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By John Pallatto  |  Posted 2005-01-12 Print this article Print

Softobe Inc., a producer of office automation software for graphic studios and publishing companies, is demonstrating at the show PowerCube, a three-dimensional real-time animation and presentation design package for Mac OS X. The Softobe package is designed enable designers to create intricate 3-D animations with the simplicity of a 2-D presentation package by dragging and dropping images, movies, text and audio clips onto the PowerCube screen.
All of these elements can be embedded into preprogrammed 3-D geometric objects, such as cubes, rectangles, cylinders and spheres, which the designer can animate at will.
PowerCube includes a sprites console that allows designers to control the timing of all graphic objects by dragging and resizing each spring along its channel. Other controls enable designers to control audio timing and volume to conform to actions on the screen. Furthermore, designers can organize sprite channels into hierarchical tables to enable them to create groups of objects that exhibit independent behaviors assigned to individual objects or groups of objects. Meanwhile Recosoft Corp. is demonstrating PDF2Office, a utility that converts Adobe Systems Inc. PDF documents into files that can be fully edited in Microsoft Word, AppleWorks, RTF and HTML formats. PDF2Office forms paragraphs; applies font styles; extracts images; preserves tables; and processes headers, footers, endnotes, footnotes and independent graphic elements as they appear in the PDF document, said Paul Chadha, vice president of engineering and product development with Recosoft, based in Osaka, Japan. The package includes a batch conversion feature that allows users to convert entire folders of PDF files at once, Chadha said. The package also converts PDF pages into multiple formats, including JPEG, Photoshop, PNG or bit map, he said. PDF2Office works closely with Microsoft Word X/2004, so users can directly open PDF documents in Microsoft Work, Chadha said. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, reviews and analysis about productivity and business solutions.

John Pallatto John Pallatto is's Managing Editor News/West Coast. He directs eWEEK's news coverage in Silicon Valley and throughout the West Coast region. He has more than 35 years of experience as a professional journalist, which began as a report with the Hartford Courant daily newspaper in Connecticut. He was also a member of the founding staff of PC Week in March 1984. Pallatto was PC Week's West Coast bureau chief, a senior editor at Ziff Davis' Internet Computing magazine and the West Coast bureau chief at Internet World magazine.

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