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PDF: Fit for Human Consumption if designed properly

Kurt Foss

Jakob Nielsen hit a nerve with some PDF enthusiasts when he recently wrote in his monthly usability column that, in terms of suitability for use on the Web, the format is allegedly "unfit for human consumption." We're publishing a rebuttal that another satisfied user recently sent to Nielsen -- and also shared with us. In addition, Steve Borsch provides several samples of PDFs designed to be read and navigated online.

Enterprise & Government   July 27, 2003

PDF author creates spoof of Nielsen's misguided 'Alertbox'

Douglas J. Alford

After reading the sometimes laughable criticisms of PDF made in a recent "Alertbox" column by noted usability guru Jakob Nielsen, Doug Alford of Techneglas came up with a humorous spoof. We're delighted to share his "CARS: Unfit for Human Transportation" take-off on Nielsen's ill-informed "PDF: Unfit for Human Consumption" column.

Enterprise & Government   July 17, 2003

PDF Master: John Warnock talks with Planet PDF

Karl De Abrew

Today Karl talks with John Warnock, co-founder of Adobe Systems, retired CEO and current Chairman of the Board -- and perhaps most significantly in this venue, the mastermind behind Adobe Acrobat and the Portable Document Format (PDF). In his 1991 "Camelot" report, later published on Planet PDF, Warnock publicly detailed for the first time the foundation for and concept of PDF. The rest, as they say, is history -- and a rich one it is.

Enterprise & Government   April 07, 2003

Adobe's Sarah Rosenbaum: From Acrobat 1.0 to Acrobat 6.0

Kurt Foss

One of three original members of the initial Acrobat team at Adobe Systems and now Director of Acrobat Product Marketing, Sarah Rosenbaum has left her mark on Acrobat versions 1.0 to 6.0. Likewise, Acrobat and PDF have left their impressions on her. In an interview with Planet PDF, she says the worldwide "awareness and proliferation is so mind-boggling."

Enterprise & Government   April 07, 2003

PDF Master: David Zwang talks with Planet PDF

Karl De Abrew

Planet PDF talks with David Zwang, a highly regarded systems and process analyst with Zwang and Company, long-time moderator for the PDF-oriented sessions at the Seybold Seminars' conferences and other similar industry events, a contributing editor on Acrobat and PDF for The Seybold Report and a contributing writer for several other industry publications.

Creative & Print   March 24, 2003

PDF - The Universal Publishing Format

David Zwang

In this re-published perspective, David Zwang explains why he believes the Portable Document Format (PDF) has become a universal format for publishing.

Creative & Print   March 24, 2003

PDF Master: Hans Hartman talks with Planet PDF

Karl De Abrew

Today Karl talks with Hans Hartman, chair of last year's Seybold PDF Summit events in New York and San Francisco, which included the "PDF Shootout" independent vendor comparisons and the Seybold survey on PDF usage.

Creative & Print   March 18, 2003

PDF Master: Pattie Belle Hastings talks with Planet PDF

Karl De Abrew

Planet PDF talks with Pattie Belle Hastings, co-author of the "Adobe Acrobat 5 Master Class" book, published by Peachpit Press. A keen proponent for PDFs that are designed for on-screen viewing -- taking full advantage of Acrobat's interactive and multimedia capabilities -- she is an Associate Professor of Interactive Design at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut, and an accomplished artist and graphic designer.

Creative & Print   March 05, 2003

PDF Master: Max Wyss talks with Planet PDF

Karl De Abrew

Today Karl talks with Max Wyss of Prodok Engineering, based near Zurich, Switzerland. Highly regarded for his expertise in PDF-based forms -- and especially known for some of his legendary, interactive forms that integrate JavaScript for added functionality -- Wyss also is a consultant on the "Smart PDF Workflow" concept and a popular speaker at industry conferences and events.

Developer   March 03, 2003

PDF Master: Aandi Inston talks with Planet PDF

Karl De Abrew

Planet PDF talks with Aandi Inston of Quite Software (www.quite.com). Aandi, a one-man oracle on the technology, has most certainly answered more Acrobat/PDF-related questions and offered more free online assistance in the past decade than anyone we know. In addition, Quite Software's products are used and publicly acclaimed by many, including former Adobe Systems CEO and co-founder John Warnock.

Creative & Print   February 20, 2003

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