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Document Management, Editorials, General News »

[20 Aug 2008 | No Comment | ]

We’re always interested to hear about new developments in digital documents whether they be online, offline, xps, flash, pdf, or in fact, anything at all — even a notepad text file, if you’ve got a cool way of using it.
Our number one concern is sharing the knowledge — so if you’ve got something worth hearing about — send it on over… (links to our Debenu Contact Us page – hit the back button when you’re done).
Of course, while we like to think that we know everything — there’s a …

Acrobat Plug-in, Adobe Acrobat, General News, PDF Scanners »

[20 Aug 2008 | No Comment | ]

Duff Johnson, head honcho at Document Solutions Inc., has been working with scanning to PDF intelligently for almost as long as computers had keyboards (in place of punched cards). I’ve had endless discussions with him over the years about the multi-resolution technique he developed to perform intelligent scanning, OCR’ing and downsampling — based on analysis of the contents of the page — to produce the smallest file possible, with the maximum reusability.
Well, finally, it appears that with the release of Acrobat 9 he’ll stand a chance of being run out …

Editorials »

[20 Aug 2008 | No Comment | ]

Continuing with the theme of viewing certain documents online (here and here) instead of downloading them, I just came across a Firefox extension that lets you quickly add online files (doc, pdf, xls, ppt and every Open Document format) to Google Docs. According to the developer:
You right click any document link on the web, choose “Send to Google Docs” from the context menu and the file will immediately open as a Google Document. The file also gets saved permanently in your Google Docs account.
Similar functionality has existed for a while now in Gmail …

Uncategorized »

[20 Aug 2008 | No Comment | ]

Roughly a year ago, Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, included the word “Google”, albeit with a reference to it being a trademark.
arts technica’s Nate Anderson, even went so far as to make a prediction that within a decade, it will also become a word with an alternate (negative) connotation, i.e.
“Go google yourself”
Of course, presently it refers to the use of the Google search engine on the web. On the other hand, the same online dictionary isn’t quite so generous with fellow search-engine-classmate Yahoo – referring to it as a noun for a …

Acrobat Plug-in, General News, PDF JavaScript »

[20 Aug 2008 | No Comment | ]

I’ve had the inside tip that a new website, pdfscripting.com, a site focused on scripting Acrobat and PDF — with a healthy dose of JavaScript is on the boil. Using a subscription model, you’ll have the opportunity to access a swagger of videos, script examples, automation tools, and cut-and-paste libraries.
It’s owned and operated by WindJack solutions— who’ve been knee-deep in Acrobat & PDF since version 5.
I’ve taken a look through the beta site and I’m quite impressed — you can sign up to get the word when it’s publicly released. …

Document Management, Editorials, General News »

[19 Aug 2008 | No Comment | ]

Over the past three years the California Research Center has been working on what they say is a radically simple approach to personal document management.
They call this “Save everything!”
Unlike most document management systems, Save Everything! is primarily focused on capturing information that runs through hardware systems, such as printers, copiers, and fax machines … with ‘zero effort’.
Their report states that:
Overall, we captured 38,384 documents comprising 152,251 pages and saved them in 12 Gbytes of disk space.
One of the key features was the method of retrieval without worrying about paths, …

General News, PDF Reader, Tips and Tutorials »

[19 Aug 2008 | 3 Comments | ]

If you’re sick of waiting for PDFs to load in your browser or downloading them to your desktop, then check out PdfMeNot.com. This site helps you to quickly view PDFs — without a PDF Reader insight — by converting the PDFs to Flash documents and then quickly displaying the result in your browser.
My first thought when I saw this website was — wow, these guys must really not like PDFs — but after using it a few times I can see that it could be useful for some people, especially …

Editorials, General News »

[19 Aug 2008 | No Comment | ]

I’m pleased to hear that companies (such as 3G Hutchinson [and banks, gas, fuel, etc…]) are beginning to only provide their bills in electronic form, or rather they ask for $2 fee for every bill if you choose to stick with the parchment.

Editorials, General News »

[19 Aug 2008 | 3 Comments | ]

In 2006 Microsoft revealed XPS (codenamed “Metro”) to the world, it’s an an XML based final-form-file-format (try saying that 3 times in a row), with similar goals to PDF.

Document Management, General News »

[19 Aug 2008 | No Comment | ]

We’re all well aware of just how integrated Google (and the internet in general) has become with the Western world. Almost an inseparable part of our our lives, in such a short amount of time (well, at least mine anyway). My internet connection went haywire a few weeks back, and given I’ve already burnt all my books, I felt like I was Giligan on Giligan’s Island …. by myself.
So that said, I was pretty pleased to see that Google’s has revised yet-another technical masterpiece from its labs…
“The new Google Search …

Ebooks, General News »

[18 Aug 2008 | No Comment | ]

Whilst we’re on the ebook theme, and PDF-based at that — if you already haven’t, it’s definitely worth taking the time to download a copy of Scott Adam’s God’s Debris as an eBook (PDF of course).
Published free for electronic download — it’s been so successful that it made its way over the electron-to-paper divide for sale at Amazon as a printed book (and other bookstores too), with new copies almost $11 including shipping.
But you’re free to shoot the PDF around to as many of your friends as you like, in …

Adobe Reader, Ebooks, Free, General News »

[17 Aug 2008 | No Comment | ]

As a follow on from my previous post, for those interested in PDF-based eBooks, I should draw your attention to the free books site Planet eBook — a site I co-founded with Planet PDF.
Whilst it’s now dedicated to to publishing a variety of classics — as unlocked free ebooks (and if requested, will hunt one down and perform the conversion for you) — at the time, it was dedicated to “hot off the press” news related to eBooks, which was front and center circa 2000.
One of the more interesting …

Ebooks, General News »

[17 Aug 2008 | One Comment | ]

I’d presume that most of you will have heard of Project Gutenberg, it’s the non-profit organization started by Michael S. Hart, with a mission:
“To encourage the creation and distribution of ebooks in as many formats as possible for the entire world to read in as many languages as possible.”
Only public domain books are added, and there’s a few restrictions based on re-use of a Gutenberg title, with the brand intact, although if the Gutenberg reference is removed, a reader is free to do what they will with it — fancy …

Adobe Acrobat »

[17 Aug 2008 | No Comment | ]

The ability to remove sensitive information from PDFs is an important feature for many people, especially Legal Professionals. The good news is that enhanced redaction functionality, specifically the ability to find and redact sensitive information like Social Security Numbers, Email addresses, Credit card numbers, etc, was included in the latest Acrobat release. In this blog post, Creating and Using Custom Redaction Patterns, Acrobat for Legal Professionals shows you some of the ways that this new functionality can be leveraged.

Adobe Acrobat, General News »

[17 Aug 2008 | No Comment | ]

AcrobatUsers.com is hosting a contest for the best PDF Portfolios, with prizes going to the first, second, and third place winners. To enter you need to create a visually interesting and/or media rich PDF Portfolio using Acrobat 9.
According to Lori DeFurio:
Entries will be judged based on use of Acrobat 9 features, originality & creativity, and overall polish & aesthetics. All entries will be displayed in the new PDF Portfolio Gallery on Acrobatusers.com (coming soon). First place will be a box of Acrobat 9 Pro Extended (Windows) or Acrobat 9 Pro (Mac); …