a secure PDF creation utility.

First up, Blurb has released PDF to Book. The new service allows creative professionals to design books using the application of their choice, save the file as a PDF, and upload it directly to Blurb. To facilitate the conversion process, Adobe InDesign templates and with guidelines for other design programs are available from the Blurb website. Using PDF to Book, creative types can design books entirely in CMYK, while utilizing native file formats such as TIFF, EPS, and PNG in the book's contents. Images may also be used when designing the book's spine. For more information, check out the official vendor website.

On the update front, callas software today announced a major upgrade to its PDF production toolkit. pdfToolbox 4.3 allows the creation of separate PDFs from different layers or layer views within a given PDF document. With multi-language print jobs, this means that users can create a PDF for every version simultaneously with a single click. The new version also boasts a beefed-up imposition engine, along with support for Swiss PDFX-ready profiles (based on GWG version 4 specs) the latest ICC profiles. To find out more, or to download a trial version of the software, visit callassoftware.com.

Last but not least, Ascertia Limited has updated its software for creating, signing, time-stamping and sealing PDF documents. PDF Sign&Seal v4.2.1 allows users to sign remembered locations on multiple pages or documents, and provides right-click integration with Windows Explorer. New to version 4.2.1 are the product's support for PDF/A signatures and Tablet PC inking. Together, these mean that users can add dynamic ink hand-written signatures before digitally signing their documents. A new "drag&sign" feature also allows users to drag, drop and apply digital signatures to any location on open PDF documents. More information about the product can be found at the Ascertia website.

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

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