Bush campaign forced to disable on-the-fly, custom PDF posters

March 24, 2004


Early this year we drew attention to the use of PDF by the campaign of Howard Dean, at the time the front-runner to become the nominee of the Democratic Party in this year's presidential election. The Dean Web site provided a free service -- offering supporters the chance to create on-the-fly PDFs, either posters or bumper stickers, with an option for adding a customized message. We also noted at the time that if Dean faltered in the primaries, the PDFs could become political keepsakes -- and indeed they have.

In the spirit of fair play, we went looking recently to see if the Republican Party might be utilizing PDF in a related way. Sure enough, since December the Bush-Cheney campaign site has been inviting its own PDF-savvy partisans to create and download Adobe Reader-ready posters and brochures -- also offering message customization.

Bush-Cheney on-the-fly PDF posters In its recent article titled "Bush Site Unplugs Poster Tool," Wired reports that the campaign site was forced to disable the personalization aspect of the service last week after a popular political news and gossip Weblog targeted the so-called "Sloganator" feature and invited Readers to create and then share controversial, provocative and/or offensive slogans using the Bush-Cheney template. As often happens on the Internet, the effort took on a life of its own, simultaneously nourished and reported by the blog and its followers -- until the custom message feature was finally removed from the site.

Were he not a Democrat, it might have been enough to make Howard Dean scream ... again.

PDF In-Depth Free Product Trials Ubiquitous PDF

Debenu Quick PDF Library

Get products to market faster with this amazing PDF developer SDK. Over 900 functions and an equally...

Download free demo

Five visions of a PDF Day

In the world of PDFs or as we like to say Planet (of) PDF, a year isn't a real PDF year without an intense few days of industry knowledge sharing.

May 15, 2018
Platinum Sponsor

Search Planet PDF
more searching options...
Planet PDF Newsletter
Most Popular Articles
Featured Product

Debenu PDF Aerialist

The ultimate plug-in for Adobe Acrobat. Advanced splitting, merging, stamping, bookmarking, and link control. Take Acrobat to the next level.


Adding a PDF Stamp Comment

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.