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OCR Tutorial for Acrobat

David Fishel

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).

Enterprise & Government   December 02, 2004

What's New with Adobe LiveCycle Designer 7.0

Chris Dahl

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.

Enterprise & Government   November 24, 2004

Acrobat 7 Product Family Feature Matrix

Dan Shea

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.

Enterprise & Government   November 15, 2004

Acrobat 7.0 - Planet PDF's Take

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.

Enterprise & Government   November 15, 2004

Acrobat 7.0 - Our First Look

Richard Crocker

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.

Enterprise & Government   November 15, 2004

diron Head Talks PDF, Standards and Automation

Dan Shea

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.

Enterprise & Government   November 11, 2004

Popup Menu Programming in Acrobat JavaScript

Thom Parker

The popup menu is one the most useful and easy to use User Interface Items available to the Acrobat JavaScript programmer. Unlike many of the other UI options it can be used in Folder level scripts as well as at the Document level and lower. In this piece, Thom Parker explains how to use this item.

Developer   October 21, 2004

Navigating the Internal Structure of a PDF Document

Thom Parker

"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.

Developer   October 07, 2004

PDFaloud Creator Speaks Up About PDF

Dan Shea

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.

Enterprise & Government   September 17, 2004

Adding JavaScript References to the Acrobat Pro 6 Help Menu

Douglas J. Alford

With the release of Acrobat Professional 6, the JavaScript Reference (known formerly as the JavaScript Object Specification) disappeared from its home on the Help menu. In this article, Doug Alford explains how to add it and other documents to Acrobat's Help menu.

Developer   September 15, 2004

PDF Master: Thomas Merz's Take on PDF and Acrobat

Dan Shea

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.

Developer   September 08, 2004

Acrobat in the Browser

Dave Wraight

Using some simple JavaScript, it's possible to determine a whole range of version information from the PDF Viewing Component inside a Web Browser. If you need to, say, determine which version of the Acrobat Browser Plugin your web visitors were using, Dave Wraight explains how.

Developer   September 01, 2004

PDF and Prepress According to Roelof

Dan Shea

Planet PDF's Dan Shea recently caught up with Independent System Integrators CEO Roelof Janssen in person to establish his views on Acrobat 6 Professional, the state of PDF prepress and the future.

Creative & Print   August 23, 2004

REVIEW: 'Getting Professional Results From Your PDFs'

Dave Wraight

What would the IT industry be without user documentation and tech books? Dave Wraight takes a look at one such text: Carl Young's latest book, "Adobe Acrobat 6.0: Getting Professional Results From Your PDFs".

Enterprise & Government   August 04, 2004

Softproofing with Acrobat 6 Professional's Preflight Tools

John Clifford

Part two of two in John Clifford's "PDF and Soft Proofing" series. Acrobat 6 Professional has a number of preflight tools that come in very handy during the softproofing phase of your print workflow. John Clifford outlines how to take advantage of these tools during the softproofing phase.

Creative & Print   July 27, 2004

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