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Archive: Collaboration & Exchange

EDITORIAL: Most PDF viewers can't handle PDF/X

Dan Shea

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.

Creative & Print   April 07, 2011

Acrobat X is out in the wild, but you might not recognize it

Rowan Hanna

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.

Enterprise & Government   November 23, 2010

How to (successfully) switch to a paperless practice

Ernest Svenson

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.

Enterprise & Government   May 13, 2010

The disadvantages of locked PDFs

Ernest Svenson

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.

Enterprise & Government   March 04, 2010

The limitations of Acrobat 9 Pro for document collaboration

John Mohan

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.

Enterprise & Government   May 14, 2009

PDF/A Update: Exclusive interview with Dr. Hans Bärfuss, CEO, PDF Tools AG

Nettie Hartsock

At Planet PDF, one of our goals is to always update our readers on all the latest and greatest affecting the PDF arena and its users. So we thought it might be good to get an exclusive interview about developments in the PDF/A standard for long-term archival with Dr. Hans Bärfuss, CEO, PDF Tools AG. Planet PDF's Nettie Hartsock reports.

Enterprise & Government   October 30, 2008

How Encryption Works

Michael Cartwright

When you set up password security for a PDF document you are first asked to select an encryption level for the PDF file. If you're a computer geek you may immediately understand what this means, but if you're not you may be puzzled. What does encryption mean and how does it affect your security choices?

Enterprise & Government   October 03, 2008

Acrobat 9: A child grows up

Thad McIlroy

Thad McIlroy evaluates the latest version of Acrobat, and he likes what he sees. In his opinion, the Acrobat 9 product family reflects a fully mature product, with the version 9 release marking its "emergence into adulthood". Read the full review for more.

Enterprise & Government   September 18, 2008

The content that endures: What to know about PDF/A

Duff Johnson

What is PDF/A? Why do we need it and how do we use it? Duff Johnson answers these questions and more in his in-depth look at PDF/A -- the standard for long-term document archival.

Enterprise & Government   July 17, 2008

Review: Adobe Acrobat 9 sets foot in Web 2.0 with web-based live collaboration

Filipe Pereira Martins and Anna Kobylinska

With the release of Acrobat 9, Adobe's focus is all about re-inventing collaboration to enhance efficiency and performance. Some features such as forms have been somewhat improved, others, such as preflight, have been considerably enhanced. Yet if there is one signature feature of this release, it is live collaboration with free web services on Acrobat.com. This review by Filipe Pereira Martins and Anna Kobylinska provides an in-depth look at the new version of Adobe's flagship PDF product.

Enterprise & Government   July 03, 2008

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