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Archive: Collaboration & Exchange

This week in PDF: From Georgia's First City

Dan Shea

This week's column comes to you from beautiful Savannah, GA. In PDF news, Universe Software aims to provide a cure to the headache of backward compatibility and PTS gets a facelift that is more than skin-deep.

Creative & Print   March 22, 2006

PixelPlanet launches the PdfCrypter

Dan Shea

German company PixelPlanet has released a brand-new PDF security solution. PdfCrypter functions as either an application or a plug-in for Microsoft Outlook, and can be set to automatically secure outgoing PDF email attachments. The product is available in Standard and Professional versions, with certificate security features limited to the Professional version.

Enterprise & Government   March 16, 2006

This week in PDF: Standards and releases? Ides like to see that!

Dan Shea

The ides of March bode better for the PDF world than perhaps they once did for Shakespeare's favorite Julius (Caesar, that is). Standardization and conversion are in the air, with FESPA, Artwork Systems, Bamboo Solutions and CambridgeDocs all in the news this week.

Enterprise & Government   March 15, 2006

This week in PDF: Spring is sprung

Dan Shea

Spring is a time for new beginnings, and this year, there have been a few. This week, a former Time, Inc. production workflow expert takes a position at Enfocus, Abolix revises its PDF print driver, callas spawns a spin-off and Google compares itself to dental hygiene.

Enterprise & Government   March 09, 2006

Equisys releases Zetadocs PDF 2.0

Dan Shea

London-based Equisys has launched an update to its network-capable PDF software. Like its predecessor, Zetadocs PDF 2.0 converts documents into PDF and sends them via email. Features new to version 2.0 include: support for a central archive, simplified integration with fax servers and network printers, support for Citrix/Terminal Services environments and an expanded list of supported languages.

Enterprise & Government   March 02, 2006

Standards body releases free workflow test patches

Dan Shea

Standards body The Ghent PDF Workgroup (GWG) has announced the availability of the Ghent Output Suite, designed to help professionals determine whether PDF files are behaving as expected in graphic arts workflows. GWG is the international congress of graphic arts professionals established to create, test and disseminate best practices and specifications for publishing workflows.

Creative & Print   February 17, 2006

Adobe Acrobat & PDF Conference 2006 announced

Dan Shea

AGI Training has announced that its Adobe Acrobat & PDF Conference will return to Disney's Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, Florida for 2006. The conference proper will be held from May 17-18, and a key topic of discussion will be the future direction of the PDF format after 2005's blockbuster merger between Adobe and Macromedia.

Enterprise & Government   February 01, 2006

This week in PDF: OCR, GWG and a virus alert

Dan Shea

This week in PDF sees the release of PrimeOCR 4.2, which offers improved PDF-processing performance, as another new member joins the Ghent PDF Workgroup and a time-bomb worm due to activate on Friday that will affect PDF and other documents.

Enterprise & Government   February 01, 2006

Adobe launches Acrobat 3D

Dan Shea

Adobe has announced the immediate availability of a powerful new addition to the Acrobat Family. Not only will Adobe Acrobat 3D incorporate all of the features of Adobe Acrobat 7 Professional, it will also add comprehensive support for 3D design information from major CAD applications. Perhaps the best news for the AEC (architecture, engineering and construction) set is that the new product facilitates the distribution of its designs in a form that is secure, lightweight and above all, truly 3D.

Creative & Print   January 24, 2006

Ubiquitous PDF: Cellphones as scanners

Dan Shea

Ever wished you could simply scan and send whiteboard notes without having to worry about re-typing them? Courtesy of an online service from scanR, it seems that is now possible to do just that using nothing but a camera phone. Images sent to the service are then forwarded as PDF files via email or fax, fixing alignment issues and cleaning up background noise en route.

Enterprise & Government   January 18, 2006

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