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This week in PDF: The three Ds

June 01, 2006

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This week in PDF sees a pair of 3D-related PDF announcements from as many companies, the release of a batch ASCII-to-PDF conversion engine and an Office add-in for the conversion of documents into PDF.

First off, let's look at the two 3D announcements, eh? Octaga announced that it has commenced development of an X3D plug-in for Adobe Acrobat and Reader that will allow users to view and interact with embedded 3D elements. More information can be found at the Octaga Web site, and the plug-in will be demonstrated at the ACM SIGGRAPH Conference in Boston, MA., 30 July to 3 August.

The other piece of 3D news is that QuadriSpace will be previewing the update to its Document3D product suite, which is comprised of the Publisher3D and Pages3D product lines. The demonstrations will cover topics such as the effective use of 3D models without CAD software, updating documents to reflect design changes and step-by-step tutorials. The demos will be presented for the first time at the PTC/User World Event 2006, Booth #508 on June 4-6 in Dallas, TX. More information on the product can be found on the QuadriSpace Web site.

Onto PDF conversion now, and Tinynice Software has released a batch-based tool for creating PDF documents from simple ASCII text. Tinynice Txt2PDF allows users to customize such things as font properties, page layout and margin values among others. Its main strength is its speed, and it can be used via a simple point-and-click GUI or command-line interface. Full product information can be found on the Tinynice Software Web site.

Finally, another PDF creation utility -- this time, a PDF conversion add-in for Office from LexExec LLC. pdfExec Professional is fully integrated with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Publisher, Visio, Project and Outlook. Perhaps most importantly, the product does not require Acrobat. For more, check out the company Web site.

That's it for this week! Until next time...

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