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[31 Aug 2008 | One Comment | ]

Rosebud PLM has moved to the next level with its WYSIWYG collaboration tool, Rosebud, based around Adobe PDF.
They announce that:

…”our unique method of collaboration on the Web — ‘Method and Software for enabling N-way collaboration work over the network for computers’ is officially designated as ‘patent pending’.”

and that….
Rosebud enables full lifecycle document review and supports both concurrent and independent collaboration in single platform independent software solution.

I have not had a chance to spend a great deal of time working with Rosebud myself — other than the original demo …

Document Management, Editorials »

[30 Aug 2008 | 2 Comments | ]

An interesting question — obviously given our background we ask ourselves this question all the time. Is it an email, a PDF, an HTML file, a blog or a page of blogs, what about a mySpace page — or even your facebook profile.
What exactly is a tweet? A valuable document — or as some say, a waste of time and overuse of “social networking”. Ie. Do I really care that you’ve gone to make yourself a cup of coffee, and that five minutes later you’ve finished and you’re going to …

General News, PDF Conversion, PDF Creation, PDF Online »

[28 Aug 2008 | One Comment | ]

Mozilla Labs have just released Ubiquity, an experiment in using command-like calls to interact with web services. Users of the Google ‘command-line’ — if you don’t know what I’m talking about at this point type time in new york into Google — will most likely find this tool pretty useful.

Editorials »

[28 Aug 2008 | No Comment | ]

When I stumbled across a YouTube video called The Paperless Office – A Business Saga a few days ago, I also stumbled across a bunch of other “paperless office” themed videos, to which I’ll post links over the next couple of weeks. The one I have embedded into this post is somewhat special. It appears to be a University lecture from a guy who is quite passionate about not using paper (though he doesn’t hesitate to waste some paper for theatrics during his presentation). Enjoy:

Adobe »

[27 Aug 2008 | No Comment | ]

No matter how much you like a particular piece of software, there’s almost certainly something about it that irks you, whether it be the installer, the start-up time, a bug that never gets fixed or featuritis. Enter Dear Adobe, a place where you can vent about Adobe products until your heart’s content.
Submit your own gripes or rate other peoples, with a Love It or Hate It tag. The results of the voting are shown on the Top 50 Gripes page, which makes for some interesting reading.
The top gripes are pretty clear:

Loosen DRM …

Editorials »

[26 Aug 2008 | One Comment | ]

…and now for something completely different. I guess these guys (omtool) must have read all those books on viral marketing. Anyway, good on them for spicing things up a bit — you don’t see much of this in the document management space — check it out:

Document Management, Editorials, Tips and Tutorials »

[26 Aug 2008 | No Comment | ]

The Microsoft Small Business Center has published 6 tips for a ‘paperless’ office. Here’s a summary:

Without paper, make sure you’re backing up files.
Realize that a paperless office doesn’t happen overnight.
You’ll need to rearrange your office.
“Paperless” often really means “less paper”.
Everyone has to buy in.
Realize that less paper is just the beginning of the payoff.

Personally I think points 1, 3 and 4 are the most important.
If you’re storing all of your important files on a computer, and you aren’t backing them up on a different hard disk, …

Tips and Tutorials »

[26 Aug 2008 | No Comment | ]

Finally, after 3 years of struggling to hold onto my copious amounts of email and various document attachments, and battling with Outlook interfacing (poorly) with my Exchange Server, and Google Apps, I’ve found a solution.
As you can imagine, dragging and dropping email from one mailbox to another using IMAP, or POP3, just doesn’t cut it when you’re talking about 4-5 GB (ok, yeah, a few years of emails, I was never that good with deleting unrequired email).
But now — all of my problems have been solved – the Google Email …

Document Management »

[25 Aug 2008 | 3 Comments | ]

For the past few years I have been using Gmail to handle my work and personal email accounts. But I was starting to wonder if it could possibly handle more than just mail, document storage perhaps? A quick search on my trusty friend Lifehacker revealed the answer: yes, Gmail can indeed be used for document storage. In fact, there is a small ecosystem of extensions surrounding Gmail that make using Gmail as a document management system a real possibility for some. Here are, what appear to be, the top 3 …

Adobe, General News, PDF Editor, PDF Prepress »

[24 Aug 2008 | No Comment | ]

Xante just announced that it will be releasing the enhanced version of OpenRIP(R) Symphony PDF workflow on the Print Media Trade Fair to be held next month in Duesseldorf, Germany.

Document Management, Editorials »

[22 Aug 2008 | No Comment | ]

Wow, if you look up personal information management (about as close as you’ll get to personal document management) on Wikipedia you’d be hard pressed to say that it’s easy to read with straight up lingo — or that it even makes much sense at all. In fact, even Wikipedia has a preface which states that,
“This article seem to speak in very vague, glittering generalities, and to contain quite a few business vogue-words…”
Well, ‘snap’, it seems it contain a cacophony of buzzwords — I’m glad I didn’t write it and I’d …

Tips and Tutorials »

[21 Aug 2008 | No Comment | ]

Over the past week we have blogged a little (here and here) about viewing documents online as Flash documents, instead of PDFs. Today I am going to look at a few of the online platforms that can be used to publish your documents online.
Scribd – Scribd is a document sharing website that claims to host over 350,000 documents. Users can upload their documents (pdf, doc, xls, etc) and choose to share them with everyone or only specific people. Documents are viewed online using iPaper, a document viewer for the web (Flash of …

Document Management, Editorials, General News »

[21 Aug 2008 | No Comment | ]

How do you find a lost document? Probably not by using the Windows Search Assistant, his name is Rover, but let’s just say he’s not exactly a greyhound…
Nope — when you’ve really got to find something in a hurry, and you’ve no clue at all where you left it, it’s time to step up and give the big boys a chance, see what Larry Page and Sergey Brin have to offer.
Possibly somewhat alarmingly Google Desktop indexes just about everything on your hard disk(s) … no matter what the format. So …

Adobe Acrobat »

[20 Aug 2008 | No Comment | ]

The Acrobat 9 SDK has been released to the Acrobat Developer Community — as PDF Developer Junkie Joel Geraci says,
Now’s the chance to show off your Kung-Fu skills and contribute to the developer community
You’ll be able to provide feedback, bugs and corrections. Sign-up and check it out — although at a touch over 50mb, perhaps give it a miss if you’re still sporting a 56k modem.
As well as this, there’s an Acrobat 9 Custom Navigator SDK available too — at least in pre-release. This uses Flex and ActionScript and doesn’t …

Free, General News, PDF Creation »

[20 Aug 2008 | One Comment | ]

Rowan reported back in late June that (very) popular PDF Download 2.0 Firefox add-on had hit beta, well, now after almost a month, its ready for center stage.
One of the main benefits it offers is the generation of active hyperlinks within the PDF — which has been a common complaint amongst other free online HTML -> PDF converters.
In addition, the new version also offers a feature to convert (any) web page to PDF and shoot it off to you via email, free of charge.
Disclaimer: pdf download is sponsored by Nitro …