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This week in PDF: PDF services online

August 14, 2008

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This week in PDF has seen Adobe PDF Architect Jim King blog on the thorny issue of text extraction, the release of a new PDF labeling utility and an upgrade to free online PDF editor.

First up, PDF Architect and Adobe Principal Scientist Jim King has written a blog post on PDF text extraction. King outlines the potential issues posed by improper font embedding, and discusses the dynamic tension between the PDF format's hallmark presentation fidelity and content extraction. To read King's complete post, check out Abobe.com.

In other news, Wordlabel.com has released a set of free, fillable PDF label templates for U.S. letter-size label sheets. The service has been entitled autofillPDF-Labels. The templates allow users to enter information into one field and automatically populate all relevant label fields in that sheet. Users simply need to download and open a template, fill a label field and hit the Tab button. Labels can then be printed in the usual way. More information can be found at the official autofillPDF-Labels page.

Finally, another free PDF solution has just been updated. PDFescape -- CTdeveloping's web-based, WYSIWYG PDF editor -- allows users to simply upload PDF files to make them available for editing. The cross-platform solution doesn't require users to install any software, and operates within a web browser such as Internet Explorer or Firefox. Once a PDF document is loaded, users can view, print or edit PDF content. Completely free, PDFescape can add PDF objects, create and complete PDF forms, rearrange PDF pages, share PDF documents, add hyperlinks, and much more. To find out more, check out the official product page.

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

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