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This week in PDF: PDF converter adds XPS support

August 23, 2007

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This week in PDF has seen an established PDF conversion tool add support for XPS, an update to a PDF forms-creation utility and a strategic alliance pact inked between a pair of PDF development firms.

First up, Investintech has added some extra grunt to its PDF conversion software. The release of Able2Extract version 5.0 comes hot on the heels of Microsoft's launch of Windows Vista and Office 2007, and the new software is fully compatible with Microsoft's current offerings. The headline feature added in version 5.0 is Able2Extact's new XML Paper Specification (XPS) conversion feature. XPS is Microsoft's new electronic paper format, which has been billed as the new competitor to the PDF format. According to the press release, Able2Extract is the first PDF converter on the market with the ability to open, view and then convert XPS generated documents into formats such as MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint. More information can be found on the official vendor website.

Moving on to electronic forms now, another vendor looking to add Vista support is UNIVERSE GmbH, which has announced an update to its professional form design software. pdf-Office Professional 7.0 is compatible with Windows, Macintosh and Linux platforms and provides a simple way to design interactive PDF forms. The new version boasts a revamped user interface, inline with Vista's look-and-feel, also supporting the latest version of Java 6. Check out the UNIVERSE GmbH web site for more detailed information.

Finally, in a fine example of antipodean cooperation, Seattle-based DocsCorp and Sydney, Australian-based Payne Consulting Group have entered into a strategic alliance. The announcement came during the ILTA 07 conference in Orlando, Florida. Document security is of vital importance when dealing with sensitive content, and Payne Consulting was one of the first companies to recognize the dangers of metadata, developing its now-famous Metadata Assistant. Complementing this functionality is DocsCorp's PDF redaction tool, which was part of the early pdfDocs releases. For more information, visit the DocsCorp or Payne Consulting web sites.

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

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