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Adobe completes Macromedia acquisition

Dan Shea

Adobe has announced the completion of its acquisition of Macromedia, Inc. The stock-based transaction was formally finalized on December 3, and as a result, shares of Macromedia common stock were converted for the right to receive 1.38 shares of Adobe common stock.

Enterprise & Government   December 07, 2005

DSI releases Reflow Optimization Service for PDF

Dan Shea

Document Solutions, Inc. (DSI), has announed the immediate availability of Reflow Optimization Services for PDF. While there is a Reflow function available in Adobe Acrobat Professional, this alone is only reliable for relatively simple documents.

Enterprise & Government   December 06, 2005

Ubiquitous PDF: Free, printable PDF solutions online

Dan Shea

Four new websites allow visitors to freely download, customize and print company-branded materials. Appropriate templates for business cards, stationery, fax cover sheets and certificates can be obtained from,, and, respectively.

Enterprise & Government   November 30, 2005

Bluebeam Revu for PDF released

Dan Shea

Bluebeam Software has just released a PDF viewing and markup application designed for AEC firms. Along with existing desktop products Pushbutton Plus and Bluebeam Lite, Bluebeam Revu for PDF forms a complete solution for the creation of PDF files from CAD, viewing of large format PDF files and easy markup of PDF designs.

Creative & Print   November 30, 2005

pdf-Office Professional 4.0 released

Dan Shea

Universe Software GmbH has announced the release of a new, low-cost application that it has billed as a competitor to Adobe Acrobat Professional for the creation of PDF forms for use with the free Adobe Reader. The interface of pdf-Office Professional 4.0 resembles that of Microsoft Word, and allows for the direct manipulation of text, graphics and form fields.

Enterprise & Government   November 30, 2005

Ubiquitous PDF: Sudoku in PDF

Dan Shea

Looking for your weekly or daily fix of Sudoku? Also known as Number Place in the US, Sudoku is the puzzle craze that is sweeping the world. You can now download a blank Sudoku grid as a free, fillable PDF from

Enterprise & Government   November 23, 2005

APSplit Desktop Edition released

Dan Shea

Appligent, Inc. has announced the release of APSplit Desktop Edition, a standalone application for preparing PDF files to meet the document size requirements imposed by the courts and other government institutions on electronic filing submissions. Because it is based on Appligent's SPDF libraries, APSplit DE runs independently as a desktop application rather than as a plug-in for Adobe Acrobat.

Enterprise & Government   November 23, 2005

PDFTextStream Upgraded, v1.4 extracts PDF form content

Dan Shea

Snowtide Informatics Systems, Inc. has this week announced an update to its PDF content extraction library for Java applications and web services. Version 1.4 expands PDFTextStream's Pure Java API to include support for extracting PDF form data, enhances performance, and introduces an expanded PDF document model.

Developer   November 23, 2005

ThinkFree Office Online adds PDF and German language support

Dan Shea

ThinkFree has recently added significant features to its innovative online solution. ThinkFree Office Online offers functionality similar to that of Microsoft Office via a free online service. While already intriguing, the PDF relevance was introduced with the latest update, which adds support for PDF output and the German language.

Enterprise & Government   November 16, 2005

PDF Forum for Print Production in Miami

Dan Shea

XPLOR has announced that it will be running its inaugural PDF FORUM for Print Production in Florida's Miami Beach Convention Center. Swiss expert Stephan Jaeggi, well known for his extensive knowledge of PDF prepress, will chair the PDF FORUM.

Creative & Print   November 16, 2005

SwiftView Pro released

Dan Shea

SwiftView, Inc. has released SwiftView Pro, an enhanced version of the existing SwiftView PCL viewer. The product's enhanced rendering quality and PCL color support is also available in the latest release of SwiftConvert, which enables automated batch conversion to PDF.

Creative & Print   November 16, 2005

Vitrium Systems launches protectedpdf

Dan Shea

Vancouver, BC-based Vitrium Systems has recently launched a pair of new PDF DRM solutions. protectedpdf and protectedpdf.crm are both Software as Service (SaS) digital rights management (DRM) solutions, albeit with distinct functionality. protectedpdf allows business people to secure, control and audit access to sensitive documents, while protectedpdf.crm puts the same tracking and updating functionality in the service of sales & marketing professionals, allowing them to measure the reach and impact of white papers, sell sheets, and other collateral.

Enterprise & Government   November 09, 2005

Ubiquitous PDF: Celebrating Christmas Magazine available for download

Dan Shea

With the holiday season almost upon us, 'tis the season to be planning... One thing that might reduce the stress for some during this time is the 2005 issue of Celebrating Christmas PDF Magazine, which is now freely available for download. It's a complete holiday magazine, which can be downloaded and even printed out for personal use and to share with family and friends.

Enterprise & Government   November 08, 2005

PDF/X FAQ updated

Dan Shea

Finding clear and complete answers to PDF/X questions can be tough, but Global Graphics' Martin Bailey has just made it a little easier by updating his popular "PDF/X: Frequently Asked Questions" document. Released last week, the updated document was a response to a perceived industry need, and has already been accepted for publication on various industry sites.

Creative & Print   November 07, 2005

Remote Approach v2.0 launched

Dan Shea

Remote Approach has launched version 2.0 of its PDF document measurement software. Remote Approach 2.0 includes new page measurement features, which clients can now use to analyze page and document readership. Other new features in version 2.0 include analysis of how many people printed documents, geographic analysis, XML export, and comparative segment analysis.

Enterprise & Government   November 02, 2005

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