This week in PDF: Updates and executives

February 15, 2006


This week in PDF, we see some new additions to the crowded PDF creation field, updates to Acrobat and Reader in the wake of Acrobat 3D's recent release and a personnel move by PDF security vendor Vitrium Systems.

Although it seems that anything mentioning Adobe these days is big news, the recent updates to Adobe Reader, Acrobats Standard and Professional were expected, as they bring the products' viewing capabilities into line with the newly minted super-product, Acrobat 3D. The 7.07 versions of Adobe's desktop PDF viewing and editing applications will allow users to take full advantage of PDF documents with 3D elements created using Acrobat 3D. All of the appropriate downloads can be found on the Adobe website.

In other news, several new contenders have entered the PDF creation arena in what has become something of a weekly ritual. Free PDF Converter 1.0 fills a basic PDF creation role, while AutoDWG offers more specialized functionality, converting DWG drawings to PDF without requiring AutoCAD. ASP.NET application development company Spotted Dingo also threw its hat into the ring, announcing the release of its new ASP.NET (.DLL). When plugged into Microsoft Visual Studio.NET, Tasmania.DLL can be used to build FDF streams and create dynamic PDF documents. The developer library creates dynamic FDF (Forms Data Format) content by reading XML information and does not require access to relational databases. It then streams the data into PDF documents dynamically changing their text and image content.

As for document security vendor Vitrium Systems, it has today announced the appointment of a new CEO and board member. Regarded by some as a manufacturing industry visionary, Unger devised and provided environmental management solutions for a variety of service and manufacturing companies in British Columbia and Alberta.

"Ron has a successful track record for spearheading the evaluation of business processes and strategic planning," notes Narayan Sainaney, President and CTO of Vitrium Systems. "His experience consulting with a number of small to medium-sized private and public companies will be invaluable to Vitrium as we help developers make secure document protection come to life in any business product or system."

Until next time...

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