This week in PDF: Adobe CEO Chizen: Acrobat 8 coming in 2006

This week in PDF sees a patent granted to a 3D design vendor and the launch of a new Web site designed to teach users about document and information security. If that weren’t enough, we have some official word from Adobe on its current position and the release of Acrobat 8.

Let’s start with the smallest big news, eh? To Adobe watchers, it will come as no great surprise that the pending update to the company’s flagship software — Acrobat — will be released soon. Given the software giant’s tight-lipped stance to date, what likely will, however, is that there has now been official word straight from the top. In an interview with the New York Times, Adobe CEO Bruce Chizen stated, ‘Acrobat 8 is coming to the market at the end of the year.’

He was responding to a question about what he would do to build investor confidence in light of the dip in Adobe’s share price this year. He also cited the expected Spring, 2007 release of the Creative Suite update which would boast improved integration between Adobe’s established stable of products and the acquired Macromedia technology as another reason for optimism. Excerpts from the interview can be found on the New York Times Web site.

In other news, the developer of 3D PDF publishing software Pages3D has announced that its receipt of a patent for its proprietary 3D technology. The patent was issued for System and Method for Presenting Three-Dimensional Data, and applies to the creation, editing and display of a two-dimensional page-based document that includes interactive 3D views. For more information about QuadriSpace’s range of products and services, check out the QuadriSpace Web site.

Last but certainly not least, document and information security specialist LockLizard has launched an educational Web site for users and potential users of information security technology. The LockLizard information security education center brings together news, views, regulation and technology on digital rights management (DRM), IPR, PDF security, copy protection, eBook and web security and copyright, and is targeted at both beginners and experts. The center can be found at the LockLizard Web site.

That’s it for this week! Until next time…

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