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Type of Program: Adobe Acrobat Plug-in
Supported Platforms: Windows 95/98/NT and Mac PPC
Company Name: Avenza Global Technologies Corp.
Version: pb1.0
Price: free
Installed size: 1.2M


pdfPLUS (formerly called JAMBuddy), a free plug-in suite for Adobe Acrobat 4 and Adobe Acrobat Reader, is a must-have for graphic designers, cartographers, and even webmasters who can add new dimensions to their web pages via pdfPLUS' object search capability. It's a perfect add-on to allow you to view and query PDF files that have data embedded in them --such as maps, CAD, GIS, or PDF files you might view on the Internet. And, it's now available for Mac as well as Windows 95/98/NT.

This special plug-in lets you read important database information embedded within a special PDF file. Thus, a cartographer's MAPublisher creations, and the data attributes within it, are completely accessible for use on an Intranet or the Internet. Just point and click on anything in the PDF and discover the hidden information. Query your data and watch pdfPLUS find the qualifiers.

No kidding, this thing is a blast! I got a PDF map of downtown Toronto while surfing the Web,. Using the Query and Information functions (accessed via new buttons it installs onto you reader's toolbar), I could pinpoint a map location and use Query to select my layer & related data. Then the Information function brought up what I asked for -- in this case, how many apartments, businesses, and homes were located on my target map area.

If you've created an image enriched with background data, you can use pdfPLUS to incorporate it directly onto a web page. And as a web visitor, pdfPLUS' Query and Information functions enable you to collect the data you want -- such as I did in the example I gave above -- while remaining in the graphic. The object search capability of pdfPLUS gives you a simple, quick way to cut through the Internet clutter you can typically expect with text searches.

It is required you have the Adobe Acrobat version 4.0 Reader installed --it can also be downloaded (5.3M file size) from the pdfPLUS download page. The pdfPLUS installer includes release notes readme, draft User Guide, a sample pdfPLUS file and updated pdfPLUS exporters for Adobe Illustrator 7 and Macromedia FreeHand 8. MAPublisher is required to use these exporters to create pdfPLUS documents. A demo copy of MAPublisher for Adobe Illustrator or Macromedia FreeHand for is also available for download, as well as many additional sample PDF files for you to view.

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Cost: free
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Reviewed by Bobbie Crowell

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