Articles Archive for November 2008
General News, PDF Prepress, PDF/X »
The most significant standout features are: that it does not require Adobe Acrobat; that it is PDF 1.7 compliant which allows a user to work with layers, shadows and transparencies; and that it is compliant with PDF/X and adheres to specifications of the Ghent PDF Workgroup (GWG).
General News, PDF Reader »
Foxit Software has released version 3.0 of Foxit Reader, the most popular (over 1 million downloads at Download.com) alternative to Adobe Reader for Windows. The new version includes a number of bug fixes and new features like multimedia support, auto-scrolling through pages and attachment, thumbnail and layout panels.
Aquaforest, a provider of innovative document technology solutions, has released a white paper called TIFF versus PDF for Document Storage. The short white paper takes a look at Tiff and PDF and discusses their relative merits as formats for electronic document storage.
Ebooks, Editorials, General News »
The Nieman Journalism Lab is reporting (although unconfirmed at this stage) that there are 10,000 Kindle owners subscribed to the paid electronic edition of The New York Times.
One other important note from that internal New York Times memo my colleague Zach got a hold of: The company reports it has “more than 10,000 paid subscribers” to an electronic edition of the newspaper on Amazon’s Kindle ebook reader.
Very interesting if it’s true. 10,000 isn’t a big number by itself, but if you compare it to the number of rumoured Kindle owners — around 240,000 according …
Ebooks, Editorials »
Will seniors be left behind in a paperless world? Jonathan Zimmerman thinks so. Unfortunately after marking a valid point — that the dwindling number of newspapers is very bad news for the 72% of Americans aged 70 or older who don’t use the Internet — he goes down the path of dismissing reading news on the Internet as being inferior to reading news in a newspaper. It’s a slippery slope when you go down that path because all you’re really doing is expressing your preference for, and comfort with, the status …
Acrobat 9, Adobe Acrobat »
Adobe has released an update for Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro Extended 3D. It is available for immediate download.
Ebooks, General News »
Last week Random House announced that pensions would be frozen at current levels for existing employees and future hires would receive no pension amid declining sales and a gloomy forecast for 2009. This week they announced that they are broadening their digital book business by expanding their e-book offerings to include titles by authors such as John Updike and Harlan Coben, as well as an old-time kids favourite the “Magic Treehouse” series, plus thousands more. Sounds like they are getting their house in order? (sorry).
Random House currently publishes just over 8,000 …
Lovers of papercraft and thanksgiving rejoice: creativetechs.com has come to the rescue with a papercraft turkey. The instructions for the papercraft turkey project can be downloaded as a PDF from their website.
TutorialBlog has another useful PDF tutorial. This time they cover a topic — making sure your document is print-ready before you send it to the printers — that deserves more than a little attention. Countless headaches are caused (and money is wasted) by people sending documents to the printers that are not print-ready.
Adobe Acrobat »
Jonathan Bowman has posted some useful tips on how to batch OCR scanned documents in Adobe Acrobat on his AEC & EPC blog.
IS XPS catching on? NiXPS think so, but I’m still a little skeptical. There might be a lot of printer manufacturers adding XPS drivers, but who’s to say that they aren’t simply doing that to make Microsoft happy. On the other hand, Microsoft do seem to have more of a long-term view/goal with XPS, so perhaps we’ll see some more things (and by things I mean evidence of people actually using it) happening over the next couple of years.
PDF Forms »
Question: I am looking for a solution to meet the following requirements. We need a solution that turns our paper based forms into fillable PDF forms and then lets us put these PDF forms on our website with a connection to our database. We would prefer one application or solution that meets all of these requirements and it needs to be part of an automated work flow. What do you suggest?
TutorialBlog has posted a tutorial on how to create multi-page PDF presentations from inside Photoshop.
Document Management, Editorials »
Well — early-to-mid November has been non-stop discussion in the hotly debated topic of the so-called “paperless office”. Early on, Stephen Partridge — Business Development Manager for Acrobat in the UK fired off the first volley with his blog posting, “Paperless Office”. In this piece, Stephen talked about merits of paper as a “technology” and how it still holds a highly dominant position today — and will continue to do so, and perhaps with no complete elimination. Side note: whilst Stephen says this, I do tend to think it’s a …