Seybold showcases portable PDFs, document security

Document workflow management and security were on the agenda at the Seybold San Francisco 2001 publishing conference this week, as vendors in the wireless and security arenas rolled out new offerings.

Ansyr Technology Corp. at the show demonstrated a PDF plug-in designed to let mobile users interact with and save PDF forms on handheld devices. The Mobile Office PDForms Plug-in takes the previously available PDF viewing capability a step further to allow users to fill in and save forms without being connected to the Internet. Additional plug-ins allow forms to be completed with digital signatures and rights management, Ansyr officials said. Ansyr Mobile Office PDForms is currently in beta version and runs on any Windows CE or Pocket PC device.

Interactive mobile forms can help businesses automate the process of gathering information remotely, according to Kevin Omiliak, president of Ansyr, in Bellevue, Washington.

"Most forms are tied to the desktop. If you think about how inefficient it is that so many people are running around with a clipboard to manually collect data, and then all of that needs to be manually re-entered into electronic systems," Omiliak said. "[PDForms] is a way to eliminate the clipboard and bring automation to remote forms. Data can be pulled upstream directly into the corporate data workflow."

Also on hand at the show, network printing vendor Electronics For Imaging Inc. (EFI) and digital rights management provider Authentica Inc. announced a partnership to jointly develop a document security software product.

EFI's Advanced Secure Print Module will be integrated with Authentica's PageRecall technology to give enterprises control over future document viewing and printing.

The software is designed for organizations that work with high-value, sensitive, or confidential information, such as copyrighted documents or blueprints. The jointly developed software offers the ability to recall or expire information at any time and track how often a document is accessed and printed throughout its lifecycle, according to officials at Authentica, in Waltham, Massachusetts.

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