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Our in-depth articles are archived in a series of categories for easy access. Select the category to the left to display only the articles related to that category.

PDF security: Digital signatures

Dan Shea

Part three in a series on PDF security, this article covers the key issue of digital signatures. "What are they?" "How are they used?" "When should they be used?" This article tackles these questions and more in order to further de-mystify PDF security.

Enterprise & Government   August 31, 2005

PDF security: eEnvelopes and security policies

Dan Shea

Part two in a series on PDF security, this article covers the important issue of which parts of the document need to be encrypted, the concept of 'eEnvelopes' and provides a little information about security policies. The latest installment attempts to take some more of the pain out of devising document security strategies.

Enterprise & Government   August 24, 2005

Introduction to PDF security

Dan Shea

The application of security on documents has always been a delicate balancing act between ease-of-use and adequate protection for the document's contents. Too little, and you risk the exposure of sensitive information; too much, and you can impede the authorized use of the document. Dan Shea's latest article attempts to take some of the pain out of devising document security strategies.

Enterprise & Government   August 17, 2005

Searching and Finding: Basic Principles

David Fishel

There's a lot more to searching PDF documents than meets the eye. Which tool is best suited to the task of searching PDFs? It all depends, according to PDFforLawyers.com's Dave Fishel. He explains in this piece on the basic principles of searching PDF files.

Enterprise & Government   August 03, 2005

Legacy Content Conversion: Generating citations, revenue and goodwill from your publication history

Duff Johnson

Document Solutions CEO and Planet PDF Contributing Editor Duff Johnson's latest article, "Legacy Content Conversion: Generating citations, revenue and goodwill from your publication history" appears in the Summer, 2005 issue of Journal Publishing, and is free for your download and use under the terms of the Reprint and Citation Policy.

Enterprise & Government   July 27, 2005

OCR: Yuor Sarech Enigne Cna't Raed Tihs

David Fishel

Optical Character Recognition (OCR) is a godsend to anyone looking to create an electronic archive from large paper records, but just how accurate is it? How can responsible record-keepers compensate for the occasional errors? PDFforLawyers.com's Dave Fishel explains in this piece on the perils of relying too heavily on OCR.

Enterprise & Government   July 27, 2005

Quality Assurance in PDF -- Business critical files may not be legible in the future

Roger Reeves

If you bake a cake, you start by checking the "best before" date on the cake mix, smelling the milk to ensure it's still good, and looking at the eggs when cracking them open. If any of the ingredients are bad or have reached their expiry date, you won't use them. In comparison, how many companies check the PDF documents they receive from external (or other internal) sources before entering them into business processes, where the cost of failure is considerably higher? Roger Reeves of PDF Tools AG explains.

Enterprise & Government   July 15, 2005

Editorial: Community becomes Industry

Dan Shea

Back in early 2001, the PDF community was a very different animal. Competition was taboo, profits were secondary, and PDF was viewed as primarily a print format. Dan Shea takes a slightly nostalgic look back to that more innocent time in his latest editorial.

Enterprise & Government   July 13, 2005

Electronic Signatures - they do exist don't they?

David Fishel

Some form of electronic signature has existed for quite some time. Almost all US states and a large number of countries have enacted or are considering some form of electronic signature legislation. If that's the case, why aren't there more of them in use? PDFforLawyers.com's Dave Fishel explains in this piece on electronic signatures.

Enterprise & Government   July 06, 2005

Editorial: Turf Wars

Dan Shea

Is the turf war between PDF and Microsoft's Metro the title fight of the decade? Who will win? What the heck is Metro, anyway? Whatever happened to Xdocs? Dan Shea tackles these questions and more in his latest editorial.

Enterprise & Government   June 29, 2005

Editorial: PDFs that read you -- don't believe the hype

Dan Shea

"Head for the hills, they've just invented PDFs that read back!" The knee-jerk reaction to one company's solution that tracks the number of times a given PDF has been opened is just hype, says Dan Shea. Read more in his editorial.

Enterprise & Government   June 15, 2005

Editorial: Quality before quantity

Dan Shea

Much has been said about PDF type, but what about quality? It's a bit scary to think that there are processes out there creating bad PDF files capable of choking workflows due to minor errors that nevertheless still result in incompatibilities. Read more in this editorial.

Enterprise & Government   June 08, 2005

Editorial: Horses for courses -- Making the right PDF

Dan Shea

Due to the many options available to PDF document authors, it's no longer appropriate to say, "Looks like a job for PDF!" It's now more important to know which PDF. Dan Shea discusses the differing requirements of various PDF workflows. Read more in his editorial.

Creative & Print   June 01, 2005

Editorial: PDF under fire (again)

Dan Shea

Dan Shea discusses threats to the PDF format past, present and future. After enduring years of supposed "PDF killers," he believes that the greatest threat to PDF comes from within. Read more in his editorial.

Enterprise & Government   May 26, 2005

Password protect PDF documents

Ernest Svenson

One advantage that PDF documents have over other image files (i.e. TIFFs or JPGs) is the ability to secure the document. When it comes to legal, this is a big advantage. PDFforLawyers.com's Ernest Svenson explains in this piece on PDF password security.

Enterprise & Government   May 19, 2005

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