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Editorial: Microsoft comes to the PDF party

Dan Shea

For a long time, it has appeared as though Microsoft wasn't a big fan of PDF. In recent times, the Redmond giant has released various technologies that have been tagged as "PDF killers." That may now be set to change, as the next version of Office is to have native PDF support. Dan Shea explores this topic in his latest editorial.

Enterprise & Government   October 04, 2005

PDF Conference 2005's presentations posted

Dan Shea

PDF Conference is winding down, but even if you have missed out, Planet PDF has posted speaker presentation files from the show for your browsing pleasure. For those that attended the relevant sessions, the posted files might help you better understand their content; for those that could not make it, the files will give you an idea of what you missed.

Enterprise & Government   September 27, 2005

Carl Young on PDF, Flash and his tenth PDF Conference

Dan Shea

At the PDF Conference today, Planet PDF caught up with trainer, author and conference producer Carl Young to talk about the future of our Flash, the conference business, and Adobe's newly-minted user group initiative. Check out the details at Planet PDF.

Enterprise & Government   September 27, 2005

PDF Conference preview and must-see sessions

Dan Shea

With mere days to go until the Crystal City Hilton opens its doors for the 2005 PDF Conference, PDF luminaries and neophytes alike are preparing to make their way to the US capital for a dose of PDF education. In this piece, Dan Shea previews key sessions from the show's program.

Enterprise & Government   September 21, 2005

PDF security: Redaction and 3rd-party tools

Dan Shea

The fifth and final part in a series on PDF security, this installment covers censorship (AKA redaction) of PDF content and profiles several 3rd-party PDF tools relevant to PDF security. This article covers the concept and process of redaction, while also addressing the capabilities and uses of several third-party applications.

Enterprise & Government   September 14, 2005

PDF security: Adobe LiveCycle Policy Server

Dan Shea

Part four in a series on PDF security, this article provides a little more information on Adobe's server-based security solution. Adobe LiveCycle Policy Server (ALPS) allows for the creation, administration, application and authentication of security policies. This article covers the capabilities and uses of Policy Server.

Enterprise & Government   September 07, 2005

PDF security: Digital signatures

Dan Shea

Part three in a series on PDF security, this article covers the key issue of digital signatures. "What are they?" "How are they used?" "When should they be used?" This article tackles these questions and more in order to further de-mystify PDF security.

Enterprise & Government   August 31, 2005

PDF security: eEnvelopes and security policies

Dan Shea

Part two in a series on PDF security, this article covers the important issue of which parts of the document need to be encrypted, the concept of 'eEnvelopes' and provides a little information about security policies. The latest installment attempts to take some more of the pain out of devising document security strategies.

Enterprise & Government   August 24, 2005

Introduction to PDF security

Dan Shea

The application of security on documents has always been a delicate balancing act between ease-of-use and adequate protection for the document's contents. Too little, and you risk the exposure of sensitive information; too much, and you can impede the authorized use of the document. Dan Shea's latest article attempts to take some of the pain out of devising document security strategies.

Enterprise & Government   August 17, 2005

Searching and Finding: Basic Principles

David Fishel

There's a lot more to searching PDF documents than meets the eye. Which tool is best suited to the task of searching PDFs? It all depends, according to PDFforLawyers.com's Dave Fishel. He explains in this piece on the basic principles of searching PDF files.

Enterprise & Government   August 03, 2005

Legacy Content Conversion: Generating citations, revenue and goodwill from your publication history

Duff Johnson

Document Solutions CEO and Planet PDF Contributing Editor Duff Johnson's latest article, "Legacy Content Conversion: Generating citations, revenue and goodwill from your publication history" appears in the Summer, 2005 issue of Journal Publishing, and is free for your download and use under the terms of the Reprint and Citation Policy.

Enterprise & Government   July 27, 2005

OCR: Yuor Sarech Enigne Cna't Raed Tihs

David Fishel

Optical Character Recognition (OCR) is a godsend to anyone looking to create an electronic archive from large paper records, but just how accurate is it? How can responsible record-keepers compensate for the occasional errors? PDFforLawyers.com's Dave Fishel explains in this piece on the perils of relying too heavily on OCR.

Enterprise & Government   July 27, 2005

Quality Assurance in PDF -- Business critical files may not be legible in the future

Roger Reeves

If you bake a cake, you start by checking the "best before" date on the cake mix, smelling the milk to ensure it's still good, and looking at the eggs when cracking them open. If any of the ingredients are bad or have reached their expiry date, you won't use them. In comparison, how many companies check the PDF documents they receive from external (or other internal) sources before entering them into business processes, where the cost of failure is considerably higher? Roger Reeves of PDF Tools AG explains.

Enterprise & Government   July 15, 2005

Editorial: Community becomes Industry

Dan Shea

Back in early 2001, the PDF community was a very different animal. Competition was taboo, profits were secondary, and PDF was viewed as primarily a print format. Dan Shea takes a slightly nostalgic look back to that more innocent time in his latest editorial.

Enterprise & Government   July 13, 2005

Electronic Signatures - they do exist don't they?

David Fishel

Some form of electronic signature has existed for quite some time. Almost all US states and a large number of countries have enacted or are considering some form of electronic signature legislation. If that's the case, why aren't there more of them in use? PDFforLawyers.com's Dave Fishel explains in this piece on electronic signatures.

Enterprise & Government   July 06, 2005

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