Soda PDF, the popular Adobe Acrobat alternative, today jumped to version 2012. All three editions--Standard, Professional, and Pro OCR--have been outfitted with a redesigned user interface and improved PDF editing features. Now, users can split PDF documents or extract specific pages in just one click. Also, simple operations like selecting text and rearranging components should be a little easier. But the biggest addition to the product is Soda's new 3D View. This patent-pending technology presents PDF files like a book, allowing you to grab and manipulate a page as you might in the physical world just.
While it's not a particularly useful feature, it does add some visual flavor to what might otherwise be a drab PDF experience. Also, if you can get your hands on some PDF comic books, 3D View may be a nice option for some added realism. To accompany Soda PDF as it makes its big jump to 2012, Lulu is also today releasing its free 3D Reader in its fully matured form.
Previously only available as a Beta version, Soda 3D Reader is Lulu's answer to Adobe's Acrobat Reader, and is the only such product we've seen with the 3D View option. Also, if you register the product, you get PDF creation capacities at no extra charge. Soda 3D Reader (download) is available for free download now. Meanwhile, Soda PDF (download) is free to try for a 14 days. After that, you can get a full license for $49.95 for the Standard edition, $79.95 for Professional, and $99.95 for Pro with Optical Character Recognition. MySpace for BlackBerry updates.