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Back to the past, 15 years ago! Open Publish 2002

Looking back to 2002, it's amazing how much of the prediction became a reality. Take a read and see what you think!

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Cordova, Xamarin and PDF

PDF is platform independent, and a well-worn veteran in the world of document exchange. That said, the delivery, display and usage environment has changed somewhat over the past 5 years. Fancy applications that perform all those useful tasks either on desktop, or on a website, are now being overrun by dedicated mobile apps (yes, drop the '-lications' to stay cool). For PDF developers, if you're looking to go out and play with the big boys and girls, i.e. moving onto the mobile devices, not just in the cloud, then why not play around with a PDF SDK, Xamarin and Cordova. With a fairly minimal amount of work, a few PDF files, and a big return.

UWP and PDF: tell me more

Remember back in the 90s, when desktops were all the rage, and laptops and smartphones were, well, mostly non-existent. The powerful technology from Microsoft at that time included Windows 3.1, Windows NT and Windows 98. Well, fast-forward 30 odd years into the future, and powerful devices that can display things using Microsoft Windows Universal Platform (UWP) technology are everywhere. By using this technology, software developers can now create universal apps for use on Xbox One, Hololens and of course, Windows 10, and Windows Mobile..

PDF SDK & PDF Developer Libraries

Numerous third-parties produce libraries that can be used to create PDF. This page collects some of the better known PDF developer offerings.

Back to the past, 15 years ago! Open Publish 2002

Looking back to 2002, it's amazing how much of the prediction became a reality. Take a read and see what you think!

Back to the future! A Best of Planet PDF: Volume One

So take an very interesting read of where I predicted the future back in 2002. After 16 years, I'm pretty chuffed that I've been been accurate. Well, at least in many scenarios :-). So read on to find out what was "guess-pected" 15 years ago!!

Here we go...

Planet PDF is a founding co-sponsor of the PDF Conference (www.pdfconference.com), developed and hosted by DigiPub Solutions Corp., and we were delighted to learn recently that Gary Cosimini of Adobe Systems, Inc. will be the keynote speaker for the June 2-4 event in Bethesda, MD. In the past, this event has had a significant focus on government and enterprise uses and users. For the upcoming event, they've added a track for creative professionals. With Cosimini's publishing background prior to joining Adobe, he was the Senior Art Director for The New York Times and long-term Acrobat/PDF involvement and interest, he's a perfect choice to help commemorate 'The First Acrobat/PDF Decade.'

Latest PDF Standards

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.

PDF Master Series III: Eugene Y. Xiong talks with Planet PDF

Planet PDF talks with another Master of the PDF Universe, Eugene Y. Xiong, Founder and Chairman of the Board at Foxit Software Inc. in Fremont California. Xiong is a quiet yet astounding achiever, you (usually) won't find him talking at conferences, exhibits, or publishings, but what you will find is the result of his leadership in places you would never expect.

PDF Linearization (AKA Fast Web View): Why it Matters and How to Do it

In this article, Planet PDF's Dan Shea outlines what linearization means in the context of PDF, along with why and when it is most useful. The piece also briefly touches upon several available solutions for linearizing PDFs and/or viewing linearized PDFs.

PDF Master: Duff Johnson

To commemorate 20+ years of PDF, Planet PDF has conducted a new series of interviews with PDF masters, movers and shakers in the PDF universe. In this installment, we speak to Duff Johnson, long-time friend of Planet PDF and a man right at the centre of PDF, as international Project Leader for the PDF specification itself (ISO 32000).

PDF Master: Bruno Lowagie

To commemorate 20+ years of PDF, Planet PDF has conducted a new series of interviews with PDF masters, movers and shakers in the PDF universe. In this instalment, iText's Bruno Lowagie talks about key changes in the PDF landscape, including recognition as a standard, the status of XFA, and and the impact of the rise of mobile computing.

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Back to the past, 15 years ago! Open Publish 2002

Looking back to 2002, it's amazing how much of the prediction became a reality. Take a read and see what you think!

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