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Adobe Acrobat, Editorials »

[15 Nov 2008 | One Comment | ]

I recently posted a comment on the Spartacus of Acrobat blog asking Stephen why he doesn’t subscribe to the the “paperless office” theory. After reading his reply I realized that our opinions are roughly the same — I also don’t think that the current technology (hardware mainly) is good enough to replace paper, but I’m a bit more optimistic about the chances of this happening in the future, and also optimistic about the willingness of people to kick the paper habit.
The reasons Stephen doesn’t subscribe to the “paperless office” theory are:

Paper is …

General News, PDF Conversion, PDF Online »

[13 Nov 2008 | 4 Comments | ]

Solid Documents, a leader in PDF to Word conversion technology, has released a free online PDF to Word conversion service.

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[12 Nov 2008 | One Comment | ]

The next version of Windows — which coincidentally actually looks pretty good — will include new Win32 API’s for XPS developers. The new API’s will be:

XPS API provides creation, manipulation, reading, writing and other services for XPS documents and print streams
OPC API provides creation, manipulation, reading, writing and other services for Open Packaging Conventions-based file formats, including XPS, OOXML and an increasing number of industrial strength third party file formats
XPS Print API provides a new entry point for applications to benefit from the enhanced XPS Print Path, irrespective of whether the final output …

Acrobat 9 »

[12 Nov 2008 | No Comment | ]

This is pretty cool: Flex applications embedded in PDFs. When I first saw all of the new Flash and multimedia features announced in Acrobat 9 I was fairly dismissive, but recently I’ve seen some great work that people have been able to do with these new features, so I’m a lot less skeptical now.

PDF Online »

[12 Nov 2008 | No Comment | ]

The team behind PDFescape have made a great move by adding a Google login option. Going forward, users with a Gmail account (sorry Google Apps users, you’ll have to wait) can use their Gmail login details to login to PDFescape.

Ebooks »

[9 Nov 2008 | No Comment | ]

TeleRead.org reports that while traditional paper book sales have dropped in 2008, sales of E-books have actually increased 55.2 percent in the same period. To be fair, paper book sales still dwarf E-book sales, by a massive margin — but I expect that the increase in E-book sales will continue in 2009 as electronic E-book readers improve and become more accepted. And as people start to resent the ever increasing postal rates for paper books purchased online.

Adobe Reader »

[9 Nov 2008 | One Comment | ]

According to Computerworld, hackers have begun attempting to exploit one of the vulnerabilities found — and subsequently patched — in Adobe Reader last week.

Adobe Acrobat »

[7 Nov 2008 | No Comment | ]

The PDF Developer Junkie Blog has put together some useful examples that demonstrate features of the new Acrobat JavaScript “Collection” Object.

Acrobat 9, Adobe Acrobat »

[7 Nov 2008 | No Comment | ]

Jonathan Bowman has a useful post with details on how video is supported in Acrobat 9 Pro and Acrobat 9 Pro Extended, and why you might consider making use of this new feature.

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[7 Nov 2008 | No Comment | ]

If you’re an iPhone user who is frustrated at the lack of support for files outside of email messages on the device then this article might help you.

General News, PDF Conversion »

[7 Nov 2008 | No Comment | ]

Investintech, developers of PDF creation and extraction software, has released version 6.0 of Able2Extract — it’s popular PDF to Word and Excel conversion software.

Free, General News, PDF Search »

[6 Nov 2008 | One Comment | ]
Google adds searching of image-based PDF files for free

In what I’d consider to be one of the most exciting non-election related developments in recent times — CIO Today reports that Google is in the process of applying OCR technology to its indexing of PDF files. This is a massive boon — allowing any image-based PDF file (usually scanned documents, books and faxes) to be returned in search results.

Evin Levey, a Google product manager says — “This is a small but important step forward in our mission of making all the world’s information accessible and useful”.

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[6 Nov 2008 | No Comment | ]

PDFCalendar.com is a great little site for generating custom PDF calendars. It’s easy to create calendars showing one month per page, 12 weeks per page or one year per page. Plus, there are a lot of other options that will help you create a calendar just the way you want it.

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[6 Nov 2008 | No Comment | ]

Lets face it: occasionally, when we’re not paying attention, PDF file sizes get too big — needlessly so, in a lot of cases. So what’s a file size conscious person to do? Well, if you’re a Mac user, I suggest reading this article

General News, PDF Reader »

[6 Nov 2008 | One Comment | ]

Cerience has officially released the first commercial version of RepliGo Reader, a native PDF reader for BlackBerry smart phones. It’s available for immediate purchase at 29.95 USD per copy or alternatively a 10 day full functional trial version is available.