Give us your tired, your poor, your most problematic PDFs!
Adobe Systems seeking bad, challenging files for testing purposes

18 October 2002

By Kurt Foss, Planet PDF Editor

Still got a copy of that memorable 'PDF from Hell?' The one that wouldn't print, didn't behave as expected, or that defiantly defied the advice and support of experts (and common sense, too)?

If so, Adobe would like to hear about it -- well, more than that, they'd like to obtain a copy of any particularly nightmarish PDF you might have kept despite what else you'd preferred to have been able to do with it.

On behalf and for Adobe Systems, Planet PDF is collecting a sampling of the most problematic PDFs -- slow to load, problems between versions, or any other explainable challenges. Such "tough candidate" PDFs are valuable for testing as Adobe works on the next version of Acrobat. [NOTE: Please don't ask when it will ship, etc -- no such details will be announced at this time.]

Everyone who submits a file -- along with sufficient details about the problems encountered -- will be entered in a random drawing to win one of three prizes. Randomly selected winners can choose among the following: a 1 yr. complimentary ASN developer membership (value: $195 US) OR an Acrobat 5 ACE exam (value: $150 US) OR a copy of Acrobat 5.0 (value: $249 US).

HOW TO ENTER: Please email any appropriate PDFs -- for troubleshooting purposes, they should NOT have any security turned on -- along with your description of the problem. You must be the owner or creator of the file or have the proper, expressed consent from the authoring organization to submit it for consideration. Please do NOT send any files containing proprietary information.


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