Adobe, Acrobat & PDF together again at MacWorld 2003
Annual Apple pilgrimage to San Francisco underway

6 January 2003

By Kurt Foss, Planet PDF Editor

MacWorld 2003

Adobe Systems will be among the more than 300 vendors exhibiting at the 2003 edition of the annual MacWorld Conference in San Francisco this week. The shortcomings of the Macintosh version of Acrobat 5.0 notwithstanding (as compared to the Windows version at the same price), there appears to be considerable interest in PDF at the event, which officially opens tomorrow.

Apple's OS X operating system, which includes the ability to create and view PDF files without the use of the commercial Acrobat product, is expected to be the featured attraction at the yearly west coast confab of Macintosh devotees. Several sessions in the program are aimed squarely at helping people understand and make more effective use of PDF, such as:

  • PDF Sages' Leonard Rosenthol's "Under the Hood of Mac OS X and PDF" session takes a look at "how Quartz addresses (or doesn't address) the many areas of PDF documents - from the web, to forms to pre-press."

  • Hal Hinderliter's "Successful PDFs from QuarkXPress" session covers "how to produce Portable Document Format (PDF) files from your QuarkXPress documents, including techniques for creating hyperlinks and bookmarks (both Web-style and print-ready PDFs will be covered)."

  • Sandee Cohen's "Secrets of Desktop Publishing: From OS 9 to OS X" session includes information on how to "trouble-shoot and pre-flight files for error-free printing within the 'Adobe Family' of products" and how to "use PDF formats as translation devices."

Hinderliter is also presenting -- the session is sold out -- titled "Acrobat in the Trenches: Combat Training for PDF Production," offers a "a two-stage approach to improving your PDF skills."

Things attendees won't see under version 5: Acrobat Distiller does not yet run under native OS X, PDF files currently can't be displayed inside a Web browser under OS X, and the Mac version of PDFMaker utility for seamlessly converting MS Office files to PDF pales in comparison to its Windows counterpart ... to name just a few Acrobat 5 features missing-in-action on the Mac. Adobe also announced a new 'digital shoebox' product today called Photoshop Album, which uses PDF as its core format for file exchange, but it's apparently being released only for Windows.


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