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Archive: Doc-Management & Workflow

PDF Workflow: Doing It Your Way

Bernd Zipper

Bernd Zipper compares the pros and cons of purchasing a single-vendor, closed workflow system or opting to build an open one using standard, off-the-shelf products. The tools are there for a "Do-It-Yourself" solution, which lowers the point of entry considerably. Zipper cautions, however, that the home-grown approach "places a high premium on the know-how and commitment of the individual employees, who must learn to deal with each tool without losing sight of the overall workflow."

Creative & Print   March 05, 2003

PDF Master: Max Wyss talks with Planet PDF

Karl De Abrew

Today Karl talks with Max Wyss of Prodok Engineering, based near Zurich, Switzerland. Highly regarded for his expertise in PDF-based forms -- and especially known for some of his legendary, interactive forms that integrate JavaScript for added functionality -- Wyss also is a consultant on the "Smart PDF Workflow" concept and a popular speaker at industry conferences and events.

Developer   March 03, 2003

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

Under the Hood of PDF/X-1

Scott Tully

Scott Tully, among the pioneers crusading for a special, PDF-based digital data standard for publishing workflows, shares a look under the hood of PDF/X-1. He explains how to create PDF/X-1 files that will serve their unique role and purpose -- to facilitate the "blind exchange" of graphically rich content ready for imaging.

Creative & Print   March 21, 2002

ABC's of Adobe ADBC

Kas Thomas

In a first-person opinion piece, Kas Thomas asks, then answers, the question: 'Is Adobe Acrobat Database Connectivity (ADBC) ready for production use?' Post your thoughts in the Planet PDF Forum.

Developer   March 10, 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

Intro to Acrobat 5 Batch Processing

Dr. D. P. Story

If you're an Acrobat 5 owner who has not yet discovered -- or at least explored -- the product's greatly enhanced batch processing capabilities, you're not getting your money's worth from the program. To show you just a taste of what you've been missing, Prof. D. P. Story offers an introduction to 'Batch' -- Acrobat 5 batch processing and scripting. He also offers tips on how to expand what you can do by easily creating your own custom sequences.

Developer   October 20, 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

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