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PDF-to-Word Conversion: Why it's so hard to do

Richard Crocker

When a file is converted to PDF, it loses its meaning. On the surface all the information is there, and to your eyes it looks exactly the same, but underneath that, all the method, structure and intelligence used when designing the original document has been lost.† This forms the heart of the challenge faced when attempting to convert PDF files back to formats like DOC (Microsoft Word), RTF and HTML, and is not dissimilar to those faced when OCRing paper-based documents.

Enterprise & Government   March 19, 2009

What do PDF and social media have in common?

Nettie Hartsock

In the early days of PDF, most non-PDF people did not understand how much benefit this new technology was going to bring across all verticals in terms of changing how we all use content on a daily basis. And there really still is no way to predict in the next five or ten or twenty years all the new things that are going to emerge from the PDF world.

Enterprise & Government   March 12, 2009

Sponsor Article: Five interesting things you can do with PDF

Jean Haney

Leveraging fifteen years of experience converting PDF into other formats, Visual Integrity Co-Founder Jean Haney outlines some of her favourite uses of PDF.

Enterprise & Government   November 13, 2008

PDF/A Update: Exclusive interview with Dr. Hans Bärfuss, CEO, PDF Tools AG

Nettie Hartsock

At Planet PDF, one of our goals is to always update our readers on all the latest and greatest affecting the PDF arena and its users. So we thought it might be good to get an exclusive interview about developments in the PDF/A standard for long-term archival with Dr. Hans Bärfuss, CEO, PDF Tools AG. Planet PDF's Nettie Hartsock reports.

Enterprise & Government   October 30, 2008

Sponsor Spotlight: How Visual Integrity brought the power of PDFs to technical writers

Nettie Hartsock

As part of the ongoing series on Planet PDF's sponsors, we wanted to commemorate Visual Integrity's contributions to PDF as the company celebrates its 15th year in the industry.

Enterprise & Government   October 16, 2008

How Encryption Works

Michael Cartwright

When you set up password security for a PDF document you are first asked to select an encryption level for the PDF file. If you're a computer geek you may immediately understand what this means, but if you're not you may be puzzled. What does encryption mean and how does it affect your security choices?

Enterprise & Government   October 03, 2008

Make PDF Files Web-Friendly

Michael Cartwright

Is PDF really "unfit for human consumption" (as Jakob Nielsen says) or just misunderstood? Actually, PDFs can definitely be Web-friendly if they are handled with care. We'll teach you how to present PDFs on the Web in a way that minimizes usability problems and unpleasant surprises.

Enterprise & Government   October 01, 2008

Using Metadata to Enhance your PDF Files

Michael Cartwright

Metadata is data about a key piece of information such as an electronic document or file. For example, consider a video of a soccer match. The metadata would be the part of that video file that says "this is a video of a soccer match" or "this video is called World Cup Playoffs" or "this video is 5,353 kilobytes in size." Programs, images, documents, 3D engineering models, databases, and even entire electronic libraries each can contain metadata which help to bring them further definition, identity, and searchability. We take a look at metadata for PDF and how it you can use it to improve the files you publish.

Enterprise & Government   September 30, 2008

PDF vs Word (DOC): When to Use Each

Michael Cartwright

PDF and Microsoft Word DOC formats are two universally accepted document formats. Each has strengths and weaknesses. So which is the best for your documents? The answer is: It depends. Michael Cartwright takes a look at each of these two popular formats and discusses when it's appropriate to use each.

Enterprise & Government   September 26, 2008

Acrobat 9: A child grows up

Thad McIlroy

Thad McIlroy evaluates the latest version of Acrobat, and he likes what he sees. In his opinion, the Acrobat 9 product family reflects a fully mature product, with the version 9 release marking its "emergence into adulthood". Read the full review for more.

Enterprise & Government   September 18, 2008

The content that endures: What to know about PDF/A

Duff Johnson

What is PDF/A? Why do we need it and how do we use it? Duff Johnson answers these questions and more in his in-depth look at PDF/A -- the standard for long-term document archival.

Enterprise & Government   July 17, 2008

Sponsor Spotlight: LockLizard

Nettie Hartsock

As part of the ongoing series on Planet PDF's sponsors, we wanted to highlight LockLizard's DRM software products including Lizard Safeguard, Lizard Protector and Lizard Guardian.

Enterprise & Government   July 10, 2008

Review: Adobe Acrobat 9 sets foot in Web 2.0 with web-based live collaboration

Filipe Pereira Martins and Anna Kobylinska

With the release of Acrobat 9, Adobe's focus is all about re-inventing collaboration to enhance efficiency and performance. Some features such as forms have been somewhat improved, others, such as preflight, have been considerably enhanced. Yet if there is one signature feature of this release, it is live collaboration with free web services on Acrobat.com. This review by Filipe Pereira Martins and Anna Kobylinska provides an in-depth look at the new version of Adobe's flagship PDF product.

Enterprise & Government   July 03, 2008

PDF Developer Libraries

Nettie Hartsock

Please click here to read about PDF Developer Libraries.

Developer   April 10, 2008

Review: callas pdfToolbox 3 and DeviceLink-Add-on

Filipe Pereira Martins and Anna Kobylinska

The makers of Acrobat's preflight engine, callas software, have released the third generation of callas pdfToolbox to a growing interest among industry professionals in prepress and print. This review by Filipe Pereira Martins and Anna Kobylinska of Soft1T Consulting provides an in-depth look at the new product suite from callas software.

Creative & Print   March 06, 2008

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