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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 Viewing and Monitors -- Bigger is Better

David Fishel

Electronic displays can't yet match the resolution and "readability" of paper, but they can do the next best thing -- with the right monitor, that is. PDFforLawyers.com's Dave Fishel explains in this piece on PDF readability and the relevance of screen size among other factors.

Enterprise & Government   March 17, 2005

Making a PDF for e-filing

David Fishel

Want to learn how to e-file your legal documents in 15 minutes or less? What are the rules and regulations, and how do they apply to your practice? Read on as PDFforLawyers.com's Dave Fishel explains in this piece on creating legal PDFs destined for electronic filing, or e-filing for short.

Enterprise & Government   March 10, 2005

Understanding PDF Metadata

David Fishel

Much ado about metadata. What is it, and when is it useful? Perhaps more importantly, when is it a liability? PDFforLawyers.com's Dave Fishel answers these questions and many more, providing useful "real-world" examples in this piece on metadata in PDF and source formats.

Enterprise & Government   March 03, 2005

Moonshine2: The art of Scripting to make your own Distillery

Nick Hodge

Nick Hodge from Adobe's Pacific division wrote Moonshine script to use the PDF rendering engine of Photoshop to generate JPEGs for web-site publication and client review. Rather than re-generate smaller PDFs, the original Moonshine asked Photoshop to open the PDFs, and render a JPEG from the first page. Moonshine2 updates this to work with Photoshop CS's JavaScript engine.

Developer   February 24, 2005

Using Mac OS X Preview Application for PDF Lite

Ernest Svenson

Mac OS X comes with an excellent PDF viewer built in. The Preview application is a fast, simple viewer. It doesn't have all the bells and whistles of even Adobe Reader, but it uses a lot less overhead. Best of all, it's fast. PDFforLawyers.com's Ernest Svenson explains.

Enterprise & Government   February 17, 2005

Beware the .EXE -- Post a PDF Please

David Fishel

If you are going to provide something to your clients (or prospective clients) via the Net, please, please, please don't make it a Windows executable file. "But why?" I hear you cry. Never fear, PDFforLawyers.com's Dave Fishel explains in this piece on the relative merits of PDF and Windows executables.

Enterprise & Government   February 10, 2005

Why PDF in legal? #3 -- The Unified Document Theory

David Fishel

About 10 years ago, the industry practice was to scan paper documents to TIFF images, run an OCR process to create a searchable text record, and then add the relevant metadata to a bibliographic database. Managing three layers of data for every document was time-consuming and inefficient. Surely there had to be an easier way! PDFforLawyers.com's Dave Fishel explains.

Enterprise & Government   February 03, 2005

Leonard Rosenthol: First Impressions of Acrobat 7.0

Dan Shea

When Leonard Rosenthol co-founded PDF Sages, he was already one of the most well known and respected software developers for the Apple Macintosh, with a strong pedigree in PDF after noteworthy stints at Adobe and Appligent. Planet PDF recently caught up with this seasoned speaker and true PDF sage to get his take on Adobe's latest Acrobat offering.

Developer   February 03, 2005

Chris Dahl: First Impressions of Acrobat 7.0

Dan Shea

Chris Dahl is the Chief Technology Officer of ARTS PDF Global Services (APGS), a leading global provider of PDF professional services, and can boast a CV that firmly places him in an exclusive group of CTOs leading the largest and most innovative PDF projects in the world. Planet PDF recently spoke to him about Acrobat 7.0 and its impact on developers and forms workflows. Dan Shea reports.

Developer   January 27, 2005

Why PDF in legal? #2 -- Because You Are a Publisher

David Fishel

Lawyers are publishers. They research, write, edit, and publish (under deadlines), just like journalists, authors, academics, etc. The good news is that, because of PDF's roots in the publishing industry, there is a huge body of knowledge about workflow, automation, and customization of PDFs in that business. Legal folks would do well to learn from existing workflows and tools.

Enterprise & Government   January 27, 2005

Duff Johnson: First Impressions of Acrobat 7.0

Dan Shea

One of the pioneers introducing PDF to the enterprise, Duff Johnson founded Document Solutions, Inc. in 1996 to leverage the power of the then-emerging PDF format in publishing and business communications. In an interview with Planet PDF, the PDF and accessibility guru shares his thoughts about Acrobat 7.0 and what it means for the PDF industry. Dan Shea reports.

Enterprise & Government   January 20, 2005

Why PDF in legal? #1 -- Because the Judge Said So

David Fishel

There are many excellent reasons to get good at using PDF in legal practice. One compelling motivation is that it is the standard for electronic filing in the Federal Courts. The rollout of the eFiling/case management program from the Administrative Office for the US Courts is well underway.

Enterprise & Government   January 20, 2005

Faster search and retrieval in Acrobat

Cari Jansen

If you are used to searching long PDF documents and folders full of PDFs, then you will probably have spent a lot of time waiting. This tip from Cari Jansen explains how to dramatically improve the efficiency of your Acrobat searches.

Enterprise & Government   January 19, 2005

Max Wyss: First Impressions of Acrobat 7.0

Dan Shea

Styled "The guru of PDF scripting," this genial Swiss's expertise with PDF-based forms has seen him in great demand as a speaker and consultant on four continents. Planet PDF caught up with the PRODOK Engineering principal to chat about the recent release of Adobe's Acrobat 7.0 product family, which ships with an updated and renamed forms application in Adobe LiveCycle Designer. Dan Shea reports.

Developer   January 12, 2005

Q/A: Adobe's John Landwehr on LiveCycle Policy Server

Kurt Foss

Adobe's John Landwehr talks with Planet PDF about the highly-anticipated LiveCycle Policy Server -- a server-based solution that allows for the real-time administration of security "policies" for PDF documents. Planet PDF Editor Kurt Foss reports.

Enterprise & Government   January 06, 2005

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