PDF Sages LLC, a company that provides PDF-oriented consulting and development services, Apago Inc., a firm that develops and markets software primarily for the graphic arts, prepress and printing industries, have teamed up to release PDF Enhancer, a product for both desktops and servers.
The product is available in three versions: Standard and Professional for desktop use, plus the Server Edition. The desktop versions are available for Mac OS X (10.1 and later) and Windows 98/ME/NT/2000/XP. The server versions are available for Mac OS X and Windows NT/2000/XP.
PDF Enhancer repairs errors or damage to a PDF document while reducing them in size (up to 90 percent, PDF Sages and Apago claim). You can also use the application to optionally apply such features as security and linearization to their documents. All of this is accomplished while preserving annotations, hyperlinks and form fields, according to Apago President Dwight Kelly.
PDF Enhancer achieves such small files sizes by combining the image and document processing tools from Apago with a new technique called “targeted optimization” that was pioneered by the author of Aladdin’s StuffIt and now Chief Technology Officer of PDF Sages, Leonard Rosenthol. Under the process, the software analyzes the internals of the PDF file, identifying and targeting specific redundancies introduced by individual PDF production tools.
PDF Enhancer Professional and Server Editions also include linearization (or Fast Web View) for fast online viewing of large documents and advanced security for content protection and access restriction. What’s more, the product includes a “first aid kit” to repair broken or corrupted PDF files.
PDF Enhancer is available immediately. More info, including the pricing structure and a fully functional demo, is available from the PDG Sages and Apago Web sites.