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This week in PDF: Green PDFs!

May 10, 2007

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As Al Gore was speaking about the environment at the Adobe Acrobat and PDF Conference, this week in PDF saw a "green" PDF Web site launched, an online Web application offer PDF form-saving capabilities and the release of a new browser-based PDF viewer.

First up, forms service provider FormRouter has teamed with non-profit group Global Warming Initiatives (GWI) to launch GreenPDF.com. The Web site aims to educate the public on the environmental impact of printing PDF documents and allows any visitor to upload a PDF to have an environmental awareness notice injected into the document. According to the press release, if each PDF user printed one less document, it would save 80,000 trees and 118,000 tons of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere each year. To find out more, check out GreenPDF.com.

One way to save on printing PDF documents is to fill out PDF forms online. With that in mind, CTdeveloping has released a free edition of its PDFescape web application. PDFescape Express allows users to upload PDF forms for distribution either via a link or HTML code that will directly embed the PDF in a Web site or blog. Site users will then be able to view, fill it out and save the PDF forms to their local computer, complete with all the entered form information. More information can be found on the vendor Web site.

Even when not dealing with forms, it can still save on printing to simply view PDF documents on-screen. To make things even easier, why not allow readers to view them directly in a browser? Integration New Media, Inc., (INM) has announced a public beta of its solution for delivering PDFs directly within a browser. INM Reach is a Web application allowing content publishers to deliver documents across a wide range of viewing environments. Users can navigate between a two-page view with smooth page turning effects and a fit-width view for in-depth reading. A simple toolbar is available at the top of the screen to assist with page-by-page navigation, find and highlight features and printing. For more, see the INM Web site.

That's it for this week. Watch this space!

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