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Archive: Collaboration & Exchange

Generating Reports with JavaScript

Dave Wraight

Another underused tool in the Javascript toolkit is the Report Object. The object provides a mechanism to create detailed reports on almost anything that comes to mind. For example we could generate a report on the annotations in a document, detailing their type, content, destination (if any), author, date of creation etc. We could also generate a report across a whole series of PDF files using the Batch Processing function.

Developer   May 17, 2004

FlashPaper vs PDF

Dave Wraight

With Macromedia's acquisition of RoboHelp -- and its PDF creation engine, RoboPDF -- now behind us, Contributing Editor Dave Wraight takes a look at how Macromedia's first FlashPaper offering stacks up against PDF.

Enterprise & Government   April 02, 2004

Introducing SOAP

Dave Wraight

SOAP or Simple Object Access Protocol has become a standard mechanism in the world of Web Services. In this piece, Dave Wraight takes a closer look at the use of SOAP with Acrobat.

Developer   March 18, 2004

Ted Padova discusses new Acrobat 6 book, PDF usage

Kurt Foss

Prolific author Ted Padova talks about his latest educational resource for Acrobat 6 users, as well as his own PDF use in a book production workflow and for commercial printing.

Creative & Print   March 01, 2004

Web Hosting PDFs

Karl De Abrew

Planet PDF's Karl De Abrew and Dan Shea explore the concept of PDF Forms as the User Interface for real-world applications on the Web. This article includes a walk-through of a system incorporating the infamous FDFGateway script.

Developer   October 15, 2003

Using Acrobat Standard 6.0 in a Document Review Cycle

As part of our current collaborative promotion with Peachpit Press and Adobe press of the recently released "Adobe Acrobat 6.0 Standard Classroom in a Book," we're publishing a six-part sample lesson on how to use Acrobat and PDF for document review. Included for download are several files referenced in the exercises.

Enterprise & Government   September 08, 2003

Adobe's Bob Wulff knows Acrobat and PDF -- inside and out

Kurt Foss

Adobe Acrobat and PDF officially turned 10 years of age this past Sunday, June 15 -- Father's Day, quite appropriately. Former Adobe CEO and co-founder John Warnock is widely and rightly credited as being the 'father of Acrobat and PDF.' In the years since the technology was publicly launched in mid-1993, the software and format have had a number of other mentors and guiding spirits who have continued to nurture and build on the original concept. One of those is Bob Wulff, who was lured by Warnock in a hallway encounter in 1990 to lend some technical assistance to the fledgling project 'for a couple weeks.' More than a dozen years later, Wulff has become not only one of the firm believers, but also one of the main keepers of the faith. We talked with him early this week to discuss the recent technological milestone and his role in it.

Enterprise & Government   June 19, 2003

Adobe's Jim King talks about first Acrobat and PDF decade

Kurt Foss

This Thursday morning at the Seybold PDF Summit in Amsterdam, Adobe's James C. King will deliver a keynote that reflects on the "twists and turns that Acrobat and PDF have taken" during the past decade. We caught up with King shortly before he caught a flight to Europe to talk about his upcoming talk, about some of his past presentations on related themes -- including a still-relevant 1998 primer on 'what's inside a PDF' -- and about his work as A Principal Scientist for Adobe Systems. Planet PDF is a co-sponsor of the Seybold PDF Summit.

Enterprise & Government   June 10, 2003

A first look at Adobe Reader 6

Dan Shea

With the news of Adobe Reader 6.0 still hot off the presses, Planet PDF takes a first look at the new application. Along with providing some first impressions, we'll also offer some insights into the changes and updates that current users can expect.

Enterprise & Government   May 27, 2003

Dov Isaacs: Adobe's Troubleshooting Wiz & Disciple of Discipline

Kurt Foss

Earlier this month we had the chance to catch up with Dov Isaacs of Adobe Systems to talk about his 'day job' as "Principal Scientist, Workflow and Interoperability," as well as about his highly commendable efforts online as a tireless troubleshooter for end-user problems and issues related to the company's software products.

Enterprise & Government   April 28, 2003

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Adding a PDF Stamp Comment

OK, so you want to stamp your document. Maybe you need to give reviewers some advice about the document's status or sensitivity. This tip from author Ted Padova demonstrates how to add stamps with the Stamp Tool along with related comments.