This week in PDF: Releases galore!

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In a bumper week for PDF, the last seven days have seen updates to an automation tool and a map-creation utility, along with a slew of PDF editor-related releases. The week has also seen movement on the free PDF creation front and the launch of a new web-based Competence Center.

First up, callas software has announced the availability of pdfAutoOptimizer 2. Based on Acrobat’s PDF engine, callas pdfAutoOptimizer automates transparency flattening and overall file optimization while retaining the distinction between raster and vector elements. The software allows designers to automatically create and deliver PDF files without relying on workarounds such as the use of drop shadows and vignettes. For more information, check out the official vendor website.

In other news, TerraGo Technologies has launched TerraGo Publisher for ArcGIS version 5. The new solution gives customers the ability to create higher-performing, higher-quality GeoPDF maps and images when working within an ESRI ArcGIS environment. These files can be leveraged by field/mobile workers using the TerraGo Toolbar or TerraGo Mobile applications for more effective intelligence gathering and spatial-based collaboration. Along with the addition of ISO/OGC support, the new version also offers advanced geospatial collaboration. This last feature allows field workers to make GeoMarks, which can include comments, structured form data, stamps, lines, polygons, photographs and other types of multi-media geospatial intelligence. This data, now wrapped in the TerraGo Collaboration Package, is highly portable and can be easily brought back into ArcGIS for better decision making by GIS analysts and field workers. Check out the TerraGo Technologies website for more.

Back on the print side, Zevrix Solutions has announced a pre-release version of its pending PDF preflighting product. The public beta of PDF Checkpoint 1.0 can check fonts, colors, images and metadata of multiple PDF files and allows users to quickly identify potential problems, as defined by configurable preflight profiles. These profiles let users check PDF for specific attributes, such as image resolution, color model and PDF/X compliance. The software also allows users to route PDF files according to preflight results, split PDFs into single pages and extract images. As an added incentive, qualified beta-testers will be able to purchase PDF Checkpoint for half price once it’s released. PDF Checkpoint is a Universal Binary and available for Mac OS X 10.4.2-10.5. To download a copy of the free public beta, visit

If that weren’t enough, it appears to be the season for PDF editor releases, with soft Xpansion, SinatraWorks and Foxit all launching or updating products this week. soft Expansion’s Perfect PDF 5 Editor boasts a ribbon interface, contextual help system and the ability to utilize separate viewing and editing windows. Meanwhile, the recent update to SinatraWorks’s PDFClerk Pro 3.9 supplements the PDF editing options available to Mac OS X users. Foxit Software has also gotten into the act with the official launch of Foxit Phantom 1.0, a PDF creation and editing application.

Finally, soft Xpansion has opened a Competence Center on its website. The Center collects whitepapers and professional articles about PDF and data security issues. Topics already represented include: server-based PDF creation, PDF forms, PDFs in document management systems, use of smart cards and digital signatures in PDF files. Interested readers can register for an email newsletter if they would like to be informed about new Competence Center topics.

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

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