Assorted newsbits: A freebie, an update and a PDF-HTML5 converter

Planet PDF and ARTS PDF are divisions of Debenu.

This article covers a pair of announcements from ARTS PDF; meanwhile, a new PDF-to-HTML5 conversion product from IDRsolutions commences its (invitation-only) public beta.

So, first up, ARTS PDF has announced that it has updated ARTS PDF Workshop to support Excel 2007 and 2010, and will now be offering the old favorite completely free-of-charge. Powered by Debenu Quick PDF Library, ARTS PDF Workshop allows users to manage the properties of entire collections of PDF documents directly from Excel. Specific properties that can be modified include metadata like title, author, subject, and keywords, along with document security and open options. Formerly valued at 249 USD, ARTS PDF Workshop is now available for free download from the ARTS PDF website.

Another bit of ARTS PDF news is that it has updated its flagship Acrobat plug-ins with shiny new Acrobat 9 & X compatibility. Aerialist X and Aerialist X Pro also include a handful of bugfixes, an enhanced user interface, and add compatibility with Windows 7 and Mac OS X. Existing users can obtain the update by simply downloading the latest demo version from the ARTS PDF website.

Finally, in an exciting development (for this iPhone owner, at least), IDRsolutions has commenced an invitation-only public beta of its forthcoming PDF to HTML5 conversion product. The product has reportedly been in production for more than a year, although it was all very ‘hush-hush’ until late May.

Apparently, the whole project was inspired by the difficulty of porting IDRsolutions’ existing Java PDF Viewer over to iOS and Android mobile devices. Not only would it represent a lot of work to port it over to either operating system, but the work would then need to be repeated for the other. Instead, the company thought to side-step the platform war by developing Java-based PDF to HTML5 converter. Rather neatly, this would allow users of either OS to display (former) PDF content on their mobile devices.

You can find out more or apply for the beta program at the IDRsolutions website.

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