All about compression in Distiller
Filling PDF Forms
Viruses and anti-virus software
See what develops
In a Few Words
Distiller 4.0: slow and no assistant?
Extracting text from PDFs
Opening PDFs and the "file does not begin %PDF" message
Getting help from other users with using Acrobat
The importance of managing your PDFs and source documents


This is a fortnightly column authored by Aandi Inston. Winner of the best presenter award at PDF Day Seybold Seminars. He is a co-founder of Quite Software, creator of PSAlter (a PostScript interpreter), occasional author, and afficianado of PostScript, Acrobat, UNIX, Windows and all things softwearing. He is also an important and active contributor to online discussions relating to Acrobat, PDF and PostScript. Planet PDF thanks Aandi for his contributions and his knowledge of all things PDF.

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For people who don't spend their time looking at PDF files in text editors*, PDF security is a sometimes misunderstood beast.

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January 09, 2014
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