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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

PDF content tracking: Could it save the publishing industry?

Don Fluckinger

Despite tough economic times, Adobe Systems plans to spend almost $2 billion USD buying Omniture, a web-metrics tracking company. In this feature, Don Fluckinger argues that Adobe's history of canny acquisitions and the potential upside of PDF content tracking mean that the move could take commercial PDF publishing to the next level.

Enterprise & Government   October 22, 2009

PDF on the iPhone: The first swipe

Duff Johnson

With the extreme popularity of iPhones, PDF documents are even more portable than ever -- with the appropriate applications, of course. Appligent Document Solutions' CEO Duff Johnson reviews a range of PDF-related applications for the iPhone to help you find the best way to indulge your PDF habit when you are on the move.

Enterprise & Government   October 15, 2009

The PDF prescription for health care cost control

Duff Johnson

Healthcare costs in the US have significantly outpaced inflation for several decades. Leaving aside the political questions of how care is financed or delivered, everyone agrees that controlling administrative costs is essential to bringing healthcare expenditures in-line. To treat this problem, Appligent Document Solutions CEO Duff Johnson has a prescription for the healthcare industry: PDF.

Enterprise & Government   August 20, 2009

How Reader Extensions should be sold

Duff Johnson

Reader Extensions allows the free Adobe Reader to perform functions otherwise only available in Adobe's Acrobat desktop software. Unfortunately, the current pricing model has been a barrier to the adoption of Reader Extensions by small-to-medium organizations. In this article, Duff Johnson suggests ways that Adobe could better position this useful functionality to get more "bang for its buck."

Enterprise & Government   July 09, 2009

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