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Archive: Pre-Press & Print

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

Best Practices #1: Reducing the size of your PDFs

Shlomo Perets

There's a persistent myth that PDF files by their very nature are large in size; the fact is that in the majority of cases where file size is a legitimate issue, the result is due to poor authoring techniques, a lack of sufficient user knowledge about pitfalls and/or about what steps can be taken. Shlomo offers some valuable pointers.

Enterprise & Government   August 07, 2001

Adobe CEO Chizen hopes to build Acrobat PDF legacy

Kurt Foss

Bruce Chizen, President and CEO of Adobe Systems, recently discussed with Planet PDF a range of related, Acrobat-centric topics. In the interview, he talks about the growing importance of Acrobat within the company's product line, the launch of Acrobat 5.0, his own Acrobat-dependent legacy, Adobe's new "Network Publishing" vision, its approach to ebooks, an upcoming release of a PDF Forms Fill-in product and the future release of a single, dual-purpose Reader.

Enterprise & Government   June 04, 2001

Automating Workflows - Improve Cycle Time & Increase Profitability

David Zwang

In his article "Automating Workflows," David Zwang explores the what, how and why of process automation, including a look at some basic automation tools and offering insights on ways to facilitate new workflows.

Creative & Print   March 05, 2001

PDF Tool Talk with Stephan Jaeggi

Bernd Zipper of Germany chats with Stephan Jaeggi of Switzerland about his long experience working with PDF in Prepress, and in particular about the "opportunities and dangers" Jaeggi sees for those who attempt to build a home-grown PDF workflow. His advice: "You don't have to switch to a PDF workflow all at once ... take it step by step. Run the PDF workflow in parallel with your existing PostScript workflow."

  March 05, 2001

'PDF for Graphic Arts: Who Benefits?'

Bob Greene

The Answer? Bob Greene of Lantana Software has it, and is sharing it in an article that highlights a number of the advantages and benefits, as he sees it, of Acrobat/PDF for people working in various publishing- and/or printing-oriented endeavors.

Creative & Print   January 11, 2001

Adobe Acrobat's Display "Qualities"

Shlomo Perets

Shlomo Perets inspects Adobe Acrobat's capabilities specific to on-screen reading, offers explanations and illustrations of several commonly cited shortcomings and poses questions about possible improvements in future versions.

Creative & Print   December 06, 2000

JavaScript - Instant Printing From a PopUpMenu

Dave Wraight

The following JavaScript code can be added to a button, bookmark or even link. When the user activates the button / bookmark / link a popup menu will be displayed on screen listing the page numbers (in page blocks of 20).

Developer   April 15, 2000

Free PDF Workflow Brochures

All four of Stephan Jaeggi's popular PDF Workflow whitepapers are available as free downloads on Planet PDF. Topics include: An introduction to PDF technology; Economic and organizational aspects of PDF; The creation of PDF documents; and, Processing and outputting PDF files.

Creative & Print   March 23, 2000

PDF - Remembering the first time

Kurt Foss

It's hard to forget the first time. For each of us the experience was unique and one most of us cherish. Planet PDF's Editor, Kurt Foss, reminisces on his first time with PDF and how it all began with Acrobat v. 1.0. Kurt shares his thoughts and knowledge on the world of PDF technology.

Enterprise & Government   November 04, 1999

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