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Google Chrome gets its own slick PDF viewer

Rowan Hanna

A lot of people dislike the experience of viewing a PDF in a web browser. A common complaint is that users are typically in for a long wait, because a separate desktop application needs to be launched and embedded within the browser before the PDF can be displayed. Google Chrome's new native PDF viewer offers a neat solution to this issue, according to Planet PDF's Rowan Hanna.

Enterprise & Government   November 08, 2010

When can a PDF reader claim conformance with the PDF standard?

Olaf Druemmer

What exactly is a "conforming PDF reader" and what does it have to do with PDF 2.0? Olaf Druemmer, chairman of the PDF/A Competence Center, explains all in this in-depth article.

Developer   November 08, 2010

What you don't know about PDF can hurt you

Duff Johnson

There has been a lot written lately about the "insecurity" of PDF. Depending on the case, security issues can arise due to complacency on the part of users, software vulnerabilities, or both. In this article, Appligent Document Solutions CEO Duff Johnson outlines the problems and offers advice for minimizing PDF-related security risks.

Enterprise & Government   October 28, 2010

Why PDF?

Duff Johnson

"What's the purpose of PDF? Why can't I just send Word or Excel files; why should I bother converting to PDF?" In this in-depth article, Appligent Document Solutions CEO Duff Johnson answers these questions and more as he makes the case for PDF.

Enterprise & Government   August 18, 2010

Section 508 and PDF: The facts

Duff Johnson

OK, so you need to ensure that your PDF documents are accessible and compliant with Section 508. How do you go about it? In this article, Appligent Document Solutions CEO Duff Johnson outlines 10 key facts relating to making compliant PDFs.

Enterprise & Government   July 07, 2010

Word doesn't do Section 508, PDF gets the blame

Duff Johnson

So, you think PDF is a problem when it comes to accessibility and Section 508 compliance? Some of the key gripes about the compliance of PDF files are actually due to limitations in Microsoft Word. Appligent Document Solutions CEO Duff Johnson explains in this feature article.

Enterprise & Government   June 18, 2010

Is PDF an open standard?

Duff Johnson

On May 13, the founders of Adobe Systems stepped up to the microphone to deliver a response to Steve Jobs' open letter about Flash. They say Adobe has acted on open standards while Apple offers mere words. In this article, Appligent Document Solutions CEO Duff Johnson provides some background that places their claims in context.

Enterprise & Government   June 10, 2010

No, PDF is NOT owned by Adobe!

Duff Johnson

It is commonly believed that PDF is a proprietary format and that is owned by Adobe. Neither of these claims is now true -- we all own PDF, explains Appligent Document Solutions CEO Duff Johnson.

Enterprise & Government   May 20, 2010

How to (successfully) switch to a paperless practice

Ernest Svenson

There are various possible reasons for choosing not to go paperless. Nevertheless, technical and financial difficulties with making the switch are not among them, argues PDFforLawyers.com's Ernest Svenson. He goes on to outline some simple, inexpensive steps that can be taken to facilitate the change.

Enterprise & Government   May 13, 2010

What's your preference, sir?

Ernest Svenson

A common complaint is that software doesn't behave like it should. For example, word-processing packages might make unsolicited spelling suggestions when the program doesn't recognise a word, which can be frustrating for those writing jargon-heavy text (e.g., for legal documents). In this article, PDFforLawyers.com's Ernest Svenson notes that the solution, in many cases, might be to configure the relevant program's preferences correctly.

Enterprise & Government   April 29, 2010

The best move you can make toward being paperless

Ernest Svenson

People are always talking about 'going paperless', but what is the best way to go about it? In this piece, PDFforLawyers.com's Ernest Svenson suggests what he thinks is the single best way to move forward from paper-based to paperless document processes.

Enterprise & Government   April 22, 2010

The disadvantages of locked PDFs

Ernest Svenson

One thing that makes the PDF format suited to storing and exchanging digital documents is that PDF documents can be secured against unauthorized access. Applying document security can sometimes be more of a hindrance than a help, however. PDFforLawyers.com's Ernest Svenson explains.

Enterprise & Government   March 04, 2010

iPhone 3Gs as a portable scanner that creates PDFs

Ernest Svenson

The wide range of available iPhone apps allows them to have a staggering variety of uses. Given the right app, an iPhone 3GS can even act as an effective portable scanner. PDFforLawyers.com's Ernest Svenson explains.

Enterprise & Government   February 11, 2010

The Tablet: What it means for publishing

Duff Johnson

The recent launch of the iPad, Apple's tablet device, has set the Net buzzing. The release has Appligent Document Solutions CEO Duff Johnson thinking about the future of personal computing and what he calls "the tablet economy" -- a computing ecosystem centered around tablet-based devices. Duff outlines his predictions and offers some guidance for content publishers in this feature article.

Enterprise & Government   January 27, 2010

Adobe buys Omniture: The story beneath the story and what it means for users

Nettie Hartsock

This month we had the opportunity to catch up to Thad McIlroy, editor and founder of "The Future of Publishing", a highly regarded website that monitors news on the digital publishing front and where digital publishing is heading. Thad recently released an in-depth report titled, "Adobe's Designs on Web Analytics: The Omniture Acquisition" which is available at The Future Of Publishing site.

Enterprise & Government   November 19, 2009

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