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Archive: Collaboration & Exchange

Editorial: Microsoft's open Office plan...

Dan Shea

After the announcement of native PDF support in the next version of Office, Microsoft breaks another long-held taboo: it has moved to publish the specifications for its proprietary Office formats and applied to have them made into international standards. What is going on? Dan Shea explores the issue in his latest editorial.

Enterprise & Government   November 30, 2005

Editorial: When the dust settles, what can we expect from Flashy acquisition?

Dan Shea

Since the news of the Adobe-Macromedia merger, industry analysts, bloggers and other commentators have all put in their two cents. Since opinions vary wildly from source-to-source, that has included everything from dire predictions for users to untrammeled positivity and many shades between. Dan Shea explains his take in his latest editorial.

Enterprise & Government   November 16, 2005

PDF is 4 foot 8½ inches

Tom Carson

PDF has been variously called many things, but "4 foot 8½ inches" seems to be a new one. What is the relationship between PDF and this apparently arbitrary imperial measurement? Tom Carson explains in his latest article for Planet PDF.

Creative & Print   November 08, 2005

Getting color right for print in PDF files, Part 1: Enfocus PitStop Professional

Pat Gilmour

Want to know how to get the color right in your PDF files? It is now easier than ever to produce reliable print-ready PDFs, however many creative professionals still make mistakes when outputting PDF files for print. This article from XChange Training's Pat Gilmour aims to help print professionals deal with colour issues in PDFs that have been incorrectly created by DTP operators.

Creative & Print   October 19, 2005

Editorial: Microsoft comes to the PDF party

Dan Shea

For a long time, it has appeared as though Microsoft wasn't a big fan of PDF. In recent times, the Redmond giant has released various technologies that have been tagged as "PDF killers." That may now be set to change, as the next version of Office is to have native PDF support. Dan Shea explores this topic in his latest editorial.

Enterprise & Government   October 04, 2005

PDF Conference 2005's presentations posted

Dan Shea

PDF Conference is winding down, but even if you have missed out, Planet PDF has posted speaker presentation files from the show for your browsing pleasure. For those that attended the relevant sessions, the posted files might help you better understand their content; for those that could not make it, the files will give you an idea of what you missed.

Enterprise & Government   September 27, 2005

PDF Conference preview and must-see sessions

Dan Shea

With mere days to go until the Crystal City Hilton opens its doors for the 2005 PDF Conference, PDF luminaries and neophytes alike are preparing to make their way to the US capital for a dose of PDF education. In this piece, Dan Shea previews key sessions from the show's program.

Enterprise & Government   September 21, 2005

PDF security: Redaction and 3rd-party tools

Dan Shea

The fifth and final part in a series on PDF security, this installment covers censorship (AKA redaction) of PDF content and profiles several 3rd-party PDF tools relevant to PDF security. This article covers the concept and process of redaction, while also addressing the capabilities and uses of several third-party applications.

Enterprise & Government   September 14, 2005

PDF security: Digital signatures

Dan Shea

Part three in a series on PDF security, this article covers the key issue of digital signatures. "What are they?" "How are they used?" "When should they be used?" This article tackles these questions and more in order to further de-mystify PDF security.

Enterprise & Government   August 31, 2005

Introduction to PDF security

Dan Shea

The application of security on documents has always been a delicate balancing act between ease-of-use and adequate protection for the document's contents. Too little, and you risk the exposure of sensitive information; too much, and you can impede the authorized use of the document. Dan Shea's latest article attempts to take some of the pain out of devising document security strategies.

Enterprise & Government   August 17, 2005

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