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Archive: Editing & Publishing

A Lesson in Templates for Adobe Acrobat

Dave Wraight

Acrobat 5 and 6 changed everything for templates, making it possible to take full control of them, to create truly dynamic PDF documents. So what exactly is a Template? We explore in this in-depth article.

Developer   February 04, 2004

Under the Desktop: JDF and Other Musings

David Morgenstern

At September's Seybold expo in San Francisco, David Morgenstern looked at several technologies, including digital job ticketing. These tickets and now even content management are being added to file transfer services aimed at creative pros.

Creative & Print   November 19, 2003

PDF Continuing Education: Real World Document Makeovers

Duff Johnson

In collaboration with Duff Johnson of Document Solutions, we're launching a new series that will analyze and improve a selection of PDF files we routinely encounter, along with his non-judgmental comments on why and how the file was improved.

Enterprise & Government   November 06, 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

Jakob Nielsen's PDF Phobia is seemingly incurable

Kurt Foss

The noted usability guru strays outside his area of expertise once again in a new "Alertbox" column denigrating any uses of PDF other than printing. We can't help but wonder -- due to the silliness of some of his comments and suggestions -- whether he's being serious. We're afraid he is. Nonetheless, to show our respect, we've christened a special Google Advanced Search setting in his honor.

Enterprise & Government   July 28, 2003

PDF: Fit for Human Consumption if designed properly

Kurt Foss

Jakob Nielsen hit a nerve with some PDF enthusiasts when he recently wrote in his monthly usability column that, in terms of suitability for use on the Web, the format is allegedly "unfit for human consumption." We're publishing a rebuttal that another satisfied user recently sent to Nielsen -- and also shared with us. In addition, Steve Borsch provides several samples of PDFs designed to be read and navigated online.

Enterprise & Government   July 27, 2003

Adobe's Robert McDaniels responds (again) to Nielsen criticisms of PDF

Kurt Foss

As he did two years when Jakob Nielsen published his first Alertbox column alleging that PDFs were unsuitable for Web use, Adobe Robert McDaniels offers a thoughtful rebuttal to last week's Alertbox column in which Nielsen opines that PDFs are supposedly "unfit for human consumption."

Enterprise & Government   July 21, 2003

PDF author creates spoof of Nielsen's misguided 'Alertbox'

Douglas J. Alford

After reading the sometimes laughable criticisms of PDF made in a recent "Alertbox" column by noted usability guru Jakob Nielsen, Doug Alford of Techneglas came up with a humorous spoof. We're delighted to share his "CARS: Unfit for Human Transportation" take-off on Nielsen's ill-informed "PDF: Unfit for Human Consumption" column.

Enterprise & Government   July 17, 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

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