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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.

What are you putting in your PDF files?

Mark Stephens

PDF files are generally judged on how they appear. The problem is that a well-crafted PDF (basically, one that works) and a horrible PDF (one that doesn't) can look identical onscreen. Mark Stephens from IDRsolutions explains how to spot the difference and why it matters.

Enterprise & Government   April 19, 2011

EDITORIAL: Most PDF viewers can't handle PDF/X

Dan Shea

Report cards are in after VIGC recently tested PDF viewers for compatibility with PDF/X (PDF-based standards for printing). Sadly, the most common grade was "F". Dan Shea sings a few bars in praise of the humble Adobe Reader, and explains why you might want to save a little extra hard drive space to use it over its "leaner" competitors.

Creative & Print   April 07, 2011

EDITORIAL: Should malformed PDF files be automatically repaired?

Rowan Hanna

PDF files come in all shapes and sizes. They vary from relatively simple to mind-numbingly complex. PDFs can also differ in their degree of conformance to the PDF specification -- the bad ones are often called malformed PDFs. In this article, Rowan Hanna discusses the pros and cons of Adobe Acrobat automatically repairing these malformed PDF files.

Developer   March 21, 2011

SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT: E-learning security case study

Canada Care Global (CCG) needed to protect training courses which are available for download from its web site from being copied and distributed without the company's knowledge. This case study outlines how CCG used LockLizard Safeguard PDF Security to protect its training programs from piracy.

Enterprise & Government   March 07, 2011

PDFs and their content - Part 2

Jim King

In the final part of this two part series, Jim King, a PDF Architect and Senior Principle Scientist at Adobe, takes a closer look at PDF forms as he discusses the editablility and resuse of content found in PDF files and highlights the fact that despite some people's misperceptions, PDF content is only frozen if you choose it to be.

Developer   January 22, 2011

PDFs and their content - Part 1

Jim King

In this two part series, Jim King, a PDF Architect and Senior Principle Scientist at Adobe, discusses the editablility and resuse of content found in PDF files and highlights the fact that despite some people's misperceptions, PDF content is only frozen if you choose it to be.

Developer   January 12, 2011

Federal courts move to require PDF/A for e-filing

Ernest Svenson

Federal courts are moving towards adopting PDF/A as the standard format for electronic filing, which is prompting many attorneys to say, "What is a PDF/A?" PDFforLawyers.com's Ernest Svenson explains in this piece on this trend.

Enterprise & Government   December 14, 2010

Acrobat X is out in the wild, but you might not recognize it

Rowan Hanna

Hot off the production line, Acrobat X has just been released with a handful of new features and a slick new look. Planet PDF's Rowan Hanna takes a closer look at the changes and speculates about whether Adobe has gone far enough with its redesign.

Enterprise & Government   November 23, 2010

Google Chrome gets its own slick PDF viewer

Rowan Hanna

A lot of people dislike the experience of viewing a PDF in a web browser. A common complaint is that users are typically in for a long wait, because a separate desktop application needs to be launched and embedded within the browser before the PDF can be displayed. Google Chrome's new native PDF viewer offers a neat solution to this issue, according to Planet PDF's Rowan Hanna.

Enterprise & Government   November 08, 2010

When can a PDF reader claim conformance with the PDF standard?

Olaf Druemmer

What exactly is a "conforming PDF reader" and what does it have to do with PDF 2.0? Olaf Druemmer, chairman of the PDF/A Competence Center, explains all in this in-depth article.

Developer   November 08, 2010

What you don't know about PDF can hurt you

Duff Johnson

There has been a lot written lately about the "insecurity" of PDF. Depending on the case, security issues can arise due to complacency on the part of users, software vulnerabilities, or both. In this article, Appligent Document Solutions CEO Duff Johnson outlines the problems and offers advice for minimizing PDF-related security risks.

Enterprise & Government   October 28, 2010

Why PDF?

Duff Johnson

"What's the purpose of PDF? Why can't I just send Word or Excel files; why should I bother converting to PDF?" In this in-depth article, Appligent Document Solutions CEO Duff Johnson answers these questions and more as he makes the case for PDF.

Enterprise & Government   August 18, 2010

Section 508 and PDF: The facts

Duff Johnson

OK, so you need to ensure that your PDF documents are accessible and compliant with Section 508. How do you go about it? In this article, Appligent Document Solutions CEO Duff Johnson outlines 10 key facts relating to making compliant PDFs.

Enterprise & Government   July 07, 2010

Word doesn't do Section 508, PDF gets the blame

Duff Johnson

So, you think PDF is a problem when it comes to accessibility and Section 508 compliance? Some of the key gripes about the compliance of PDF files are actually due to limitations in Microsoft Word. Appligent Document Solutions CEO Duff Johnson explains in this feature article.

Enterprise & Government   June 18, 2010

Is PDF an open standard?

Duff Johnson

On May 13, the founders of Adobe Systems stepped up to the microphone to deliver a response to Steve Jobs' open letter about Flash. They say Adobe has acted on open standards while Apple offers mere words. In this article, Appligent Document Solutions CEO Duff Johnson provides some background that places their claims in context.

Enterprise & Government   June 10, 2010

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