PdfTron Systems, a leading software developer specializing in PDF, SVG, and PostScript technologies, today announced the release of CosEdit™ 1.0.

PdfTron's CosEdit v.1.0 is a stand-alone, low-level PDF editor. It is an essential power tool for professionals working with PDF, FDF, and PJTF.

Manual editing of PDF files can be extremely difficult or impossible. PDF is a binary format and traditional text editors are poorly equipped to handle the sophisticated graph structure of a PDF document. Moreover, PDF data streams can be encrypted and compressed in a variety of ways so that manual editing is not possible. CosEdit automates the task of low-level PDF editing. It allows you to create, browse, and edit PDF and other Cos-based documents at object level. This means that now you have unprecedented control over what is going on inside PDF. Analogous to XML editors, CosEdit allows you to create and edit low-level objects such as dictionaries, arrays, streams, numbers, etc. You can copy objects from existing documents, establish relationships between objects, modify document security: all within an easy-to-use and intuitive graphical user interface, resulting in vast improvements in productivity.

The key features and practical applications of CosEdit equip users with significant productivity gains and power over PDF files and other Cos based documents, making it a valuable tool for every PDF expert. Additional Adobe® Acrobat® licenses are not required, as CosEdit is a stand-alone application. The platforms currently supported are: Windows 2003/2000/XP/NT.

Headlining the Features Available in CosEdit:

  • Intuitive user interface for browsing, editing and creating PDF/FDF and other Cos-based documents
  • Support for standard 40 and 128 bit PDF security (and custom security through plug-ins)
  • Support for various compression schemes
  • Content extraction (it is very easy to extract images, fonts, content streams, etc.)

Additional Features:

  • Security settings editor
  • Incremental save
  • Document information editor
  • Unused object removal (a garbage collector for PDF files)
  • Document information editor
  • Drag and drop, copy and paste
  • Integrated file repair utility that can fix files with broken cross reference table

Availability of CosEdit v.1.0

CosEdit Desktop application is available for US$99 and can be downloaded directly from www.pdftron.com/store/. For full details on CosEdit, please visit www.pdftron.com/cosedit/.

The demo version of CosEdit is available for download at: www.pdftron.com/pdfcosedit/downloads.html. The demo version has several features turned off. In particular, the File Save feature is disabled.