Google announced that its Google Docs enhancements include pagination, increasing similarity with Microsoft Word, and applying some of Chrome’s browser features to aid printing. “Previously, to print a document, Google converted it to a PDF which could then be printed,” writes Arpana Roy. “With the new printing feature, Google allows you to print a document directly from the browser.”
In a surprise move by Apple Computer, ‘Print to PDF’ will no longer be available on the Apple App Store. A website post from Enrique Rodriguez at Print to PDF says, “On August 24th, we received a call from Apple Developer Relations telling us that we are not allowed to use AirPrint as a way to print documents to PDF and that for this reason the app could no longer be available on the App Store. This news came as a surprise to us given that the app had been reviewed and approved 3 times already by the Apple App Review Team. Unfortunately, we have to comply with this decision and the app will no longer be available for download.”
A lawsuit was filed in federal court against the Mass. state agency that provides health care to more than a million low-income people. The suit argues that the agency has failed to comply with laws that require documents to cater to the needs of the deaf, blind, and other physically and mentally impaired recipients of care. The suit specifies that MassHealth violated the law by failing to provide written notices in Braille or other electronic forms.
Printing Industries of America has awarded the 2011 InterTech Technology Award to the ISO standard PDF/VT. The award is given to technologies that are assessed as particularly innovative and will have a sustainable impact on the printing industry. Many companies’ products – such as callas software GmbH, Berlin – already support PDF/VT and a wave of PDF/VT-product launches are expected for the next drupa in May 2012 in Düsseldorf.
Likely not much will ever come of the Computable Document Format, or CDF. However, its proponents hope to position it as “better” than PDF and other document formats by claiming it allows readers to better interact with data. In his post, blogger Paul Boutin describes CDF creator Wolfram Research’s hopes that CDF will “become an established publishing standard adopted by the makers of document editing and viewing software. In a series of interactive demos and videos, Wolfram Research claims CDF documents beat existing formats at interactivity and flexibility, yet don’t require a programmer to create.”
Only one day after acquiring EchoSign’s digital signature technology, Adobe Systems is being sued for patent infringement. A third-party, RPost, filed a lawsuit against both Adobe Systems and EchoSign claiming their technology infringes on its own patents on “proof of e-mail and document delivery, including recording recipient reply or signoff on the message content,” writes PlanetPDF’s Dan Shea. To see who else RPost is suing, check out the PlanetPDF article.
As the US District Courts move to requiring PDF/A formatted documents for e-filling, many questions are arising from users in the various districts. The US District Court of Oregon has provided a list of frequently asked questions about PDF/A on its website.
Adobe Systems announced it will acquire EchoSign, a maker of an electronic signature service. According to Computerworld, Adobe plans to integrate the technology into the Acrobat family of PDF document services in an endeavor “to reduce the time, cost, and complexity associated with having a document signed…and plans to discontinue…a cloud-based electronic signature service, called eSignatures or eSign, that it released in May last year.”
A patch has been issued to address a flaw in how the Apple CoreGraphics frameworks handle PDF files. The patch issued by Apple fixes a security vulnerability associated with viewing malicious PDF files that would “create a way for users to jailbreak iOS devices in order to run non-Apple-authorized software. Usually, the process requires the user to download a specific tool while connected to a computer. This flaw allowed the team to develop a tool that could be executed just by visiting the JailbreakMe Website from the mobile device.”
The International Organisation for Standardization released PDF/A-2 for the long-term archiving of electronic documents. PDF/A-2 is based on PDF 1.7, which supports a range of improvements in document technology such as JPEG2000 compression, transparency effects and layers, the embedding of OpenType fonts, and provisions for digital signatures in accordance with the PADeS (PDF Advanced Electronic Signatures) standard. Part two of the standard, according to the article on the Image and Data Manager website, also offers the possibility to embed PDF/A files into PDF/A-2. This allows groups of documents to be archived coherently as individual documents.