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Acrobat 9, Adobe Acrobat »

[26 Sep 2008 | One Comment | ]

Jonathan Bowman has provided some tips on his blog about some of the new enhancements specific to the PDF Maker button in AutoCAD.

Editorials »

[26 Sep 2008 | No Comment | ]

Duff Johnson has posted both of this presentations from the recent PDF Central Conference on his blog for free download. The first presentation deals with making your PDFs section 508 compliant and the second deals with PDF as a rapid application development platform.

Free, PDF Creation, PDF Tools »

[26 Sep 2008 | 2 Comments | ]

In case you’re not aware of it yet, Chris Livesay from Computer Corner reminds us that the freely available OpenOffice includes a built-in save as PDF feature (similar to Microsoft Office 2007).

Free, PDF Conversion, PDF Security »

[26 Sep 2008 | No Comment | ]

With a somewhat unusual name, the company Hellopdf.com Inc, offers an aptly named, “Free PDF to Word Doc converter”. Although their product doesn’t support password protected PDFs, they provide links to some third-party tools which can remove security amongst other things.

Acrobat 9, General News »

[26 Sep 2008 | No Comment | ]

In what appears to be a fairly peculiar attempt to do a bait-and-switch, Software HQ provides provides a version of their so-called “compatible with Adobe Acrobat product” at a site titled “acrobat9.0-pdf.com” [a domain called 0-pdf.com, with a subdomain of acrobat9].

General News, PDF Standards »

[26 Sep 2008 | No Comment | ]

In a fairly exciting development — hot of the press — comes the news that Appligent and Document Solutions have joined forces.

Acrobat Plug-in, Editorials, General News »

[26 Sep 2008 | No Comment | ]

A quick overview — ROSEBUD is a (patent pending) collaboration solution that uses PDF as its core to provide “fast, secure, multimedia collaboration” with any document type, for any number of people.

Uncategorized »

[23 Sep 2008 | 3 Comments | ]

iRex Technologies has released a new version of their electronic reading device — the iRex Digital Reader 1000 series.  The iRex 1000 series features a unique 10.2 inch electronic paper display and increased memory, as well as a durable design, which was demonstrated when the device was dropped from a height of 1 meter, and survived to tell the tale!
Read more coverage of the release:

New iRex 1000 with 10.2-inch screen survives one-meter crash test at news conference
iRex Opens New Chapter In E-Reading

Adobe, Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Reader, General News »

[22 Sep 2008 | No Comment | ]

My old work-buddy Kurt Foss, Online Editor of Adobe Acrobat User Community, wrote a short piece on a video I’ve been trying to track down for some time. 
The video is centered around a typical “office of the 90s ” and is included on page 24 as part of a Flash-presentation that celebrates “25 Years of Innovation” at Adobe Systems.
It takes us back 15 years ago to the land of ascii text, overnight mail, copier jams and filing cabinets laden with paper-based-documents. Although Kurt says that “Acrobat humor is a narrow niche”, …

Tips and Tutorials »

[22 Sep 2008 | No Comment | ]

Reena over at Investintech.com has come up with an innovative list of 10 tips that can make working with PDFs easier. My top 3 favorite tips are:
4. Add bookmarks to your PDFs.
Bookmark lengthy PDFs. There’s nothing more irritating than having to blindly scroll and Ctrl +G your way through a PDF you just created. Toggling back between the TOC and your pages means eyestrain, permanent frowns and headaches, which are the most common and most fatiguing ailments in the workplace. Having your pages visually indexed on the side, will save you and …

Adobe Acrobat »

[22 Sep 2008 | No Comment | ]

Don’t frett if you didn’t see our note about the eSeminar on PDF and Flash in time to watch it live — the eSeminar is now available for on-demand viewing. The free one hour seminar covers:

Incorporating Flash Player-compatible content to make rich, engaging PDF documents
Adding Flash Player-compatible video to PDF documents, including FLV and H.264-encoded video
Converting other video formats to embedded Flash-compatible video in Acrobat 9
Adding video to Microsoft Office documents
Differences between Acrobat 9 Pro and Pro Extended for Flash content in PDF files

I definitely recommend checking it out. Much …

Adobe, Adobe Acrobat, General News »

[19 Sep 2008 | No Comment | ]

Back in November 2006, Thad McIlroy, publishing consultant and analyst from The Future of Publishing sent a scathing letter to the Planet PDF Editor, Dan Shea:
I think that Acrobat 8 is one of the weakest upgrades I’ve seen in years. Adobe is apparently angry with me for saying so, but that’s just Adobe getting all imperial, as it does (as do so may so may other U.S. organizations, like the old Republican administration).
However, with version 9 — Thad thinks that Adobe has provided a elegant upgrade:
Adobe Acrobat has evolved in so …

Document Management, Ebooks, Editorials »

[18 Sep 2008 | One Comment | ]

Check out this short demo of the Plastic Logic reader — it looks pretty slick. It’s going to be a very impressive device within a few years time.

I predict that within 5 years the majority of working professionals will be doing all of their reading on electronic devices — fiction books, newspapers, work memos, training manuals — you name it, it will be done on a device like the Kindle or the Plastic Logic reader. The reasons are clear: it’s easier, less wasteful and more efficient.

Document Management, Ebooks, Editorials, PDF Reader »

[18 Sep 2008 | No Comment | ]

Do you think iTunes is the best thing since sliced bread for organizing your music? If so, you might be interested in an article on lifehacker that advocates the use of iTunes for organizing your PDFs too.
iTunes supports PDFs so you can add them to the library and then add them to playlists or filter them using smart playlists, just like you can music. It’s even possible to create multiple libraries with iTunes, so you don’t need to mix up your tax records with your Rage Against the Machine music …

Uncategorized »

[17 Sep 2008 | No Comment | ]

September 17, 2008 — Nuance Communications today announced that it has “…added robust support for the XML Paper Specification, XPS, which enables document sharing and archiving with Windows Vista.” to OmniPage Capture SDK 16.
Read full press release here.