A huge selling point of PDF has always been that it is not limited to any one echo-system, making document exchange possible no matter the hardware or operating system being used. In this article Rowan Hanna looks at how the portability of PDF is being threatened by crippled-PDFs.
Learning how to manipulate PDFs is critical if you want to efficiently capture and process digital information. Acrobat is the most obvious tool for the job, but the story is a bit more complicated for Mac users. If you don't need all of its features, Acrobat Pro is somewhat pricey, and Acrobat Standard is unavailable for Mac systems. PDFforLawyers.com's Ernest Svenson makes a case for his preferred Mac-based Acrobat alternative.
Following the addition of sandbox technology to Adobe's flagship product, people (including we at Planet PDF) have been keen to nail down the practical implications of the move. Sure, it makes PDF viewing safer, but how will it affect my elegant PDF document workflow? In this article, Dan Shea takes a look at some of the finer points of "Protected View", Acrobat's new bodyguard.
If a PDF document has Reader Extensions enabled, then certain features that are normally only available in Adobe Acrobat are also available in the free Adobe PDF Reader. These features include saving (form) data locally and applying digital signatures. Frank Rem takes a look "under the hood" to gain a better understanding of how Reader Extensions works.
Report cards are in after VIGC recently tested PDF viewers for
compatibility with PDF/X (PDF-based standards for printing). Sadly, the most
common grade was "F". Dan Shea sings a few bars in praise of the humble Adobe
Reader, and explains why you might want to save a little extra hard drive space
to use it over its "leaner" competitors.
Hot off the production line, Acrobat X has just been released with a handful of new features and a slick new look. Planet PDF's Rowan Hanna takes a closer look at the changes and speculates about whether Adobe has gone far enough with its redesign.
There are various possible reasons for choosing not to go paperless. Nevertheless, technical and financial difficulties with making the switch are not among them, argues PDFforLawyers.com's Ernest Svenson. He goes on to outline some simple, inexpensive steps that can be taken to facilitate the change.
One thing that makes the PDF format suited to storing and exchanging digital documents is that PDF documents can be secured against unauthorized access. Applying document security can sometimes be more of a hindrance than a help, however. PDFforLawyers.com's Ernest Svenson explains.
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.
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.
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