We've developed a very simple Active Server Pages (ASP) script which allows you to do no-nonsense Forms Data Format (FDF) collection via e-mail. Best of all, this simple script will work with Acrobat Reader.
Earlier this month we had the chance to catch up with Dov Isaacs of Adobe Systems to talk about his 'day job' as "Principal Scientist, Workflow and Interoperability," as well as about his highly commendable efforts online as a tireless troubleshooter for end-user problems and issues related to the company's software products.
One of three original members of the initial Acrobat team at Adobe Systems and now Director of Acrobat Product Marketing, Sarah Rosenbaum has left her mark on Acrobat versions 1.0 to 6.0. Likewise, Acrobat and PDF have left their impressions on her. In an interview with Planet PDF, she says the worldwide "awareness and proliferation is so mind-boggling."
Today Karl talks with John Warnock, co-founder of Adobe Systems, retired CEO and current Chairman of the Board -- and perhaps most significantly in this venue, the mastermind behind Adobe Acrobat and the Portable Document Format (PDF). In his 1991 "Camelot" report, later published on Planet PDF, Warnock publicly detailed for the first time the foundation for and concept of PDF. The rest, as they say, is history -- and a rich one it is.
Planet PDF talks with David Zwang, a highly regarded systems and process analyst with Zwang and Company, long-time moderator for the PDF-oriented sessions at the Seybold Seminars' conferences and other similar industry events, a contributing editor on Acrobat and PDF for The Seybold Report and a contributing writer for several other industry publications.
Today Karl talks with Hans Hartman, chair of last year's Seybold PDF Summit events in New York and San Francisco, which included the "PDF Shootout" independent vendor comparisons and the Seybold survey on PDF usage.
Planet PDF talks with Pattie Belle Hastings, co-author of the "Adobe Acrobat 5 Master Class" book, published by Peachpit Press. A keen proponent for PDFs that are designed for on-screen viewing -- taking full advantage of Acrobat's interactive and multimedia capabilities -- she is an Associate Professor of Interactive Design at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut, and an accomplished artist and graphic designer.
Bernd Zipper compares the pros and cons of purchasing a single-vendor, closed workflow system or opting to build an open one using standard, off-the-shelf products. The tools are there for a "Do-It-Yourself" solution, which lowers the point of entry considerably. Zipper cautions, however, that the home-grown approach "places a high premium on the know-how and commitment of the individual employees, who must learn to deal with each tool without losing sight of the overall workflow."
Today Karl talks with Ted Padova, someone who both practices what he preaches and preaches what he practices when it comes to Acrobat and PDF. Padova is the author of several relevant books, with the Acrobat PDF Bible probably his best-known. Padova also speaks at various industry conferences and events, offers workshops and teaches courses.
Planet PDF talks with Aandi Inston of Quite Software (www.quite.com). Aandi, a one-man oracle on the technology, has most certainly answered more Acrobat/PDF-related questions and offered more free online assistance in the past decade than anyone we know. In addition, Quite Software's products are used and publicly acclaimed by many, including former Adobe Systems CEO and co-founder John Warnock.
Jonathan Knowles is two months into his new role as the worldwide evangelist for Adobe Systems, a position for which he seems a natural. When he's not figuratively wearing his Acrobat hat -- and literally, his non-traditional Adobe shirt -- he may be found in his volunteer role as a state park naturalist.
In the latest in his ongoing series of columns on "PDF Best Practices," Shlomo Perets of Microtype examines the Find and Search capabilities of Adobe Acrobat, noting important factors in how well -- even if -- they will work, depending on various factors.
Scott Tully, among the pioneers crusading for a special, PDF-based digital data standard for publishing workflows, shares a look under the hood of PDF/X-1. He explains how to create PDF/X-1 files that will serve their unique role and purpose -- to facilitate the "blind exchange" of graphically rich content ready for imaging.
March 20-23, 2012 -- Salt Palace Convention Center, Salt Lake City, Utah
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