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Archive: Editing & Publishing

This week in PDF: PDF/A, 3D and ASCII, oh my!

Dan Shea

This week in PDF sees the release of several new plug-ins that add functionality to the brand-new Acrobat 3D, the foundation of a PDF/A resource center by a pair of Swiss and German companies and news regarding the continued integration of Enfocus Software and its parent, Artwork Systems. To top off a bumper week for PDF news, absolutePDF has released a new Freeware application for the conversion of ASCII text to PDF.

Creative & Print   January 25, 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

This week in PDF: Forms, (standards) bodies and Miami heat

Dan Shea

Welcome to the first edition of "This week in PDF," a new weekly column designed to give a quick overview of major developments in and around the PDF space. This week sees a new release of Jaws PDF Creator 4.0 for the Mac, while the Ghent PDF Workgroup takes center stage in Miami and an online HTML form processor adds PDF support.

Creative & Print   January 18, 2006

TallApplications introduces VisualMerge

Dan Shea

TallApplications has announced the release of VisualMerge. The new product enables users to create personalized mailings using PDF forms as templates and supports some of the most common mail merge scenarios, from simple letter mailings to personalized advertisements.

Enterprise & Government   January 18, 2006

While you were sleeping... (off your holiday cheer)

Dan Shea

The world of PDF has been far from idle over the Northern Winter, and much has happened in and around the format that we know and love. Among other things, Adobe announced its Q4 financial results, Sony released a new dedicated eBook reader and Microsoft has made progress in its quest for standardization.

Enterprise & Government   January 11, 2006

Upstartle adds PDF support to web-based document editor

Dan Shea

Silicon Valley-based Upstartle has announced the latest round of new features in its web-based, collaborative document editor. Entitled Writely, the product is currently in a free, public beta phase, but will ultimately be offered as a commercial service. The exciting part for Planet PDF readers, however, is the addition of PDF support.

Enterprise & Government   December 14, 2005

3-Heights 1.41 released

Dan Shea

Swiss company PDF Tools AG has released the latest version of its 3-Heights PDF Tools. Features new to version 1.41 include support for Windows 9x, continuous page layout mode, web link support and an "Analysis Only" function.

Enterprise & Government   December 07, 2005

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

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

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