Apple has bought SchemaSoft, a developer of software components for facilitating digital information workflow.

SchemaSoft's tools can extract data found in a variety of formats including those used by Microsoft Office documents, Quark and Adobe Portable Document Format. The tools can also output into those formats as well as into HTML and XML.

Cnet notes that Apple is already a customer of SchemaSoft, as are Microsoft, Adobe and Corel.

Apple told Cnet that it plans to use SchemaSoft's technology in future products.

SchemaSoft will remain in Vancouver, Canada.