Sneak Peek at Total Makeover of Planet PDF
Official release of leading independent Acrobat and PDF Web site coming soon

1 July 2004

By Kurt Foss, Planet PDF Editor

During the past year we solicited and compiled feedback from community members, using the helpful responses to plan the first total makeover of our PlanetPDF.com Web site. We are pleased to announce the forthcoming re-launch of the leading independent Web site focusing exclusively on Adobe Acrobat and PDF-related technologies.

In advance of the official release, we invite site visitors and newsletter readers to preview -- and to provide additional feedback on -- the new look and content reorganization at this temporary URL:

beta.planetpdf.com

What you'll notice immediately is that the new Planet PDF looks completely different. The changes aren't just cosmetic -- the new content management system (CMS) we're using has enabled us to overhaul the site's structure, workflow and functionality.

PP2.0 Preview

Please Report Any Preview Period Glitches

Currently we're still doing some final, minor tweaking of certain aspects of the new site, so it's possible you may discover a few glitches during this pre-launch preview period. If so, please let us know about any quirks, bugs, error messages you might experience by sending an email message to:

betafeedback@planetpdf.com

... and let us know the specific type of error, the page/URL on which you received it and any other relevant details that will help us troubleshoot the problem.

The new site's improved readability and layout, upgraded content categorization and archiving, and new content areas will combine to solidify its stature as *the* home of the global PDF community.

Structure Overview

Some of the new or enhanced organizational features include:

  • Content Sections
    There are three new sections to the site:
    • Enterprise & Government
    • Creative & Print
    • Developer
    ... which allow particular users to quickly access just the content that interests their area of use.

  • Articles
    There are four main article types:
    • News
    • Tips
    • In-Depth articles
    • Learning Centers

  • Contributor Pages

    Find out more about our staff and contributing writers, and more easily find additional articles written by them.

  • Archives

    The upgraded archives allow you to separately view tips, news or in-depth articles included in a particular category. For example, you'll be able to view only those news items related to the 'Standards & Accessibility' category.

Karl De Abrew, Planet PDF CEO, says the site makeover offers a variety of enhancements for different constituencies. "We think the new Planet PDF will better serve our global community by making it easier to locate editorial content organized according to specific uses or user groups, by better integrating our Planet PDF Forum discussion conferences and our PDF Store for electronic software purchase and immediate fulfillment, and likewise offering better opportunities for our valued sponsors to communicate with users interested in optimizing their varied uses of Acrobat/PDF-based technologies."


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