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RSA's PDF Pro 3.0 Supports PDF/A

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Press release from the issuing company

Rochester, NY, February 4, 2008 – RSA's PDF Pro, in conjunction with RSA's M.I.S. Print, has always been able to convert legacy mainframe data streams to PDF and PostScript.  But today, RSA is announcing PDF Pro version 3.0, which adds support for PDF/A, the long-term archival standard for PDF documents.  PDF/A, an ISO standard, ensures that archival documents will continue to remain readable despite technology changes.  PDF/A documents must be device-independent and self-contained, so requirements include embedded fonts, no external links, no encryption and no JavaScript or multimedia.
Not only will PDF Pro customers get more functionality, but they can do so at a much lower price.  RSA is a provider of genuine Adobe technology, and through a special licensing arrangement, RSA is now able to offer this Adobe-based solution at nearly half the price of the previous version of PDF Pro!
"This enhancement will help our current and future customers in many ways," observed Kevin Beatson, Vice President of Sales at RSA.  "First, they can add value to their transaction jobs as PDF, suitable for viewing, searching, and reprinting.  Customer Service Representatives can view the exact same statement that a customer is calling about, making it easier to review and resolve questions. Additionally, using the PDF/A standard, enterprises can rely on this long-term archival standard to meet compliance and business needs.  Finally, by shifting jobs to PDF, they may even reduce printing and contribute to their enterprise's "green" initiative.  This enhancement is a win-win, and with the lower pricing, it's even more attractive."
RSA has just presented a case study at the Xplor Mid-Atlantic Region Conference in Ocean City, Maryland.  At the event, Barry Lietuvnikas, Systems Analyst for the City of Baltimore, discussed his organization's use of PDF Pro, as well as M.I.S. Print and QDirect, RSA's Enterprise Output Manager.  The City of Baltimore has mandated the use of PDF to cut down on printing and RSA's solutions have played a major part in that successful effort.
"PDF Pro from RSA turns out to be one of the best products I can imagine!" affirms Lietuvnikas. "The city has migrated nearly 95 percent of its former print output to PDF and can still print it as needed, usually on the lowest cost device. For example, a report may go to a dozen people, but they don't all need to see the entire document. It is a lot more efficient for them to just view the pages they need and print those if they want to. Or, if we know an agency gets only the total or summary pages, we can separate them so they only get those pages. Do that across the city and it cuts costs significantly because we print so much less.  We've also added security so a document cannot be edited. The original is locked, but a user can make a copy that is automatically assigned a different name and can make edits and comments to that copy. The original PDF is archived and preserved."
The City of Baltimore case study is available at http://www.rocsoft.com/success/BaltimoreSuccess.pdf.  PDF Pro 3.0 is orderable immediately.




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