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EDITORIAL: How 'open' is PDF?

Dan Shea

Adobe may not have directly threatened a lawsuit over Microsoft's inclusion of PDF creation functionality with the pending version of Office, but it is clearly unhappy with the feature. Given the 'openness' of the PDF format, what does this really mean? Dan Shea discusses the issue.

Enterprise & Government   November 29, 2006

Overpriced Acrobat upgrade

Thad McIlroy

Thad McIlroy talks about the pricing for Adobe's latest version of Acrobat and discusses whether this expense is justified for existing customers. McIlroy also assesses Adobe's "Top 10" reasons for making the switch.

Creative & Print   November 21, 2006

Acrobat still suffering from schizophrenia

Thad McIlroy

Thad McIlroy examines Acrobat's enduring case of "schizophrenia" -- it's appeal to the disparate users in the creative professional and knowledge worker spaces -- and evaluates the release of the expanded Adobe Acrobat 8 product family.

Creative & Print   November 21, 2006

OPINION: Clash of the Titans

Karl De Abrew

BinaryThing CEO Karl De Abrew (now Debenu CEO) explores the pending conflict between software giants Adobe and Microsoft. Reports are coming in all across the globe that Adobe isn't content to let Microsoft shoot forth with a basic Save As PDF for Office 12. The WSJ is reporting that talks between the two software companies have reached an impasse during the past week as are The Street, Slashdot and many, many others.

Enterprise & Government   June 03, 2006

Unauthorized access to secure PDF content: Everywhere you look?

Dan Shea

Is PDF living up to Adobe's one-time claim of being "Everywhere you look"? At first glance, it looks as though that statement may be truer than was originally intended, thanks to the 500-pound gorilla of Internet search. The most public "private" beta this writer has ever encountered -- Google's "Gmail" email service -- offers a "View as HTML" function that may circumvent usage restrictions on some PDF documents.

Enterprise & Government   April 20, 2006

Review: Adobe Acrobat 3D

Filipe Pereira Martins and Anna Kobylinska

With Acrobat 3D, its newest addition to the Acrobat family, Adobe pushed the envelope of PDF capabilities. Adobe Acrobat 3D expands next-generation PDF workflow into the 3D worlds of Manufacturing and AEC (architecture, engineering and construction). This review by Filipe Pereira Martins and Anna Kobylinska of Soft1T Consulting provides an in-depth look at the youngest Acrobat.

Creative & Print   April 06, 2006

PDF-FORUM gets the seal of approval

Dan Shea

In early February, the Miami Beach Convention Center played host to the inaugural PDF-FORUM for Print Production. Although I wasn't able to make it in person, intrepid Planet PDF CEO Karl De Abrew was our "Man on the ground" at the show, and last week gave our readers the lowdown on the show as a whole last week. In this exciting installment, he and I each review some intriguing sessions that you may have missed.

Creative & Print   February 14, 2006

Editorial: Adobe-Macromedia -- Untangling the web

Dan Shea

The acquisition of Macromedia by Adobe is now complete, and the combined company can now get down to the serious business of integrating its operations. What will be the face of this new, "Macrobe?" Dan Shea speculates in his latest editorial.

Enterprise & Government   December 07, 2005

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

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