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Jaeggi on standards, training and PDF University

Nettie Hartsock

Planet PDF's Nettie Hartsock interviews noted PDF figure Stephan Jaeggi, who spoke about the upcoming PDF conference that he'll chair, his work with standards body the Ghent PDF Workgroup (GWG) and the world of PDF training.

Creative & Print   January 18, 2007

EDITORIAL: Adobe Reader rollercoaster slows to a halt

Dan Shea

After such headlines as "Adobe flaw may be 'worst' bug of 2007", one could perhaps be forgiven for feeling a little nervous. As it turns out however, this latest flaw now seems more like a falling acorn than a piece of sky. Dan Shea examines the latest PDF-related security scare.

Enterprise & Government   January 11, 2007

EDITORIAL: How 'open' is PDF?

Dan Shea

Adobe may not have directly threatened a lawsuit over Microsoft's inclusion of PDF creation functionality with the pending version of Office, but it is clearly unhappy with the feature. Given the 'openness' of the PDF format, what does this really mean? Dan Shea discusses the issue.

Enterprise & Government   November 29, 2006

Overpriced Acrobat upgrade

Thad McIlroy

Thad McIlroy talks about the pricing for Adobe's latest version of Acrobat and discusses whether this expense is justified for existing customers. McIlroy also assesses Adobe's "Top 10" reasons for making the switch.

Creative & Print   November 21, 2006

Acrobat still suffering from schizophrenia

Thad McIlroy

Thad McIlroy examines Acrobat's enduring case of "schizophrenia" -- it's appeal to the disparate users in the creative professional and knowledge worker spaces -- and evaluates the release of the expanded Adobe Acrobat 8 product family.

Creative & Print   November 21, 2006

Creating custom 3D PDF templates inside Acrobat 3D with Right Hemisphere's PDF Publishing and PMI Modules

Lars Olson

This is the third in a series of three tutorials from Right Hemisphere's Lars Olson. This tutorial will focus on creating custom 3D PDF templates inside Acrobat 3D with Right Hemisphere's PDF Publishing and PMI Modules.

Creative & Print   September 27, 2006

REVIEW: PitStop Professional 7

Julie Shaffer

Speaker, author and educator Julie Shaffer puts in her (expert) 2 cents on the new release of Enfocus's flagship preflight, editing and automation plug-in for Acrobat, Enfocus PitStop Professional.

Creative & Print   August 02, 2006

Easily Create Interactive 3D PDFs that Include Product Manufacturing Information

Lars Olson

This is the second in a series of three tutorials from Right Hemisphere's Lars Olson. This tutorial will focus on sharing a 3D model with PMI specifications, and is aimed at anyone involved in a manufacturing workflow.

Creative & Print   July 05, 2006

Creating Interactive 3D PDFs with Acrobat 3D and the Right Hemisphere PDF Publishing Module

Lars Olson

This is the first in a series of three tutorials from Right Hemisphere's Lars Olson. This tutorial will focus on creating a fully interactive 3D PDF from CAD data to demonstrate a simple disassembly procedure for repair or maintenance.

Creative & Print   June 16, 2006

The Trouble with Adobe Acrobat and Microsoft Office 2007

Richard Crocker

The interesting if not troubling thing I've found after using the Microsoft Office 2007 beta is that Adobe Acrobat's PDF creation tools are now well and truly hidden away and hard to find. This creates multiple problems for Adobe: less people will successfully create PDFs, and more people will be asking, "Where did my 'Create PDF' button go?" Adobe needs to develop a solution for previous versions of Acrobat before the new Microsoft Office is launched.

Enterprise & Government   June 14, 2006

OPINION: Clash of the Titans

Karl De Abrew

BinaryThing CEO Karl De Abrew (now Debenu CEO) explores the pending conflict between software giants Adobe and Microsoft. Reports are coming in all across the globe that Adobe isn't content to let Microsoft shoot forth with a basic Save As PDF for Office 12. The WSJ is reporting that talks between the two software companies have reached an impasse during the past week as are The Street, Slashdot and many, many others.

Enterprise & Government   June 03, 2006

OCR, PDFs, and bates-numbered documents

Ernest Svenson

Finding the interplay of PDF creation, Optical Character Recognition (OCR) and bates numbering a little confusing? PDFforLawyers.com's Ernest Svenson explains in this piece on just that topic.

Enterprise & Government   June 01, 2006

Unauthorized access to secure PDF content: Everywhere you look?

Dan Shea

Is PDF living up to Adobe's one-time claim of being "Everywhere you look"? At first glance, it looks as though that statement may be truer than was originally intended, thanks to the 500-pound gorilla of Internet search. The most public "private" beta this writer has ever encountered -- Google's "Gmail" email service -- offers a "View as HTML" function that may circumvent usage restrictions on some PDF documents.

Enterprise & Government   April 20, 2006

CVISION's PdfCompressor: Squeeze your PDFs, and more

Duff Johnson

In this piece, Duff Johnson takes an in-depth look at CVISION's PdfCompressor software, designed for compressing PDF files and much more. Where relevant, the review also makes comparisons between similar functionality in this application and Adobe's flagship software, Adobe Acrobat.

Enterprise & Government   April 13, 2006

Review: Adobe Acrobat 3D

Filipe Pereira Martins and Anna Kobylinska

With Acrobat 3D, its newest addition to the Acrobat family, Adobe pushed the envelope of PDF capabilities. Adobe Acrobat 3D expands next-generation PDF workflow into the 3D worlds of Manufacturing and AEC (architecture, engineering and construction). This review by Filipe Pereira Martins and Anna Kobylinska of Soft1T Consulting provides an in-depth look at the youngest Acrobat.

Creative & Print   April 06, 2006

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