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Day: March 14, 2006

CambridgeDocs Announces Version 2.01 of the PDF-XML Converter

CambridgeDocs Corp. announced the release of Version 2.01 of its xDoc PDF-XML Converter and integration of it into its xDoc Converter Desktop and Server products, enhancing their platform for extracting document content to meaningful XML. As XML, the previously PDF content can be meaningfully used for indexing by search engines, XML repositories and content management systems, for example allowing it to be stored as chapters, sections, tables or cells within any repository for fast, easy and accurate re-use. The xDoc PDF-XML Converter extracts PDF content to XML and provides functionality for enabling conversion that yields: Stylistic XML, including format, layout and content information; Extraction of financial data; Organization of related XML “chunks”, such as financial tables; Compatibility with existing target XML schemas or DTD’s, such as Docbook or DITA; Conversion to HTML/XHTML, with visual information than surpasses even Google’s “view as HTML” functionality; and Conversion to simple text. Version 2.01 adds the PDF-XML Converter as a special module in the xDoc Converter 2.01 platform and includes sample conversions of PDF documents into a variety of XML formats, such as Docbook and DITA. The release also adds a new and improved user interface, called the TableDef interface for extracting financial data using positioning and textual clues. The integration of the PDF-XML Converter into the xDoc Converter enables easy access to its functionality by consolidating download, installation and licensing processes. It also provides access to xDoc’s Visual Mapping tool and works with xDoc’s Adobe Acrobat plug-in. The PDF-XML Conversion functionality is available for download now at

Dassault Systemes Announces Adoption of 3D XML Technology into Virtools Solutions

Dassault Systemes (DS) (Nasdaq: DASTY; Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA) announced the 3D XML format adoption in its ‘3D for All’ flagship solutions, Virtools Dev 3.5 platform. Dassault Systemes’ 3D For All strategy aims to make 3D technology available to users. This means that anybody from content creators right up to the product end user will have a set of solutions which allow them to imagine, share and experience in 3D. The adoption of 3D XML technology via a dedicated extension to Virtools’ solutions is the first step towards providing a complete solution for recreating the end user experience on virtual products, with real-time interactive scenarios. With this technology, PLM customers extend the benefits of using 3D technologies. The breadth of possible applications includes: simulation of product usage, ergonomic testing, creating the shopping experience, training scenarios, right through to branding, advertising and web marketing applications. Users of this technology can, for example, fully create scenarios to visualise a car driving through a city. These applications can be experienced online: browser-based, up to and including large scale virtual reality environments. 3D XML is a universal, lightweight XML-based format that enables users to share live, accurate 3D content quickly and easily. 3D XML is suited for fast and efficient communication, and provides unique features, such as multi-representational 3D content, and compression for complex, accurate geometry, enabling rapid communication and shorter load times. Dassault Systemes already uses the 3D XML format in its entire product line: CATIA, DELMIA, ENOVIA, SMARTEAM and SolidWorks. http://www.virtools.com, http://www.3ds.com