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Archive: Acrobat 6.0

ABC's of Adobe ADBC

Kas Thomas

In a first-person opinion piece, Kas Thomas asks, then answers, the question: 'Is Adobe Acrobat Database Connectivity (ADBC) ready for production use?' Post your thoughts in the Planet PDF Forum.

Developer   March 10, 2002

John Warnock's 'Camelot' signalled birth of PDF

John Warnock

In the Spring of 1991 Dr. John Warnock wrote a paper he dubbed "Camelot" in which the Adobe Systems Co-founder and CEO laid out the foundation for what has become Acrobat/PDF. With the author's permission, Planet PDF is pleased to publish the full-text of that historic document.

Enterprise & Government   January 18, 2002

Acrobat/PDF: Thoughts on the First Decade

Karl De Abrew

Karl De Abrew, Planet PDF CEO, reflects on the near-decade since Acrobat v.1.0 was hatched (1993), noting several key stages in its development and toward the ever-growing acceptance and use of PDF, to Acrobat's current status as a major breadwinner for Adobe Systems. This commentary was first published in a Seybold Seminars newsletter.

Enterprise & Government   January 04, 2002

PDF Best Practices #3: Learn to Link

Shlomo Perets

In the third in his series of short, focused articles designed to help users create optimal PDF files and understand the various factors involved in doing so, Shlomo Perets of MicroType explains the hows and whys of developing an effective, efficient linking strategy.

Creative & Print   December 12, 2001

Intro to Acrobat 5 Batch Processing

Dr. D. P. Story

If you're an Acrobat 5 owner who has not yet discovered -- or at least explored -- the product's greatly enhanced batch processing capabilities, you're not getting your money's worth from the program. To show you just a taste of what you've been missing, Prof. D. P. Story offers an introduction to 'Batch' -- Acrobat 5 batch processing and scripting. He also offers tips on how to expand what you can do by easily creating your own custom sequences.

Developer   October 20, 2001

Make It Easy on Yourself

Kas Thomas

One of the things that makes JavaScript such a powerful, easy-to-use language is its relaxed data-typing. But sometimes, you NEED a number to be a number. New Planet PDF columinist Kas Thomas gives you the insight into a host of JavaScript tricks to perform variable type conversions.

Developer   September 20, 2001

Best Practices #2: Creating Effective Acrobat Bookmarks

Shlomo Perets

Acrobat's bookmarks can be a particularly efficient navigation mechanism that provides easy access to common locations and actions. With nesting and expand and collapse capability, bookmarks create a constant conceptual display of the document's structure. Add easy navigation to all important items in your PDFs.

Enterprise & Government   August 27, 2001

Using Colors in Acrobat JavaScript

Kas Thomas

Kas offers a crash course in manipulating color in PDF files.

Developer   August 05, 2001

Save Yourself Some Typing with 'With'

Kas Thomas

One trick I've learned (the hard way) for reducing the number of bugs in my JavaScript is to make use of any and all tools and techniques for cutting down on the amount of typing I have to do. Kas unveils new 'secret weapon' against typos.

Developer   August 05, 2001

Image Mapping in PDF - Create a JavaScript Color Picker

Kas Thomas

Kas presents an exercise on how to set up an image map in a PDF file and couple it to a Perl script running on a server, creating an RGB color picker as an example.

Developer   August 05, 2001

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