Apago Inc., a software developer for the graphic arts and document management industries, has released PDF Appraiser, an application that supports both validation and automatic correction of documents in accordance with PDF/A, an international standard for long-term archiving of digital documents.
PDF/A, approved by ISO (International Organization for Standardization), is a standard that specifies requirements for archiving and preserving digital documents in the Portable Document Format. If a file fails verification, PDF Appraiser generates a report outlining what problems must be corrected. With Auto-Fixer, an automatic repair feature, the application can fix most problems in order to obtain a document that is compliant with PDF/A. If the file cannot be automatically repaired, PDF Appraiser lists the problems with its customizable reports, allowing the user to fix and recheck the file for PDF/A compliance.
The full version of PDF Appraiser for Windows is currently shipping. The free version is limited to PDF/A verification and simple reporting. For access to the full features of the application, users can purchase a license for $349. A Server version for Windows is available for $999. Server and API versions will also be available in Q3 2006 for Mac OS X, Solaris, and Linux.