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[11 Jun 2009 | One Comment | ]

We’ve officially completed the process of moving 4xPDF to www.4xpdf.com and we’ll shortly be re-launching the site with a greater focus on expert PDF-related commentary and opinion articles — as well as a new writer or two and the old team.

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[14 Apr 2009 | No Comment | ]

Prepare yourself for a ton of headlines this week that include the words “newspapers”, “advertising”, “down”, “fall”, “decline” and “oblivion” as publishers begin to report their first quarter results for 2009. As this New York Times article reports, industry executives and analysts expect to see advertising declines as high as 30% for some newspapers.
 They are expecting declines sharp enough to wipe out profit margins at many papers that, despite two years of battering, had stayed comfortably in the black, and to push already-weak publishers closer to bankruptcy, perhaps even closure. …

Editorials, Free, PDF Reader »

[15 Feb 2009 | No Comment | ]

Accelerate your PDF preview inside of Microsoft Outlook 2007 with Tim Heuer’s Foxit PDF Preview Handler

Ebooks, Editorials, General News, PDF Creation, PDF Reader »

[30 Jan 2009 | One Comment | ]

Karl De Abrew recently conducted an interview with Foxit Software CEO Eugene Y. Xiong about the upcoming release of Foxit’s eSlick Reader. Foxit are of course famous for their free PDF reader, Foxit Reader, which is also used on the eSlick Reader for displaying PDFs.

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[29 Jan 2009 | 4 Comments | ]

I recently interviewed Foxit CEO Eugene Y. Xiong about the upcoming release of Foxit’s eSlick Reader — which we first covered back in December, 2008.
A quick recap: the eSlick Reader is an e-reading device and competitor to Amazon Kindle and Sony Reader, amongst others. Its focus is on providing support for ebooks that use PDF as the file format of choice and includes reflow technology which ensures that the content you’re reading fits the screen in the best way possible. Like the Kindle and Sony Reader, it uses E-Ink technology for the …

Document Management, Ebooks, Editorials, PDF Reader »

[27 Jan 2009 | One Comment | ]

Previously we’ve covered the announcement of the Foxit eSlick, a competitor to Sony Reader and and Amazon’s Kindle — now we have footage of the first prototype of the Foxit eSlick to share with you.

Foxit Software has also posted a video on YouTube demonstrating the hotly anticipated reflow feature in the eSlick.

The reflow functionality is important because it means that the text in the PDF document can automatically be reorganized to fit the screen size. More information about the eSlick Reader can be found here.

Editorials, PDF Reader »

[26 Jan 2009 | 7 Comments | ]

There are some aspects of Windows 7 that are noticeably different than that of it’s predecessors. For me the most striking difference is the introduction of libraries in Windows Explorer. Almost instantly, with what feel like mostly minor changes, the user interface for Windows Explorer and general usability has been rocketed into the 21st century.

Editorials, Free, General News, PDF Online, PDF Tools »

[12 Jan 2009 | One Comment | ]

For those looking to merge PDFs online, you’ve got at least 3 choices, PDFJoin, PDFHammer and now mergepdf.net. Each tool has minor differences, however, if all you need to do is to combine a number of PDFs together, then you can use any of them.

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[9 Jan 2009 | One Comment | ]

Patience makes the heart grow fonder, as they say. Perhaps that’s why I’m longing after the Plastic Logic Reader. We first got to see a short demo of this nifty electronic reading device back in September of last year and now a few more videos of the new prototype have shown up.
These videos are from CES 2009 in Las Vegas. They give you a pretty good idea of the quality of the display screen that the Plastic Logic Reader uses and it’s size.

The last video is from CNN and can …

Editorials, General News, PDF Conversion »

[8 Jan 2009 | No Comment | ]

The release date of the Office 2007 Service Pack 2 with native support for PDF has been updated from “H1” 2009 to “sometime within February and April 2009”.

Document Management, Editorials »

[7 Jan 2009 | No Comment | ]

I get daily Google Alerts sent to me for the keywords “paperless” and “paperless office”, as you might have noticed, it’s a topic I’m interested in.
Through this I have noticed a strong trend towards people embracing the concept of a paperless office; people openly acknowledging that paper is inefficient and costly and that a move to an electronic orientated system would save them time and money.
I thought I’d put together a small preview of the various businesses and Government departments that have decided to “go paperless” over the past few …

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[2 Jan 2009 | 4 Comments | ]

According to a report on CrunchGear, Panasonic intend to launch the world’s first fully paperless fax machine in Japan on January 23, 2009.
Just like sending emails on a cell phone, users can use the built-in keypad to type messages.
Alternatively, it’s possible to send documents saved in Word or other formats without having to use a PC. All fax messages can be read and forwarded through a built-in screen without having to print them on paper first.
I’m all for any effort that contributes to a paperless office, but this seems a …

Editorials, General News, Windows 7 »

[30 Dec 2008 | No Comment | ]

In Zack’s piece which covers “Some minor criticisms of the Windows 7 beta” he discusses XPS (“Metro”) which was once touted as being a PDF killer. He thinks that Microsoft should “Cut out the XPS nonsense” and acknowledge that PDF really is the document format of choice.

Acrobat 9, Adobe Acrobat, Document Management, Editorials »

[16 Dec 2008 | No Comment | ]

Rick Borstein, from Acrobat for Legal Professionals, takes a look at how PDF portfolios can be used for Case Analysis in a three part series.

Ebooks, Editorials »

[12 Dec 2008 | No Comment | ]

As Trevor Cook pointed out today in his Crikey blog, it wasn’t so long ago that people were predicating newspapers would only last another few decades — now of course that predication looks rather generous. On top of all the gloomy talk on blogs and in the media about the decline of newspapers, Jon Stewart has also chipped in with a little humor:

Will the major newspapers, as we currently know them, still exist in two years?