Archive: Collaboration & Exchange
In general, a WebDAV server has modest hardware requirements. A Pentium
or PowerPC-based system with at least 128 MB RAM and 4GB disk space is
sufficient for the Acrobat workflow we tested. WebDAV can be installed
on most modern server operating systems, including Windows NT Server,
Windows 2000 Professional, OS X and Linux. An optimum configuration was
achieved, in our opinion, was achieved by using Red Hat Linux, Apache
and the WebDAV Extension.
we can share PDF files on the Web, we must first find a way to get them
there. Despite promises in numerous marketing brochures, putting data
online is not often an easy matter. Absent any support from CGI scripts,
the online data must usually be uploaded to the Web server using an FTP
application; the normal browser will not suffice.
Bruce Chizen, President and CEO of Adobe Systems, recently discussed with Planet PDF a range of related, Acrobat-centric topics. In the interview, he talks about the growing importance of Acrobat within the company's product line, the launch of Acrobat 5.0, his own Acrobat-dependent legacy, Adobe's new "Network Publishing" vision, its approach to ebooks, an upcoming release of a PDF Forms Fill-in product and the future release of a single, dual-purpose Reader.
In his article "Automating Workflows," David Zwang explores the what, how and why of process automation, including a look at some basic automation tools and offering insights on ways to facilitate new workflows.
Shlomo Perets inspects Adobe Acrobat's capabilities specific to on-screen reading, offers explanations and illustrations of several commonly cited shortcomings and poses questions about possible improvements in future versions.
C. Scott Miller
C. Scott Miller shares his thoughts and experiences on an expanding demand for cross-media documentation that is driving new interest in PDF, part of his recent PDF Day presentation. It includes an overview of a fundraising project, combining multimedia with PDF documentation on a CD-ROM, that his company helped produce for Wells Fargo Bank.
Bryan Guignard isn't yet talking to his PDF files, but he's spent a good deal of time listening to them lately. He's impressed with the Text-to-Speech technology, as he explains in his article, and sees opportunities beyond just an accessibility solution.
Carl Young's PDF 101 articles -- intended as an introduction to using Acrobat/PDF -- explore the basics of adding fields to make your PDF Forms interactive.
As you consider how to maintain the integrity of data for future use, the best format is a structured format and there is no better format than XML, Gordon Kent writes in his latest article. Alternatively, you may have requirements to maintain the branding image or look and feel of your documents; here PDF is an excellent choice. How can you get the maximum value from what both XML and PDF offer?
Karl De Abrew
With the recent signing of a new digital signatures law by U.S. President Bill Clinton, we're re-posting a "Pulp Free" column first written by Planet PDF's Karl De Abrew for Adobe.com -- a look at using using digital signatures in PDF documents.