Articles by Duff Johnson
Planet PDF Contributing Editor - Business

Duff Johnson, CEO, Document Solutions, Inc.

Pioneering the deployment of PDF within the enterprise, Duff Johnson founded Document Solutions, Inc. (DSI) in 1996 to leverage the power of the then-emerging PDF format for electronic publishing and business communications applications. From MultiResolution processing to innovative content interfaces, Document Solutions, Inc. has developed scores of PDF technology solutions for publishing, manufacturing, service and government clients worldwide. A visionary promoter of the PDF format at seminars and trade-shows, Johnson now lends his expertise to Planet PDF to advance understanding of the place, power and potential of electronic documents and the increasingly important role for PDF in the modern enterprise.

Feature Articles for Planet PDF

Introducing the Learning Centers at Planet PDF
Duff reviews the goals of Planet PDF's new Learning Centers.

Introduction to PDF and Acrobat - part of Planet PDF's Learning Center series
The first Planet PDF Learning Center, this collection of articles is designed to address the most basic questions about the PDF format and it's uses and Adobe's Acrobat and Reader software.

PDF can comply with Section 508. Now it's your move.
An interpretation of Section 508 requirements as applied to the PDF format.

"PDF Online 101" Crash Course
A primer explaining how attentive PDF authors can easily make happy PDF users.

A strategic review of PDF accessibility
A survey of the accessibility landscape for PDF files, Duff argues for electronic content that's accessible from the bottom up. Associated with this feature is another piece: Strategies for PDF Accessibility. To round out the topic, Duff also provides an interview with Bryan Guignard to discuss accessible PDF forms.

Challenges in Section 508 Compliance for PDF files (PDF)
A presentation given by Duff Johnson at the AIIM 2002 trade show and conference.

Capturing Legacy Content: A Primer for Action
Just because your older content isn't digital doesn't mean it's worthless. (Reprinted from Electronic Publishing magazine)

Paper to PDF (PDF)
Adobe's PDF is the only cost-effective solution for seamless integration of paper and electronic document sources. This presentation was offered at Seybold Seminars PDF Day in 2000.

The Real World Document Makeovers Series

PDF Continuing Education Series: Real World Document Makeovers #1
Duff reviews a 20 MB PDF - and squeezes it down to less than 1 MB!

PDF Continuing Education Series: Real World Document Makeovers #2
Sometimes, PDF files make it into the news. Duff examines one such example here - and finds a lot of room for improvement.

Real World Document Makeovers: Glossary
Terminology used in the PDF Continuing Education series.

Software Reviews

Acrobat 5.0: Focus on the Document (2001)
In this review of Adobe Acrobat 5.0 Duff Johnson focuses on the new features of Acrobat 5.0 most significant to "document-heavy" organizations. Among their conclusions: "The new [PDF] 1.4 specification begins the long, slow transition to the complete XML-enabling of PDF."

Adobe Acrobat Capture 3.00 (2000)
Duff shares some of his initial perceptions based on first-hand experience with Adobe Acrobat Capture 3.0x - some great new features, but also has some rough spots.

ScanSoft TextBridge 9.0 (1999)
Adobe's Acrobat Capture didn't face much serious competition as a tool for converting paper to PDF until 1999. That year, Duff tested ScanSoft's TextBridge Pro 9.0 for Planet PDF.

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Five visions of a PDF Day

In the world of PDFs or as we like to say Planet (of) PDF, a year isn't a real PDF year without an intense few days of industry knowledge sharing.

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Adding a PDF Stamp Comment

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.