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Karl De Abrew

Karl De Abrew is the founder of Planet PDF, President of Foxit SDK BU and ConnectedPDF Evangelist.

Karl is also the founder/former CEO of Debenu (now acquired by Foxit Software), one of the world's leading PDF and document management software vendors which has developed popular PDF SDKs, Acrobat plug-ins, desktop software and custom solutions for Adobe Acrobat, PDF and other file formats since 2007.

Karl is also the founder/former CEO of Nitro Software, the builder of Nitro Pro. He is a seasoned speaker, moderator, industry commentator and columnist for a variety of publications.

Karl's guidance has seen Planet PDF grow into the home of the PDF community. Karl is a well-recognized PDF personality and seasoned speaker, heavily involved in such events as Seybold SF, Seybold Boston, Seybold NY, PDF Conference 2000, East, West, Baltimore, TextOneZero, Open Publish, PacPrint which has seen him heading all over the east and west coast of the US, Australia and even Korea while fostering the development of the PDF Community. In addition, his PDF development experience is extensive, including IAC applications, plug-ins, JavaScript, forms, security handlers, dynamic PDF and more.

He is a seasoned speaker, moderator, industry commentator and columnist for a variety of publications.

Back in the mid '90s and prior to founding Debenu/Nitro/BinaryThing, Karl worked with a multinational investment bank as a Systems Engineer. He oversaw the development and deployment of a PDF-based Web publishing system for their Research department. Karl has also been a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MSCE) and a commissioned officer in the 1st Commando Regiment.

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Years ago (and years!) when we used to talk about PDF as being the most prominent document format, we'd always have to add a quick, under-the-breath, "de-facto standard". But when it came to being 100 percent assured that it would be around in years to come, it's always been a case of biting our collective lips and hoping for the best. What we would do if Adobe pulled the plug? Over the past two years, though, it's been nothing but standards, standards, standards when it comes to PDF. In fact, there are so many that it's easy to lose track. In this feature article, Planet PDF Editor Karl De Abrew helps to de-mystify the ever-increasing range of PDF-based standards.

Enterprise & Government   January 11, 2017

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This educational event is designed to help CIOs, document management experts and electronic content policy-makers come to grips with ISO-standardized PDF technology.

With special focus on archiving and accessibility, PDF Day Australia is a unique opportunity for those in the Asia / Pacific region to engage with the world's leading PDF technology experts on a broad range of subjects.

Enterprise & Government   May 14, 2014

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Slimming PDF bookmarks with JavaScript

PDF bookmarks are a must for the usability and navigability of longer documents. When these bookmarks are created programmatically, they are based on a template created using a combination of user settings and the content of the source document or web page. Since not all such documents were created with PDF bookmarks in mind, cleaning up the resulting bookmark titles can become an important part of the QA process. In this tip, Karl De Abrew takes some of the pain out of this process.

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