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EDITORIAL: Should malformed PDF files be automatically repaired?

Rowan Hanna

PDF files come in all shapes and sizes. They vary from relatively simple to mind-numbingly complex. PDFs can also differ in their degree of conformance to the PDF specification -- the bad ones are often called malformed PDFs. In this article, Rowan Hanna discusses the pros and cons of Adobe Acrobat automatically repairing these malformed PDF files.

Developer   March 21, 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

Section 508 and PDF: The facts

Duff Johnson

OK, so you need to ensure that your PDF documents are accessible and compliant with Section 508. How do you go about it? In this article, Appligent Document Solutions CEO Duff Johnson outlines 10 key facts relating to making compliant PDFs.

Enterprise & Government   July 07, 2010

Is PDF an open standard?

Duff Johnson

On May 13, the founders of Adobe Systems stepped up to the microphone to deliver a response to Steve Jobs' open letter about Flash. They say Adobe has acted on open standards while Apple offers mere words. In this article, Appligent Document Solutions CEO Duff Johnson provides some background that places their claims in context.

Enterprise & Government   June 10, 2010

No, PDF is NOT owned by Adobe!

Duff Johnson

It is commonly believed that PDF is a proprietary format and that is owned by Adobe. Neither of these claims is now true -- we all own PDF, explains Appligent Document Solutions CEO Duff Johnson.

Enterprise & Government   May 20, 2010

The Tablet: What it means for publishing

Duff Johnson

The recent launch of the iPad, Apple's tablet device, has set the Net buzzing. The release has Appligent Document Solutions CEO Duff Johnson thinking about the future of personal computing and what he calls "the tablet economy" -- a computing ecosystem centered around tablet-based devices. Duff outlines his predictions and offers some guidance for content publishers in this feature article.

Enterprise & Government   January 27, 2010

Adobe buys Omniture: The story beneath the story and what it means for users

Nettie Hartsock

This month we had the opportunity to catch up to Thad McIlroy, editor and founder of "The Future of Publishing", a highly regarded website that monitors news on the digital publishing front and where digital publishing is heading. Thad recently released an in-depth report titled, "Adobe's Designs on Web Analytics: The Omniture Acquisition" which is available at The Future Of Publishing site.

Enterprise & Government   November 19, 2009

PDF content tracking: Could it save the publishing industry?

Don Fluckinger

Despite tough economic times, Adobe Systems plans to spend almost $2 billion USD buying Omniture, a web-metrics tracking company. In this feature, Don Fluckinger argues that Adobe's history of canny acquisitions and the potential upside of PDF content tracking mean that the move could take commercial PDF publishing to the next level.

Enterprise & Government   October 22, 2009

How Reader Extensions should be sold

Duff Johnson

Reader Extensions allows the free Adobe Reader to perform functions otherwise only available in Adobe's Acrobat desktop software. Unfortunately, the current pricing model has been a barrier to the adoption of Reader Extensions by small-to-medium organizations. In this article, Duff Johnson suggests ways that Adobe could better position this useful functionality to get more "bang for its buck."

Enterprise & Government   July 09, 2009

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

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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.