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Hans Hartman chats with Planet PDF

Dan Shea

Seybold Seminars Amsterdam Conference Chair shares his thoughts on PDF, conferences, and the future.

Enterprise & Government   May 30, 2004

PDF Master: PDF/X, Acrobat 6, and the future

Dan Shea

Chair of the CGATS and ISO taskforces along with being CEO of CIP4, PDF luminary Martin Bailey takes some time out to talk PDF.

Creative & Print   May 25, 2004

Generating Reports with JavaScript

Dave Wraight

Another underused tool in the Javascript toolkit is the Report Object. The object provides a mechanism to create detailed reports on almost anything that comes to mind. For example we could generate a report on the annotations in a document, detailing their type, content, destination (if any), author, date of creation etc. We could also generate a report across a whole series of PDF files using the Batch Processing function.

Developer   May 17, 2004

PDF Master: The world according to Zipper

Dan Shea

Celebrated author and speaker, ZIPCON Media and pdfnews.de head Bernd Zipper, takes some time out of his busy schedule to talk PDF.

Creative & Print   May 13, 2004

PDF Master: Stephan Jaeggi talks with Planet PDF

Dan Shea

Renowned Swiss PDF guru Stephan Jaeggi takes some time out to talk PDF and prepress.

Creative & Print   May 10, 2004

Interview with Seybold Amsterdam Keynote Jan Hein Koningsveld

Dan Shea

Following his keynote presentation, Jan Hein Koningsveld talked with Dan Shea of Planet PDF about the state of Acrobat/PDF for print workflows.

Creative & Print   April 20, 2004

Enhancing Tutorials With Acrobat

Claudia McCue

Since the invention of the handout by an enterprising monk in 1121 AD, surprisingly little has changed. In this piece, veteran trainer and conference speaker Claudia McCue discusses best practices to make the most of your tutorials using Acrobat and PDF.

Creative & Print   April 14, 2004

FlashPaper vs PDF

Dave Wraight

With Macromedia's acquisition of RoboHelp -- and its PDF creation engine, RoboPDF -- now behind us, Contributing Editor Dave Wraight takes a look at how Macromedia's first FlashPaper offering stacks up against PDF.

Enterprise & Government   April 02, 2004

Introducing SOAP

Dave Wraight

SOAP or Simple Object Access Protocol has become a standard mechanism in the world of Web Services. In this piece, Dave Wraight takes a closer look at the use of SOAP with Acrobat.

Developer   March 18, 2004

Ted Padova discusses new Acrobat 6 book, PDF usage

Kurt Foss

Prolific author Ted Padova talks about his latest educational resource for Acrobat 6 users, as well as his own PDF use in a book production workflow and for commercial printing.

Creative & Print   March 01, 2004

Focus on PDF Layers (OCG)

Dave Wraight

How you can combine layers and scripting to power up PDFs to deliver richer, more versatile content.

Developer   February 18, 2004

A Lesson in Templates for Adobe Acrobat

Dave Wraight

Acrobat 5 and 6 changed everything for templates, making it possible to take full control of them, to create truly dynamic PDF documents. So what exactly is a Template? We explore in this in-depth article.

Developer   February 04, 2004

PitStop Professional 6: Preflighting with Panache

Susan Glinert

In this review, CreativePro.com contributing Editor Susan Glinert takes an in-depth look at PDF preflighting with powerful prepress plug-in Enfocus PitStop Professional.

Creative & Print   January 20, 2004

Under the Desktop: JDF and Other Musings

David Morgenstern

At September's Seybold expo in San Francisco, David Morgenstern looked at several technologies, including digital job ticketing. These tickets and now even content management are being added to file transfer services aimed at creative pros.

Creative & Print   November 19, 2003

PDF Continuing Education: Real World Document Makeovers

Duff Johnson

In collaboration with Duff Johnson of Document Solutions, we're launching a new series that will analyze and improve a selection of PDF files we routinely encounter, along with his non-judgmental comments on why and how the file was improved.

Enterprise & Government   November 06, 2003

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