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Ubiquitous PDF: The man behind the neutron bomb

Dan Shea

Boing Boing has just released a profile of Sam Cohen, the creator of the weapon descried by Cohen as "...the most moral weapon ever invented." The 10,000-word article, entitled "The Profits of Fear" was written by Charles Platt, and is available for download in a variety of formats including PDF.

Enterprise & Government   August 17, 2005

I.R.I.S. releases IRISPdf 4.0

Dan Shea

Image Recognition Integrated Systems (I.R.I.S.) has released an update to its Optical Character Recognition (OCR) production solution. IRISPdf 4.0 boasts new features such as high-speed OCR, multiple output formats, image compression, simplified network configuration and integration and support for Dualstream Images.

Enterprise & Government   August 17, 2005

Security Advisory: Acrobat and Adobe Reader plug-in buffer overflow

Dan Shea

Adobe today issued a security advisory relating to a vulnerability in Adobe Acrobat and Reader. Identified as a buffer overflow within a core plug-in that is part of both products, the vulnerability could be exploited to crash the application with an increased risk of malicious code execution.

Enterprise & Government   August 17, 2005

Final winners named for "Adobe Acrobat 7 PDF Bible" book

We've named the final eight winners selected by our expert panel in our now-closed contest promoting the "Adobe Acrobat 7 PDF Bible" book by Ted Padova, published by Wiley. You can still download a sample chapter from the book. Check out Planet PDF for details of the winning entries!

Enterprise & Government   August 10, 2005

ARTS PDF releases Crackerjack 5.1

Dan Shea

ARTS PDF has released an update to its popular ARTS PDF Crackerjack software. The software vendor has called Crackerjack 5.1 its biggest ever dot release, and the new version adds support for image editing and imposition. For the initiated, imposition refers to the shuffling of pages so that they will appear in the correct order when printed and bound.

Creative & Print   August 10, 2005

Ubiquitous PDF: "Acne Relief" for free download

Dan Shea

Courtesy of and, a PDF eBook called "Acne Relief" has been offered as a free worldwide download -- for a limited time only! The book includes sections on diet, shaving, hygiene, skin care products among others.

Enterprise & Government   August 10, 2005

Software602 releases Print2PDF 5.0 Server Edition

Dan Shea

Software602 has released a server-based PDF creation tool that boasts a redesigned GUI and allows for one-click PDF creation. Print2PDF 5.0 Server Edition allows network users to assemble PDF documents from multiple sources and apply digital signatures. The new version even supports all 128-bit RC4 PDF security permissions, including low-resolution printing and text access for screen-reading devices.

Enterprise & Government   August 10, 2005

Quite Software releases Quite Imposing Plus 2.0

Dan Shea

Lochawe, Scotland-based developer Quite Software has announced the release of version 2.0 of its well-known desktop imposition product. Quite Imposing Plus 2.0 offers a swag of new features, including support for Acrobat 7 on Windows and Mac, the use of XML to describe imposition tasks, Bates Stamping, n-up centering and PDF/X.

Creative & Print   August 03, 2005

Ubiquitous PDF: Paper craft motorbikes and rare animals for free download

Dan Shea

Yamaha Motors currently offers paper craft models of its most popular motorcycles and various rare animals from around the globe. Paper craft models are designs that, when printed, cut and folded correctly, closely resemble those of the subjects down to typical coat markings or paint jobs!

Enterprise & Government   August 03, 2005

Big Faceless Organization announces PDF Library 2.4.3

Dan Shea

Big Faceless Organization (BFO) has announced version 2.4.3 of its PDF Library. The new offering now supports XFA forms, Acrobat 7 encryption, PDF417 and QR Code barcodes.

Developer   August 03, 2005

Appligent releases PDF Foundry

Dan Shea

Appligent recently announced the release of a server-based application that allows the creation of PDF from PostScript and TIFF data streams. In addition to its PDF creation capabilities, PDF Foundry can correct malformed PDF or add encryption and document information to existing PDF files.

Developer   July 27, 2005

Aloaha releases Digital Signature Pack

Dan Shea

Aloaha Software recently announced the release of a software package to enable qualified digital signatures. Aloaha's parent company, Wrocklage Intermedia GmbH, has created a package to accelerate the acceptance of digital signatures/e-ID Cards by creating an easy way to digitally sign documents. The package includes a PC/SC capable Smartcard Reader, a smartcard and the Aloaha PDF Suite -- all of which combine to create digitally signed PDF documents from Windows applications.

Enterprise & Government   July 27, 2005

Pre- and post-event workshops announced for Fall PDF Conference

Dan Shea

PDF Conference and Carl Young Training Associates (CYTA) have teamed up to bring a robust offering of pre- and post-event workshops to the PDF Conference this Fall. The conference, which will run from September 26-27 in the Washington, DC area, will be bracketed by a program of workshops run by PDF gurus from around the globe.

Enterprise & Government   July 15, 2005

PDF Webinars to offer Section 508 clinic

Dan Shea

PDF Webinars has announced that it will be running a Section 508 clinic in early August. The two-part clinic targets U.S. Federal Government agencies who need to produce Section 508-compliant PDFs and private sector companies and contractors who work with U.S. Federal agencies. Attendees will learn how to best use new tools in Acrobat 7 to make legacy PDFs accessible, and will cover strategies for making accessible forms from scratch.

Enterprise & Government   July 15, 2005

Markzware releases FlightCheck Workflow 2.0

Dan Shea

Markzware has now released version 2.0 of its preflight toolkit, FlightCheck Workflow. The updated product adds new support for Adobe FrameMaker, Microsoft Word, Publisher and Powerpoint.

Creative & Print   July 13, 2005

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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.