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PDF101 - An Introduction to Using Adobe Acrobat/PDF

Carl Young

Carl Young of DigiPub Solutions Corp. and the PDF 2000 II Conference shares some tips on creating PDFs that make optimal use of Acrobat's feature set -- suggesting that users develop a checklist that can guide consistent production of PDFs.

Enterprise & Government   October 03, 2000

Using PDFs on Corporate CD-ROMs

C. Scott Miller

C. Scott Miller shares his thoughts and experiences on an expanding demand for cross-media documentation that is driving new interest in PDF, part of his recent PDF Day presentation. It includes an overview of a fundraising project, combining multimedia with PDF documentation on a CD-ROM, that his company helped produce for Wells Fargo Bank.

Creative & Print   September 29, 2000

Add fill-in fields to static PDF forms

PDF forms are turning up at an increasing number of Web sites, but many represent the most basic conversion. Rather than allowing their forms to be filled in on line, many sites post static versions that must be downloaded, printed and filled in by hand. If you own the full version of Adobe Acrobat, you may be able to add fill-in fields to some forms so they can at least be completed electronically.

Enterprise & Government   September 27, 2000

IAC - PDF Print All

PDF Print All was constructed to eliminate the problem of multiple document printing in Adobe Acrobat.

Developer   September 20, 2000

Custom Objects in PDF JavaScript

Kas Thomas shows how to extend any of JavaScript's built-in objects and to define your own custom objects. He provides several cut-and-paste examples.

Developer   August 23, 2000

Listen to Your PDFs

Bryan Guignard

Bryan Guignard isn't yet talking to his PDF files, but he's spent a good deal of time listening to them lately. He's impressed with the Text-to-Speech technology, as he explains in his article, and sees opportunities beyond just an accessibility solution.

Enterprise & Government   August 23, 2000

PDF 101 - Adding form fields to PDF files

Carl Young

Carl Young's PDF 101 articles -- intended as an introduction to using Acrobat/PDF -- explore the basics of adding fields to make your PDF Forms interactive.

Enterprise & Government   August 10, 2000

XML and PDF: Of applications and philosophy

Gordon Kent

As you consider how to maintain the integrity of data for future use, the best format is a structured format and there is no better format than XML, Gordon Kent writes in his latest article. Alternatively, you may have requirements to maintain the branding image or look and feel of your documents; here PDF is an excellent choice. How can you get the maximum value from what both XML and PDF offer?

Enterprise & Government   July 27, 2000

PDF eBooks are Here to Stay

Karl De Abrew

With Stephen King sending a second round of shock waves through the book publishing industry this week, we're re-purposing a column written initially for Adobe.com by Planet PDF's Karl De Abrew that reflects on King's first venture into the world of eBooks and PDF -- the record-setting release of "Riding the Bullet" a few months ago.

Enterprise & Government   July 27, 2000

Using Digital Signatures with Acrobat

Karl De Abrew

With the recent signing of a new digital signatures law by U.S. President Bill Clinton, we're re-posting a "Pulp Free" column first written by Planet PDF's Karl De Abrew for Adobe.com -- a look at using using digital signatures in PDF documents.

Enterprise & Government   July 06, 2000

Using Digital Signatures with Microsoft Outlook

Karl De Abrew

In a related "Pulp Free" column by De Abrew for Adobe.com, he offers guidance on using digital certificates and digital signatures with Microsoft Outlook email.

Enterprise & Government   July 06, 2000

PDF - Is the Standard in Need of a Standard?

According to The Pfeiffer Report, a single PDF standard is no longer viable, given the range of diverse applications for which the technology is suited. It's time "for each market segment to push the implementation or version which makes sense," resulting in several solution-specific standards, the report concludes.

Creative & Print   June 23, 2000

JavaScript - Introduction to Development with Examples

Adobe Acrobat allows you to utilise JavaScript within Acrobat Forms by defining an object model on top of JavaScript 1.2.

Developer   June 23, 2000

JavaScript - Clean Up Your Popups

Kas Thomas

Perhaps you're already aware that in Acrobat 4.0 (and 4.05) there's an undocumented JavaScript method called popUpMenu(), a way to attach custom popup menus to mouse-down events in form fields. (If not, you know now!) But ScriptMeister Kas knows from recent experience that it's important to "Clean Up You Popups," as he details in his latest column.

Developer   June 17, 2000

Introducing the Smart PDF Workflow

Max Wyss and Makiko Itoh

A paper and Smart PDF solution can be more streamlined than one based on paper and HTML, according to our contributors, a tagteam of Acrobat/PDF gurus based in Switzerland. They also suggest in their "Practical Smart PDF" articles that a hybrid solution is often the best approach.

Enterprise & Government   June 03, 2000

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