MW Software reveals PDF workBy Chris Williams. Published: 26th Apr 2006, 10:34:35 | Permalink | Printable
TechWriter family updates and Ghostscript releases [Updated]Martin Wuerthner has turned around two publishing related developments: PDF export support for the TechWriter family, and an updated Ghostscript package for RISC OS. Ghostscript can be used to create PDFs and process Postcript files.
Martin told TechWriter and EasiWriter users that version 8.6 of the word processing software will include the ability to save documents in PDF format. The update, which comes with a price tag, will be released in time for next month's Wakefield show.
He said: "Not only does that option allow you to save your documents as PDF files in a single step operation - with the conversion being handled transparently by GhostScript - it also allows EW/TW to include additional information leading to richer PDF documents than could be created by any RISC OS software up to now."
The software, published by Icon Technology and developed by Martin, can also embed links to other documents and websites into exported PDF documents.
He added: "Most notably, EasiWriter and TechWriter 8.6 will be the first RISC OS application allowing users to create PDF documents with a so-called Document Outline, a tree overview of the document's structure that is displayed by PDF viewers and that allows the reader to jump to specific sections directly."
Version 8.53 of PDF authoring package GhostScript is also now available from Martin's website, bringing RISC OS up to date with other platforms. This new release includes improved font and page size handling, and a much enhanced PDF viewer which can cope with transparency objects, graduated fills and other features.
• In a MacAuthor history article in the March issue of MacUser magazine, a photo of Icon's Mike Glover from the 1980s stands alongside a mention of EasiWriter and TechWriter, with Douglas Adams name dropped.
Update at 22:06 27/4/2006
ArtWorks 2.6 will include a tool to allow the tips of arrowheads to be positioned using handles at the ends of lines.
TechWriter family website
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