PDF Import Filter für PageStream 4.1 PRO angekündigt
Verfasst: 19. Apr 2004 13:59
Von der GrasshopperLLC Homepage (http://www.grasshopperllc.com)
Features in PageStream 4.1 Pro
As everyone knows, PDF (Portable Document Format) has taken hold as the most popular method of distributing completed documents on the Internet. The trouble is that making changes to a PDF document has been almost impossible. The full version of Acrobat only allows you to make minor changes like changing the spelling of a word. If the need arises to make changes that would cause a line of text to break in a new location, you are out of luck. Worse yet, Acrobat 6.0 Standard will set you back $299 and the "Professional" version of Acrobat 6.0 rings in at $449!
If you have been following the PageStreamSupport list for a while, you might be asking what has changed? As you might know, Deron has written several e-mails in the past discussing problems in loading a PDF document into PageStream (and now you know why he knew so much about the problems in loading PDF files). Shortcomings still exist, but Deron has pushed the DTP envelop again. The PDF document filter has two main settings. One mode will try and load the document as accurately as possible. The PDF will be loaded as a PageStream document, but will have a few of the limitations that Acrobat possesses when it comes to editing it. The second mode sensibly merges individual lines of text into paragraphs with the appropriate leading and paragraph leading, margins and more to create an editable version of a PDF document. Creating new content from old PDF files, recreating lost original documents, even moving old documents from other programs to PageStream, are all now possible.
Those of us who know what is out there in the market, what they can do, and how much it costs, begged to release this filter in a new version of PageStream and charge for it. Deron however has other plans for it. He feels that this project has just begun to explore what is possible in processing a low-level file like PDF into a high-level document. The conversion to an editable document is an imperfect process, and can never be perfect. Like the 1.0 release that it is, people will find ways to use (and abuse!) this functionality in ways we never imagined and find flaws in the "smarts" along the way. To that end, we have decided to place it in the current PageStream4.1 Professional releases.