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PDF is green tech for your office

Duff Johnson

Every PDF sent, saved or submitted reduces your carbon footprint and saves money too. Appligent Document Solutions CEO Duff Johnson looks at the role PDF can play in the environmentally-aware and budget-conscious office.

Enterprise & Government   June 18, 2009

PDF Standards

Karl De Abrew

Years ago when we used to talk about PDF as being the most prominent document format, we'd always have to add a quick, under-the-breath, "de-facto standard". But when it came to being 100 percent assured that it would be around in years to come, it's always been a case of biting our collective lips and hoping for the best. What we would do if Adobe pulled the plug? Over the past two years, though, it's been nothing but standards, standards, standards when it comes to PDF. In fact, there are so many that it's easy to lose track. In this feature article, Debenu's Karl De Abrew helps to de-mystify the ever-increasing range of PDF-based standards.

Enterprise & Government   June 11, 2009

PDF: The sustainable document technology

Karl De Abrew

What do you think of when you hear the phrase, "green technologies"? Perhaps solar panels, electric cars and carbon-neutral wind generators? In this article, Planet PDF Founder and Debenu CEO Karl De Abrew outlines ways to make offices more eco-friendly using PDF technology.

Enterprise & Government   May 28, 2009

The limitations of Acrobat 9 Pro for document collaboration

John Mohan

PDF-based document collaboration can be a great boon to many workflows, saving time and money. When things go wrong, though, it can cause a lot of headaches. With that in mind, it's important to get the set-up right from the start. In this in-depth article, Rosebud PLM's John Mohan outlines key limitations of Acrobat 9's built-in document collaboration options.

Enterprise & Government   May 14, 2009

PDF-to-Word Conversion: Why it's so hard to do

Richard Crocker

When a file is converted to PDF, it loses its meaning. On the surface all the information is there, and to your eyes it looks exactly the same, but underneath that, all the method, structure and intelligence used when designing the original document has been lost.† This forms the heart of the challenge faced when attempting to convert PDF files back to formats like DOC (Microsoft Word), RTF and HTML, and is not dissimilar to those faced when OCRing paper-based documents.

Enterprise & Government   March 19, 2009

What do PDF and social media have in common?

Nettie Hartsock

In the early days of PDF, most non-PDF people did not understand how much benefit this new technology was going to bring across all verticals in terms of changing how we all use content on a daily basis. And there really still is no way to predict in the next five or ten or twenty years all the new things that are going to emerge from the PDF world.

Enterprise & Government   March 12, 2009

Sponsor Article: Five interesting things you can do with PDF

Jean Haney

Leveraging fifteen years of experience converting PDF into other formats, Visual Integrity Co-Founder Jean Haney outlines some of her favourite uses of PDF.

Enterprise & Government   November 13, 2008

PDF/A Update: Exclusive interview with Dr. Hans Bärfuss, CEO, PDF Tools AG

Nettie Hartsock

At Planet PDF, one of our goals is to always update our readers on all the latest and greatest affecting the PDF arena and its users. So we thought it might be good to get an exclusive interview about developments in the PDF/A standard for long-term archival with Dr. Hans Bärfuss, CEO, PDF Tools AG. Planet PDF's Nettie Hartsock reports.

Enterprise & Government   October 30, 2008

Sponsor Spotlight: How Visual Integrity brought the power of PDFs to technical writers

Nettie Hartsock

As part of the ongoing series on Planet PDF's sponsors, we wanted to commemorate Visual Integrity's contributions to PDF as the company celebrates its 15th year in the industry.

Enterprise & Government   October 16, 2008

How Encryption Works

Michael Cartwright

When you set up password security for a PDF document you are first asked to select an encryption level for the PDF file. If you're a computer geek you may immediately understand what this means, but if you're not you may be puzzled. What does encryption mean and how does it affect your security choices?

Enterprise & Government   October 03, 2008

Make PDF Files Web-Friendly

Michael Cartwright

Is PDF really "unfit for human consumption" (as Jakob Nielsen says) or just misunderstood? Actually, PDFs can definitely be Web-friendly if they are handled with care. We'll teach you how to present PDFs on the Web in a way that minimizes usability problems and unpleasant surprises.

Enterprise & Government   October 01, 2008

Using Metadata to Enhance your PDF Files

Michael Cartwright

Metadata is data about a key piece of information such as an electronic document or file. For example, consider a video of a soccer match. The metadata would be the part of that video file that says "this is a video of a soccer match" or "this video is called World Cup Playoffs" or "this video is 5,353 kilobytes in size." Programs, images, documents, 3D engineering models, databases, and even entire electronic libraries each can contain metadata which help to bring them further definition, identity, and searchability. We take a look at metadata for PDF and how it you can use it to improve the files you publish.

Enterprise & Government   September 30, 2008

PDF vs Word (DOC): When to Use Each

Michael Cartwright

PDF and Microsoft Word DOC formats are two universally accepted document formats. Each has strengths and weaknesses. So which is the best for your documents? The answer is: It depends. Michael Cartwright takes a look at each of these two popular formats and discusses when it's appropriate to use each.

Enterprise & Government   September 26, 2008

Acrobat 9: A child grows up

Thad McIlroy

Thad McIlroy evaluates the latest version of Acrobat, and he likes what he sees. In his opinion, the Acrobat 9 product family reflects a fully mature product, with the version 9 release marking its "emergence into adulthood". Read the full review for more.

Enterprise & Government   September 18, 2008

The content that endures: What to know about PDF/A

Duff Johnson

What is PDF/A? Why do we need it and how do we use it? Duff Johnson answers these questions and more in his in-depth look at PDF/A -- the standard for long-term document archival.

Enterprise & Government   July 17, 2008

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