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[11 Dec 2008 | No Comment | ]

Linux hasn’t received much attention from the PDF world over the years and it’s not hard to understand why. First, Linux relies on open source developers (i.e. people doing stuff for free) and PDF creators, editors and viewers don’t appear to be on the priority list.

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[11 Dec 2008 | 3 Comments | ]
It’s Time To Cut Adobe Reader Some Slack

It’s a common refrain on forums and blogs: “Adobe Reader is bloatware”. Usually followed by a recommendation to use Foxit Reader on Windows or Linux and the built-in Preview feature on Mac OSX. Some of the criticism is fair; but most of it is not.

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[4 Dec 2008 | 2 Comments | ]

I have been an Eee PC owner for almost a year now. For most of that time I used the default Linux operating system, Xandros, before switching to Ubuntu, and then to Windows. What I discovered after making that final switch is that for me personally, Windows makes the Eee PC a lot more usable. You see, I had slipped into the habit of only using the Eee PC as a Kindle-like device for reading e-books, instead of actually using it to do some, you know, work. This wasn’t because …

Ebooks, Editorials, General News »

[26 Nov 2008 | No Comment | ]

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 »

[25 Nov 2008 | No Comment | ]

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 …

Document Management, Editorials »

[17 Nov 2008 | One Comment | ]

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 …

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 …

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[31 Oct 2008 | No Comment | ]

If you’ve been following this blog recently you will have noticed that I’ve developed a bit of an obsession with e-book readers. It persists. In this video we see a demo of the Sony Reader and the E-Ink technology that it uses — which not-so-coincidentally, I’m really impressed with.

Wouldn’t it be nice if your laptop screen was as crisp as that?

Editorials, General News, PDF Tools, PDF/A »

[31 Oct 2008 | No Comment | ]

Nettie Hartsock over at Planet PDF has published an exclusive interview with Dr. Hans Bärfuss, CEO, PDF Tools AG, who is an internationally acclaimed expert in PDF technology.

Ebooks, Editorials »

[29 Oct 2008 | One Comment | ]

Courtesy of Ian P. Christian, a review of BeBook, an E-Ink reader:

Editorials, General News, PDF Reader »

[26 Oct 2008 | No Comment | ]

BFO have just released a new Java-based PDF Viewer. It supports: printing, saving, search and/selection, forms, bookmarks thumbnails, annotations and more…

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[25 Oct 2008 | 7 Comments | ]

The biggest problem with the implementation of the Paperless Office is that we tried to run before we could walk. That is to say, we tried to go paperless, before we had a compelling alternative to paper.
I think you’ll all agree that lugging around an awkwardly sized, and piping hot, laptop everywhere you go, just isn’t practical. And if it ain’t practical, it ain’t going nowhere.
In fact, it’s quite unreasonable and unrealistic, to ask someone to desist from using paper entirely —  including paper books — given that the experience and convenience of …

Ebooks, Editorials, General News, PDF Conversion »

[15 Oct 2008 | 3 Comments | ]

Have difficulty seeing the screen, or maybe just sore eyes — heck, you might even want to make your own audiobooks — well, SpokenText has got all the answers (well, many of them so it seems) with its mostly free service for converting documents into audio recordings.
You can record PDF, Word, plain text, PowerPoint, RSS news feeds, emails and webpages into Podcast and MP3s.
Take a look at the demo I prepared earlier….
1. Original PDF: Use “Create Adobe PDF Online” to save as PDF
2. SpokenText MP3: Use “Create Adobe PDF Online” to save …

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[9 Oct 2008 | One Comment | ]
Use “Create Adobe PDF Online” to save as PDF — and view with (hopefully) any PDF reader…

If you’re a road-warrior, jet-setting about town, and you often leave your PDF creator at home — never fear, Adobe have a service called “Create Adobe PDF Online” you can use, as they say, to “Convert Documents Over the Web”.

Suitable for use on the desktop and at an Internet Cafe — for $9.99 USD per month (or $99 for 12), you can create as many “Adobe PDF files” (as Adobe now officially brand their own variant) as you like, including tagged PDF.

This is one of the features that you won’t find in many other online converters such as…

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[8 Oct 2008 | 2 Comments | ]

It’s easy enough to create PDFs on a Windows or Mac machine, but what about Linux?