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PDF Master: John Warnock talks with Planet PDF

Karl De Abrew

Today Karl talks with John Warnock, co-founder of Adobe Systems, retired CEO and current Chairman of the Board -- and perhaps most significantly in this venue, the mastermind behind Adobe Acrobat and the Portable Document Format (PDF). In his 1991 "Camelot" report, later published on Planet PDF, Warnock publicly detailed for the first time the foundation for and concept of PDF. The rest, as they say, is history -- and a rich one it is.

Enterprise & Government   April 07, 2003

PDF Master: David Zwang talks with Planet PDF

Karl De Abrew

Planet PDF talks with David Zwang, a highly regarded systems and process analyst with Zwang and Company, long-time moderator for the PDF-oriented sessions at the Seybold Seminars' conferences and other similar industry events, a contributing editor on Acrobat and PDF for The Seybold Report and a contributing writer for several other industry publications.

Creative & Print   March 24, 2003

PDF - The Universal Publishing Format

David Zwang

In this re-published perspective, David Zwang explains why he believes the Portable Document Format (PDF) has become a universal format for publishing.

Creative & Print   March 24, 2003

PDF Master: Hans Hartman talks with Planet PDF

Karl De Abrew

Today Karl talks with Hans Hartman, chair of last year's Seybold PDF Summit events in New York and San Francisco, which included the "PDF Shootout" independent vendor comparisons and the Seybold survey on PDF usage.

Creative & Print   March 18, 2003

PDF Master: Pattie Belle Hastings talks with Planet PDF

Karl De Abrew

Planet PDF talks with Pattie Belle Hastings, co-author of the "Adobe Acrobat 5 Master Class" book, published by Peachpit Press. A keen proponent for PDFs that are designed for on-screen viewing -- taking full advantage of Acrobat's interactive and multimedia capabilities -- she is an Associate Professor of Interactive Design at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut, and an accomplished artist and graphic designer.

Creative & Print   March 05, 2003

PDF Workflow: Doing It Your Way

Bernd Zipper

Bernd Zipper compares the pros and cons of purchasing a single-vendor, closed workflow system or opting to build an open one using standard, off-the-shelf products. The tools are there for a "Do-It-Yourself" solution, which lowers the point of entry considerably. Zipper cautions, however, that the home-grown approach "places a high premium on the know-how and commitment of the individual employees, who must learn to deal with each tool without losing sight of the overall workflow."

Creative & Print   March 05, 2003

PDF Master: Max Wyss talks with Planet PDF

Karl De Abrew

Today Karl talks with Max Wyss of Prodok Engineering, based near Zurich, Switzerland. Highly regarded for his expertise in PDF-based forms -- and especially known for some of his legendary, interactive forms that integrate JavaScript for added functionality -- Wyss also is a consultant on the "Smart PDF Workflow" concept and a popular speaker at industry conferences and events.

Developer   March 03, 2003

PDF Master: Ted Padova talks with Planet PDF

Karl De Abrew

Today Karl talks with Ted Padova, someone who both practices what he preaches and preaches what he practices when it comes to Acrobat and PDF. Padova is the author of several relevant books, with the Acrobat PDF Bible probably his best-known. Padova also speaks at various industry conferences and events, offers workshops and teaches courses.

Creative & Print   February 24, 2003

PDF Master: Aandi Inston talks with Planet PDF

Karl De Abrew

Planet PDF talks with Aandi Inston of Quite Software (www.quite.com). Aandi, a one-man oracle on the technology, has most certainly answered more Acrobat/PDF-related questions and offered more free online assistance in the past decade than anyone we know. In addition, Quite Software's products are used and publicly acclaimed by many, including former Adobe Systems CEO and co-founder John Warnock.

Creative & Print   February 20, 2003

New Acrobat Evangelist is a Natural -- and Naturalist

Kurt Foss

Jonathan Knowles is two months into his new role as the worldwide evangelist for Adobe Systems, a position for which he seems a natural. When he's not figuratively wearing his Acrobat hat -- and literally, his non-traditional Adobe shirt -- he may be found in his volunteer role as a state park naturalist.

Enterprise & Government   June 06, 2002

PDF Best Practices #5: Acrobat Find & Search

Shlomo Perets

In the latest in his ongoing series of columns on "PDF Best Practices," Shlomo Perets of Microtype examines the Find and Search capabilities of Adobe Acrobat, noting important factors in how well -- even if -- they will work, depending on various factors.

Enterprise & Government   April 22, 2002

Under the Hood of PDF/X-1

Scott Tully

Scott Tully, among the pioneers crusading for a special, PDF-based digital data standard for publishing workflows, shares a look under the hood of PDF/X-1. He explains how to create PDF/X-1 files that will serve their unique role and purpose -- to facilitate the "blind exchange" of graphically rich content ready for imaging.

Creative & Print   March 21, 2002

ABC's of Adobe ADBC

Kas Thomas

In a first-person opinion piece, Kas Thomas asks, then answers, the question: 'Is Adobe Acrobat Database Connectivity (ADBC) ready for production use?' Post your thoughts in the Planet PDF Forum.

Developer   March 10, 2002

JavaScript - Response Dialogs, An interactive session

Kas Thomas

Introduces the use of the response dialog which he sees as a mechanism to let the programmer get special additional information from the user.

Developer   March 06, 2002

John Warnock's 'Camelot' signalled birth of PDF

John Warnock

In the Spring of 1991 Dr. John Warnock wrote a paper he dubbed "Camelot" in which the Adobe Systems Co-founder and CEO laid out the foundation for what has become Acrobat/PDF. With the author's permission, Planet PDF is pleased to publish the full-text of that historic document.

Enterprise & Government   January 18, 2002

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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.