PDF has many applications. One of the most interesting is as a final electronic distribution format. Known as 'electronic paper', the PDF format is designed to carry out the role of paper on a computer. Just like paper, a PDF file should be reliable, easy to use, authentic and polished. Unfortunately, this isn't always the case.
These days, it's common (if not expected) that any given PDF file you download from the web will fail to live up to this ideal. How many PDFs have you seen that are low resolution, too large in size, unsearchable, omit bookmarks, contain broken links or even prevent you from copying text? A long (long) while back, Google announced a bunch of free PDF ebooks that aren't useful or usable; check out Richard Crocker's detailed review for more.
So how do you create the 'perfect' PDF specifically designed for online distribution? It takes practice. Luckily, Planet PDF Contributing Editor Duff Johnson has listed 10 basic guidelines for creating the 'best possible' web-ready PDF. If you follow these simple suggestions, your clients and co-workers will thank you for it!
Do you have any 'web-ready PDF' suggestions of your own? Post your comments in the Planet PDF Forum.
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.
OK, so you want to stamp your document. Maybe you need to give reviewers some advice about the document's status or sensitivity. This tip from author Ted Padova demonstrates how to add stamps with the Stamp Tool along with related comments.