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This week in PDF: Interesting times

February 21, 2006

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After several bumper weeks for releases, there has been something of a lull in new PDF-related developments during the past week. Luckily, there's always something going on.

Writer Joab Jackson at Government Computer News (GCN) has written a comprehensive report on that age old issue of making sure that PDFs don't contain any hidden information that you'd intended to remove, redact or otherwise refrain from publishing in a PDF version of a formally published document.

In particular Jackson draws together a number of reports from different sources to provide a comprehensive Document Scrubber's toolkit. You can get the whole scoop along with links to a variety of must read documents such as the NSA's 14 page guide titled "Redacting with Confidence: How to Safely Publish Sanitized Reports Converted from Word to PDF" available in Jackson's article 'Without a trace'.

In other product related news, QuadriSpace has added support for creating interactive 3D PDF files compatible with Adobe's 7.0.7 line of viewers, including Adobe Reader, Acrobat Standard and Acrobat Professional. The Document3D line of products lets CAD users quickly leverage existing 3D models and 2D CAD drawings to create assembly instructions, technical publications, interactive training and other product lifecycle documents. With the latest 3D PDF Module, Document3D users can publish to Adobe PDF while maintaining interactive 3D elements. Since Adobe Reader 7.0 natively supports 3D, no additional software is needed to view and interact with the 3D objects in the final PDF document.

On a less business-oriented note, I've been informed that March 5-11 this year is official "Read An E-Book Week." I confess that I had previously not heard of this event, but it seems to support a good cause -- for technophiles like me, at least. Still, I'd spin it to recommend reading a book in PDF format. Hey, they don't call this site Planet PDF for kicks! Anyway, I remember attending a conference session years ago on "Next generation screen technologies," where a speaker demonstrated an early version of the E Ink passive display. This technology was later used in Sony's dedicated eBook-reading device, which has recently hit US shores and stores.

If you find yourself at a loss for appropriate reading material, feel free to check out Planet PDF's selection of free PDF eBooks.

The quiet period reminds me of what I've been (unreliably) informed is an ancient Chinese curse: "May you live in interesting times." I think there's something in that for all of us.

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