This week in PDF: PDF printing standards updated

October 25, 2007


This week in PDF has seen updates to a PDF-generation server application, a pair of PDF workflow software products and PDF printing standards. Last but not least, the last seven have also seen the release of a new text-to-video conversion tool.

First up, Software602 has announced an update to its Adobe PDF generation server software. Print2PDF 7.0 Conversion Server converts native application and industry-standard file formats into PDF or PDF/A from POP3 e-mail accounts and watched folders. The new version supports unlimited profiles and runs in the background as a fully automated Windows Service. Native application support is included for Microsoft Office 2000 to 2007, Autodesk AutoCAD 2000 to 2008, 2.2 and more. Check out the vendor web site for more detailed information or to download a free trial version of the software.

In other news, the newly-merged EskoArtwork has launched a pair of updates for its PDF-related workflow software, introducing Odystar 3.0 and Neo 1.2 at this year's Digital Print World. Native PDF 1.7 workflow software Odystar 3.0 is compliant with PitStop version 7.2, and includes improved JDF/JMF connectivity along with several new functions such as a PitStop PDF profile and action list control panel. By contrast, Neo is a standalone native PDF application editing tool that lets users make last-minute changes to PDF files. Like Odystar 3.0, Neo 1.2 is compliant with version 7.2 of PitStop. New viewing options include 'rotate view', while the software will highlight overprints, transparencies, traps, breakouts and ink usage by percentage. Full product details can be found at

Print workflows rely heavily on standards to ensure that documents are faithfully produced in hard copy. The Ghent PDF Workgroup has just announced updates to its PDF/X-3 PLUS document printing standards in various DTP, PDF generation and PDF verification applications. The updates are now available for free, immediate use and download at the organization's web site.

Finally, Premier Assistive Technology has released a new text-to-video conversion tool. The VideoCast Studio software can now combine audio with video and deliver it in a solution that is portable to meet a variety of literacy needs. VideoCast can convert electronic documents such as PDF files into Video Podcasts, allowing users to both hear and see words as they are being read while including charts, tables and other graphics. Video playback can even be paused so that pictures and graphics can be more closely examined (e.g., zoom). Each page of a book is considered its own video file, which allows users to create play lists or quickly navigate to a desired page. More information can be found on Premier Assistive Technology's official web site.

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

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