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.
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.
A seasoned professional speaker, the Principal of independent training provider Practicalia has been an active participant on expert panels around the US for years. Planet PDF recently caught up with Claudia to find her first impressions on Adobe's latest PDF offering.
Earlier this year, Law Technology News published an article by Donna Payne and Bruce Lewis entitled: "Metadata: Are you Protected?" The article is informative and its authors to be commended for raising awareness of the dangers of metadata. However, in their zeal to warn people about metadata, the authors may have overstated the problem in one key area.
A step-by-step guide to making image-only PDF documents searchable using Acrobat -- a must-read for lawyers or other professionals looking to convert large volumes of scanned files. This tutorial from PDFforLawyers.com's David Fishel covers versions 4, 5 and 6 of Acrobat and explains their relative strengths with respect to Optical Character Recognition (OCR).
The June 2004 release of Adobe Designer 6.0 finally provided an intuitive way by which to design PDF forms. With the release of Acrobat 7.0 just around the corner, Chris Dahl takes a sneak peek at what's going into Adobe's new form design product.
With the announcement of Adobe Acrobat 7.0, Planet PDF sheds some light on the comparative merits of Adobe Reader and Acrobats Standard and Professional. Since a picture tells a thousand words, we've also included a detailed side-by-side feature comparison.
Karl De Abrew
Adobe is taking the Acrobat family mainstream with the version 7.0 release. While feature-for-feature Acrobat 6.0 launched with many more (and really surprised Planet PDF with its improvements), Acrobat 7.0 has launched with what is arguably the most important change to the Acrobat family since Reader was made free back in version 2.0: Acrobat 7.0 Professional users can now give any Adobe Reader (6.0 or 7.0) user permission to review and markup PDF documents. Planet PDF's CEO Karl De Abrew and the team give you our take on the latest Acrobat.
Planet PDF has published its first impressions of Acrobat 7.0. As with most major releases, new users are bound to get a little lost. If you're in need of a helping hand, why not spend some time taking our product tour of this important product suite.
Inspired by his family's scientific background, Thomas Roedding began developing software at 15, and by 1991, had already founded his own company. Thirteen years down the track, Planet PDF gets the workflow automation specialist's take on PDF's present and near future.
"A PDF Document is a many layered thing." So says Thom Parker, who in this article tries to make sense of the structures and objects that compose a PDF Document with a view to fostering a better understanding of the PDF Specification.
Martin McKay has worked all his adult life in assistive technology. His company, Texthelp, has been helping to make the most popular document formats accessible to people who cannot read. This ultimately resulted in a strong focus on PDF, so Planet PDF caught up with him to get his take on PDF's present and future with respect to assistive technologies.
Douglas J. Alford
September 15, 2004
PDFlib GmbH founder and head Thomas Merz is a long-time expert in the areas of PostScript and PDF. Planet PDF recently caught up with the seasoned speaker and author to talk about PDF, the path that's taken him to this point, and what the future holds for the format.
September 08, 2004