This week in PDF: New PDF functionality galore

This week in PDF has seen a large number of developers adding PDF functionality to their software offerings.

First up, Corel has released the Home and Student Edition of Corel WordPerfect Office X3. The new version will be the first to support the advanced note-taking and web-based collaboration tools of WordPerfect Lightning. The $99.99 US price-tag provides allows users to install the software on up to three PCs per household, enabling them to create documents, spreadsheets and slide show presentations. Perhaps most pertinently for Planet PDF readers, however, is the fact that WordPerfect X3 can also be used to import, edit and export PDF documents. More information can be found on the official WordPerfect web site.

Continuing the theme of added PDF support, the latest update to Silanis Technology’s digital signature software also boasts improved PDF support. ApproveIt Desktop 5.8.2 adds support for Adobe Reader 8.1 and Adobe Acrobat 8.1 and ActiveClient 6.0, enabling the quick and easy application of electronic signatures. As part of its support for Microsoft Office 2007, ApproveIt Desktop also integrates easily with Microsoft Word, Excel and Windows XP SP2. Check out the Silanis Technology web site for more detailed information.

Last, but not least, Xerox also got into the act, releasing a swag of new and updated PDF functionality across various products. While Xerox has updated its entire FreeFlow Digital Workflow Collection, PDF-related highlights include updates in its FreeFlow Process Manager 6.0 and Xerox FreeFlow Makeready 6.0 products. Specifically, FreeFlow Process Manager 6.0’s new Optimize process allows users to automate parts of the process of preparing a PDF for print, such as adjusting the PDF file format to balance file size with image quality. Xerox FreeFlow Makeready 6.0 adds PDF handling to support mixed page sizes and additional imposition capabilities. For more information, visit the Xerox web site.

That’s it for this week. Watch this space!

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