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Archive: Collaboration & Exchange

New Acrobat Evangelist is a Natural -- and Naturalist

Kurt Foss

Jonathan Knowles is two months into his new role as the worldwide evangelist for Adobe Systems, a position for which he seems a natural. When he's not figuratively wearing his Acrobat hat -- and literally, his non-traditional Adobe shirt -- he may be found in his volunteer role as a state park naturalist.

Enterprise & Government   June 06, 2002

PDF Best Practices #5: Acrobat Find & Search

Shlomo Perets

In the latest in his ongoing series of columns on "PDF Best Practices," Shlomo Perets of Microtype examines the Find and Search capabilities of Adobe Acrobat, noting important factors in how well -- even if -- they will work, depending on various factors.

Enterprise & Government   April 22, 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

A look at CD based publishing

C. Scott Miller

Noted Acrobat PDF authority and consultant C. Scott Miller, author of the well-known PDF Research Companion Web site, takes the "Learning Acrobat 5" CD-ROM-based instructional tool from Lynda.com for a spin.

Creative & Print   December 19, 2001

Best Practices #1: Reducing the size of your PDFs

Shlomo Perets

There's a persistent myth that PDF files by their very nature are large in size; the fact is that in the majority of cases where file size is a legitimate issue, the result is due to poor authoring techniques, a lack of sufficient user knowledge about pitfalls and/or about what steps can be taken. Shlomo offers some valuable pointers.

Enterprise & Government   August 07, 2001

PDF Collaboration: WebDAV In Action

Bernd Zipper

With the corporate enterprise as a key market Adobe had in mind during the development of Acrobat 5.0, considerable effort went into expanding the product's capabilities for online workgroup collaborations. Last month The Seybold Report took a close look at the pros and cons, testing the setup and use of WebDAV (Web Document Authoring and Versioning) and PDF. We're re-publishing their detailed review with permission; the article is also available as a seven-page PDF.

Developer   July 03, 2001

PDF Collaboration: WebDAV In Action - Microsoft's Impact

Bernd Zipper

Although we did not test any Microsoft applications, they will have a significant impact on the use of online PDFs, especially in the corporate enterprise. Since the majority of Acrobat users are not involved in traditional graphic arts but are part of law firms, insurance agencies, government bodies and so on, we can expect Microsoft's and Adobe's Web and collaboration tools to develop a decidedly "corporate" aspect.

Developer   July 03, 2001

PDF Collaboration: WebDAV In Action - Signatures & Forms

Bernd Zipper

When Acrobat 5 was released, online digital signatures were presented as an integral part of a collaborative PDF workflow. We assumed, erroneously, that these would be handled in the same manner as online comments -- via shared folders or WebDAV. Instead, we learned that online signatures had to be implemented in a more cumbersome way, which unfortunately we were unable to test.

Developer   July 03, 2001

PDF Collaboration: WebDAV In Action - Installation and Setup of WebDAV

Bernd Zipper

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.

Developer   July 03, 2001

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