Oce, Adobe bringing 'power of PDF' to tech docs

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Oce-USA is teaming with Adobe to market and advance the use of Adobe PostScript and Adobe PDF in the engineering and reprographics markets.

As the number of file formats within the world of computer-aided design (CAD) has grown, customer need for a secure and portable file format allowing them to more easily share, view and print released engineering documents has increased, according to Joyce Virnich, vice president of marketing for the Oce Wide Format Printing Systems business unit. The Oce TDS Series marks the first time that users of wide-format printing and scanning systems have been able to directly create and print Adobe PDF files, she said in announcing the partnership with Adobe.

The goal in the partnership: merge the power of true Adobe PostScript and PDF printing with Oce's new wide-format systems to eliminate the problems associated with printing a large number of alternative file formats, especially on released engineering drawings. The Oce TDS Series may be configured as standalone printers, standalone scanners or multifunction printing, copying and scanning solutions.

In June, Adobe CEO Bruce Chizen said that PDF is "the most important standard for Adobe" and that the company will continue to make sure that PDF works well in the XML world. PDF is embedded in Mac OS X. If Adobe moves ahead with new versions of PDF, how will these be implemented in the operating system?

"It's a good question for Apple," Chizen told the Germany magazine, Macwelt. "We continue to work closely with them to give them some indication of what we are doing, because we want to try to have compatibility, but you can probably expect that the PDF created from an Adobe application like Acrobat is always going to be richer than Apple's implementation of PDF. If you think of the PDF that Apple creates has more of the PDF basic while the PDF created by Acrobat will be much more sophisticated, much more a container for rich and reliable information."

This story, "Oce, Adobe bringing 'power of PDF' to tech docs" was originally published by PCWorld.

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