This week in PDF has seen an update to a major prepress solution, a vendor announce compatibility with the PDF/A test suite, and a new release of a PDF-based scanning product.
First up, Markzware has announced the release and immediate availability of its flagship prepress application. FlightCheck manages quality control of digital files destined for print or electronic distribution. Version 6.11 is a maintenance release that fixes reported issues, while improving several existing features. Detailed information on all of the changes and improvements implemented in FlightCheck v6.11 can be found at the Markzware web site.
In other news, callas software has declared full support for the "Isartor" PDF/A test suite introduced at the PDF/A conference in Amsterdam. Isartor will be publicly available in early summer 2008, with all PDF/A-related callas products boasting full compatibility. According to the release:
The PDF/A test suite offers practical tests for all details of PDF/A, the ISO standard for long term archiving of electronic documents. It has been developed with the contribution of several providers of PDF/A software worldwide, organized as the Technical Working Group of the PDF/A Competence Center. The PDF/A test suite comprises more than 200 PDF files that have been specially designed to test all aspects of the PDF/A standard: Each PDF contains one distinct and particular property that is prohibited in the PDF/A standard. Additional information incorporated into each of these files describes the test case and makes it very easy to check whether a PDF/A program is able to properly identify the respective problem.
Finally, Kofax has released an update to its PDF-based scanning solution. VirtualReScan (VRS) 4.2 Professional includes scanning and image enhancement features designed to streamline enterprise digital imaging operations. The new version's Desktop Productivity feature enables workers to scan, correct, save and distribute documents directly from within popular e-mail programs, while its Fast Scan feature makes scanning, image enhancement, file naming and attachment a one-step process, converting images into compact PDF files. More details can be found on the Kofax web site.
Continuous upheaval is what makes watching the technology industry so exciting. David vs. Goliath battles are waged every day, with startups often winning against much larger businesses. For years and years, many have predicted the decline of the PDF given its age and perceived disadvantages. Today, with the PDF losing ground in emerging areas like mobile and eBooks, the calls for its ultimate demise are growing louder.
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