This week in PDF: PDF-to-InDesign conversion tool released

During an action-packed seven days in the PDF world, this week in PDF has seen the announcement of a PDF-to-InDesign conversion tool, a brand-new PDF smart form and a new version of a PDF optical character recognition (OCR) product.

First up, Recosoft Corporation has announced its pending PDF conversion tool. Due for release in September 2007, PDF2ID v1.0 will convert PDF documents into the Adobe InDesign CS2 and CS3 formats. The software operates as a plug-in for Adobe InDesign CS2 or CS3, producing fully editable InDesign files by recreating the intended construction and layout of the document. PDF2ID converts each page in a PDF file to an equivalent page in the resulting InDesign document. More information can be found on the official vendor website.

Moving on to forms now, and PDF SmartForms has released its latest intelligent PDF form. The CMS-1500 Healthcare Claim SmartForm is an interactive PDF file where data can be entered, printed and saved using the free Adobe Reader 8 software. Perhaps most importantly, it carries intelligence and can be used to streamline the flow of data through Healthcare Providers, Medical Billers and others to simplify the claim process. According to the press release:

The CMS-1500 PDF SmartForm is unique in that for the first time, the Healthcare Claim file travels in multiple formats all within the same document. You can view it as the CMS-1500, you can view it as the 837P EDI, you can view it as XML, or print to paper if necessary.

Check out the PDF SmartForms website for more detailed information.

Of course, those not using such sophisticated forms might find themselves needing to scan paper forms into their systems for data processing. On that note, Prime Recognition has just released an update to its OCR solution, PrimeOCR. Some features new to version 4.4 include support for PDF/A-1a output, JBIG2 compression of PDF output, recognition of Russian characters, the ability to run PrimeOCR as a native windows service and support for Microsoft Vista. For more, visit

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

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