This week in PDF: PDF/A for Archive launched

This week in PDF has seen VeryPDF announce a pair of PDF releases while UNIVERSE Software updated its PDF creation utility and the PDF/A for archive process was launched in Dubai.

First up, VeryPDF has paired the release of its new PDF form tool with an update to its more established PDF-to-Word conversion utility. PDF2Word v3.0 exports the text, images, and other contents of Adobe Acrobat PDF files to Microsoft Word/RTF format, with version 3.0 adding support for PDF 1.7, introduced with Adobe Acrobat 8.0. VeryPDF Form Filler, on the other hand, enables users to fill out interactive PDF forms without the need for Adobe Acrobat. PDF Form Filler can be used to save interactive PDF forms, send completed forms via e-mail, and apply 128-bit encryption or password protection to PDF documents. More information can be found on the official VeryPDF web site.

Moving from manipulating PDF documents to creating them now, and UNIVERSE Software GmbH has updated its application for creating, saving and sending PDF documents. With pdfMachine v12.02, users can simply open a document for conversion, select the pdfMachine printer and enter the email address of the recipient to send the converted document on. It’s also possible to set up multiple pdfMachine virtual printers for different purposes. Check out the official web site for more detailed information.

While the convenience of creating PDF documents for immediate viewing is invaluable, some documents need to be suitable for long-term archival. Enter PDF/A (the ‘A’ is for ‘Archival’, geddit?), an International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) PDF standard for just this purpose, approved in 2005. In 2006, the PDF/A Competence Center was founded to provide advice and assist with the development of PDF/A-related solutions. On behalf of the Competence Center, eDocuMAN has launched the ‘PDF/A for Archive’ process in Dubai during GITEX Technology Week 2007. A process for creating PDF files, PDF/A for Archive supports the preservation of electronic documents over a long period of time, retaining all original features. For more information about the PDF/A Competence Center, visit the Center’s web site.

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

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