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Our news articles are archived in a series of categories for easy access. Select the category to the left to display only the articles related to that category.

Ubiquitous PDF: Castle illustrative magazine

Dan Shea

German web site puts out a free, monthly magazine that is jam-packed with illustrations from various "Illustrators, artists (and) other creative nerds." Further, the PDF publication is available online via download or email subscription.

Creative & Print   March 02, 2006

Equisys releases Zetadocs PDF 2.0

Dan Shea

London-based Equisys has launched an update to its network-capable PDF software. Like its predecessor, Zetadocs PDF 2.0 converts documents into PDF and sends them via email. Features new to version 2.0 include: support for a central archive, simplified integration with fax servers and network printers, support for Citrix/Terminal Services environments and an expanded list of supported languages.

Enterprise & Government   March 02, 2006

Ubiquitous PDF: Urban vinyl papercraft

Dan Shea

Papercraft models can represent anything from zoo animals to cars. One thing you may not have seen in the past is a blank papercraft model designed to help street artists perfect their craft. Well, until now, that is.

Creative & Print   February 27, 2006

PDF/Mergician 2.0 released

Dan Shea

PDF solutions provider TallApplications has announced the release of an update to its PDF/Mergician product. The software is designed to allow users to generate advanced mail merges via PDF forms.

Enterprise & Government   February 27, 2006

This week in PDF: Print, check and secure

Dan Shea

Since last time, established PDF prepress vendor Markzware has updated its flagship preflight tool, EldoS has released a .NET-based PDF document security package and AASoftech has launched a PDF creation utility for the conversion of wide HTML pages.

Enterprise & Government   February 27, 2006

This week in PDF: Interesting times

Dan Shea

Although the week has been relatively quiet for PDF news, luckily, there's always something going on. This week's column talks about PDF redaction, an application for 3D PDF creation and a little-known festival that can take place in the privacy of your own PC or mobile device.

Enterprise & Government   February 21, 2006

Ubiquitous PDF: Pin the ponytail on the party girl

Dan Shea

Are you getting stuck thinking of party games? Why not try Pin the Ponytail on the Party Girl? Jacci Howard Bear of has been kind enough to provide both the party girl and the ponytail -- as printable PDF templates, that is!

Enterprise & Government   February 17, 2006

Standards body releases free workflow test patches

Dan Shea

Standards body The Ghent PDF Workgroup (GWG) has announced the availability of the Ghent Output Suite, designed to help professionals determine whether PDF files are behaving as expected in graphic arts workflows. GWG is the international congress of graphic arts professionals established to create, test and disseminate best practices and specifications for publishing workflows.

Creative & Print   February 17, 2006

Ubiquitous PDF: The writing is on the wall

Dan Shea

A PDF-savvy poster known as "saul" has created large-format wall hangings from several classic, public-domain texts. Not only this, but he has provided step-by-step instructions on how users can create their own.

Enterprise & Government   February 15, 2006

National Cancer Institute treads Highwire for customized reporting

Dan Shea

Corda Technologies has announced that its web page to PDF conversion tool has been used by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to allow interested parties create customized versions of its biennial Cancer Trends Progress Report. Highwire can be used to quickly transform HTML Web pages into PDF documents. The product can also reformat documents during the conversion process, allowing for a more natural fit on the printed page.

Enterprise & Government   February 15, 2006

This week in PDF: Updates and executives

Dan Shea

This week in PDF, we see some new additions to the crowded PDF creation field, updates to Acrobat and Reader in the wake of Acrobat 3D's recent release and a personnel move by PDF security vendor Vitrium Systems.

Enterprise & Government   February 15, 2006

This week in PDF: Please release me!

Dan Shea

This week in PDF sees releases and updates galore, with SDKs, standalone applications and a developer library all represented. Big Faceless Organizations, security specialists and the extraction of vital information in this exciting installment.

Enterprise & Government   February 08, 2006

Ubiquitous PDF: Cup of Nations wallchart

Dan Shea

Courtesy of BBC Sport, the full schedule of all 32 games at the African Cup of Nations is currently available as a printable wallchart.

Enterprise & Government   February 07, 2006

Ubiquitous PDF: Scrub documents the NSA way!

Dan Shea

According to a post on Boing Boing, Steve Aftergood of the Federation of American Scientists (FAS) has posted the US National Security Agency's guide to sanitizing Word and PDF documents.

Enterprise & Government   February 01, 2006

Adobe Acrobat & PDF Conference 2006 announced

Dan Shea

AGI Training has announced that its Adobe Acrobat & PDF Conference will return to Disney's Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, Florida for 2006. The conference proper will be held from May 17-18, and a key topic of discussion will be the future direction of the PDF format after 2005's blockbuster merger between Adobe and Macromedia.

Enterprise & Government   February 01, 2006

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