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PDF Master: Aandi Inston talks with Planet PDF

Karl De Abrew

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.

Creative & Print   February 20, 2003

New Acrobat Evangelist is a Natural -- and Naturalist

Kurt Foss

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.

Enterprise & Government   June 06, 2002

PDF Best Practices #5: Acrobat Find & Search

Shlomo Perets

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.

Enterprise & Government   April 22, 2002

Under the Hood of PDF/X-1

Scott Tully

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.

Creative & Print   March 21, 2002

ABC's of Adobe ADBC

Kas Thomas

In a first-person opinion piece, Kas Thomas asks, then answers, the question: 'Is Adobe Acrobat Database Connectivity (ADBC) ready for production use?' Post your thoughts in the Planet PDF Forum.

Developer   March 10, 2002

JavaScript - Response Dialogs, An interactive session

Kas Thomas

Introduces the use of the response dialog which he sees as a mechanism to let the programmer get special additional information from the user.

Developer   March 06, 2002

John Warnock's 'Camelot' signalled birth of PDF

John Warnock

In the Spring of 1991 Dr. John Warnock wrote a paper he dubbed "Camelot" in which the Adobe Systems Co-founder and CEO laid out the foundation for what has become Acrobat/PDF. With the author's permission, Planet PDF is pleased to publish the full-text of that historic document.

Enterprise & Government   January 18, 2002

Time for an Acrobat JavaScript Test

Kas Thomas

Kas Thomas offers a chance to test your knowledge of Acrobat JavaScript with a new 20-question quiz; answers and explanations provided.

Developer   January 07, 2002

Acrobat/PDF: Thoughts on the First Decade

Karl De Abrew

Karl De Abrew, Planet PDF CEO, reflects on the near-decade since Acrobat v.1.0 was hatched (1993), noting several key stages in its development and toward the ever-growing acceptance and use of PDF, to Acrobat's current status as a major breadwinner for Adobe Systems. This commentary was first published in a Seybold Seminars newsletter.

Enterprise & Government   January 04, 2002

Test your knowledge of standard JavaScript core-language functionality

Kas Thomas

Test your knowledge of standard JavaScript core-language functionality by taking this 20-question quiz developed by expert user, author and developer Kas Thomas; answers and explanations provided.

Developer   January 01, 2002

A look at CD based publishing

C. Scott Miller

Noted Acrobat PDF authority and consultant C. Scott Miller, author of the well-known PDF Research Companion Web site, takes the "Learning Acrobat 5" CD-ROM-based instructional tool from Lynda.com for a spin.

Creative & Print   December 19, 2001

The Ghost of PDFWriter Past

Bryan Guignard

Bryan Guignard notes that PDFWriter is no longer part of the basic installation with Acrobat 5, and explains why that's a good thing for PDF users and PDF.

Developer   December 18, 2001

PDF Best Practices #3: Learn to Link

Shlomo Perets

In the third in his series of short, focused articles designed to help users create optimal PDF files and understand the various factors involved in doing so, Shlomo Perets of MicroType explains the hows and whys of developing an effective, efficient linking strategy.

Creative & Print   December 12, 2001

Intro to Acrobat 5 Batch Processing

Dr. D. P. Story

If you're an Acrobat 5 owner who has not yet discovered -- or at least explored -- the product's greatly enhanced batch processing capabilities, you're not getting your money's worth from the program. To show you just a taste of what you've been missing, Prof. D. P. Story offers an introduction to 'Batch' -- Acrobat 5 batch processing and scripting. He also offers tips on how to expand what you can do by easily creating your own custom sequences.

Developer   October 20, 2001

Make It Easy on Yourself

Kas Thomas

One of the things that makes JavaScript such a powerful, easy-to-use language is its relaxed data-typing. But sometimes, you NEED a number to be a number. New Planet PDF columinist Kas Thomas gives you the insight into a host of JavaScript tricks to perform variable type conversions.

Developer   September 20, 2001

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