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[30 Sep 2008 | No Comment | ]

If you are experiencing problems opening PDF files in Firefox then check out this useful list of troubleshooting steps provided by Download-Firefox.org.

Document Management, Editorials »

[30 Sep 2008 | 2 Comments | ]

GreenPrint Technologies have written a White Paper on how GreenPrint can be used to reduce the number of pages that you print to paper from PDF. The idea behind GreenPrint is simple — it reviews your document before printing and highlights any pages to you that it thinks you may not want to print. You can easily discard unwanted pages or text and image elements with a couple of simple clicks.
The White Paper covers the real cost of printing, the myth of the paperless office and how GreenPrint can help.

Green Print …

General News »

[30 Sep 2008 | No Comment | ]

Useful Fruit software, a relatively new company run by Chad Sellers, a former system-level security developer who worked in the Linux environment —  has just released their Mac-based software, Pear Note — which is designed “… to help users take and understand notes”.
In detail, Useful Fruit say that:
Pear Note records audio and/or video while you take your notes, so later you can find what was being said when you typed something. 
and has key features as follows:

Records keystrokes, audio, video, and slides
Search to help you find your notes quickly
Instantly jump to anywhere in …

PDF Creation »

[30 Sep 2008 | No Comment | ]

QuadriSpace have recently announced the launch of their self-titled tool, QuadriSpace, which provides a complete set of authoring tools to create powerful 3D files. Whilst I haven’t tried this myself, the concept sounds pretty exciting — they say that you can.

PDF Metadata »

[30 Sep 2008 | No Comment | ]

As you’re probably aware — when it comes to PDF, metadata is often added and edited during creation time from applications such as Microsoft Word and other office-related applications.

Document Management, Editorials »

[30 Sep 2008 | One Comment | ]

Cnet news is reporting that NeatReceipts has decided that using the word receipts in their company name was a little too restrictive, and that from now, they’d prefer to be known as The Neat Company.
Along with the branding change, The Neat Company also released a new product called the NeatDesk (photo below).
 
NeatDesk includes a 50-page document feeder and supports duplex scanning as well — best of all, it’s small, so it can rest easy on your desktop, and quietly tidy it.

Free, General News, PDF Creation »

[29 Sep 2008 | No Comment | ]

Yet another entrant to the free-pdf-driver marketplace, PDFDesk have released a freeware product, WinPDF which provides a PDF writer called “Easy PDF Creator”. As is normally the case, you convert to PDF by “printing” your document to the virtual printer driver from any app which supports printing — i.e. most of them.

General News, PDF Reader »

[29 Sep 2008 | No Comment | ]

NetworkWorld reports that alongside the apps you’d expect to find on a Google-designed phone, such as Gmail, Google Maps, YouTube and Gtalk, that you’ll also be able to read Word, PDF and Excel documents.

Adobe Acrobat, General News, PDF Creation »

[29 Sep 2008 | No Comment | ]

According to Ted Landau from Macworld.com, the latest release of the Mac OS, version 10.5.5 is said to introduce a scaling issue when printing to Adobe PDF 8.0 — where the output ends up being half its expected size — looks like someone should have concentrated a little more during their grade class multiplication-times-tables?!

General News, PDF Standards »

[29 Sep 2008 | No Comment | ]

AccuSoft just announced the next release of their imaging toolkit, ImageGear SDKs — version 16 includes a raft of new features. Most significant to PDF users are the direct support for viewing, editing and converted 3D PDF’s and Universal 3D Images (U3D).

Ebooks, General News »

[29 Sep 2008 | One Comment | ]

An up-and-coming company, Flat World Knowledge plans to go live in January 2009, offering an alternative way for students to purchase their textbooks (in mostly digital form). Online versions will be free, PDF versions will be cheap, and print on demand versions will be modestly priced. You’ll be able to view these on devices such as Amazon’s Kindle, Sony’s e-Book reader, and so on.
All of the electronic versions will be DRM-free, meaning that even though it is not legal to copy for friends, it is possible (and quite easily so). …

General News, PDF Tools »

[29 Sep 2008 | One Comment | ]

Lifehacker has the lowdown on a website offering PDF templates that help you with create your own graph paper and wireframes for projects or drawing.

Document Management, Editorials »

[27 Sep 2008 | 6 Comments | ]

One thing I’ve never liked about scanners is their size — they aren’t exactly portable in the laptop sense of the word. But that looks like it’s starting to change, with Xerox releasing the Xerox Travel Scanner 100.
 
It’s small, it’s powerful and it’s portable. More details from Xerox:
The Xerox Travel Scanner measures only 2″ x 1.5″ x 11.4″, weighs 10.6 ounces –less than a can of diet soda — and has a resolution of 600 dpi with 24-bit color. Because the Xerox Travel Scanner is powered through the USB port on a …

Uncategorized »

[27 Sep 2008 | No Comment | ]

Thad McIlroy (The Future of Publishing) has written a detailed analysis on The Future of Newspapers. Overall his rating for the future of the newspaper industry is negative. Here are some excerpts:
On the surface, newspaper publishing in North America appears to be in big trouble; but then, the newspaper industry been in ever-increasing trouble for a long time.
He goes on to write:
An article from late 2006 in the American Journalism Review takes the newspaper circulation data a step further in pointing out that “in 1950 there were 1,772 dailies with a total circulation of 53.8 …

Uncategorized »

[27 Sep 2008 | No Comment | ]

Reena over at the Investintech.com blog has written a post that highlights a few toolkits that could be used to exploit PDF vulnerabilities:
We all know that the PDF has had its share of PDF vulnerabilities.  FromUXSS to PDF spamming, the PDF has been targeted for its wide user base, compatibility across different systems and its reputation as a commonly deployed format for many of today’s enterprises.
And…
A hacking toolkit called the “PDF Xploit Pack” is reportedly taking advantage of PDF vulnerabilities to gain access to the user information of infected computers. According to …