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[17 Oct 2008 | 3 Comments | ]

If you’re a Ubuntu user you might be interested in this tip on how to use gscan2pdf to scan your paper documents to PDF.

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[9 Oct 2008 | One Comment | ]

In this tutorial we are going to use CUPS-PDF to add print to PDF functionality in Xandros on the Eee PC.

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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?

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[3 Oct 2008 | No Comment | ]

I’m a big fan of using metadata to organize files because it means I don’t have to use an inefficient hierarchical folder tree. Unfortunately for some of us, this idea seems to be gaining more traction on the Mac OS X platform, than it is on the Windows platform. In a series of posts last year, theAppleBlog looked at how to effectively use metadata to organize files in Mac OS X.

Using Metadata Effectively in OS X
Metadata in OS X: Part Two

The Metadata Screencast: Part Three
Answering Metadata Screencast Questions
Essential Metadata Tips

General News, Tips and Tutorials »

[3 Oct 2008 | One Comment | ]

I just posted a semi-comprehensive list of all of the the websites devoted to PDF over at 4xPDF. It includes news sites, forums and blogs. If you’re interested, click on the below link.
Wanna hear more about PDF?

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[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 …

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[15 Sep 2008 | No Comment | ]

A new blog post from NiXPS, XPS Variable Data example with the NiXPS SDK, details how NiXPS SDK can be used to combine an XPS template and data pulled from a database.
This process is called variable data processing and saves you time and money when you need to fill out the same template (e.g. an Invoice form) multiple times — with every occurrence using changing data.
From XPS Variable Data example with the NiXPS SDK:
The reason I say that XPS really shines here, is for a few reasons:
It is very easy (and free) to …

Adobe Reader, General News, PDF Online, Tips and Tutorials »

[11 Sep 2008 | One Comment | ]

On Wednesday, September 17, 2008, The Acrobat User Community Team will be hosting an eSeminar on how to drop a flash file inside a PDF without the need for any additional media players.

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[10 Sep 2008 | No Comment | ]

Do you like listening to podcasts? Do you like PDFs? Do you work with PDFs? If you answered yes to both questions, then I have got some good news for you: Acrobat Technical Evangelist, Joel Geraci, will soon be starting The PDF Developer Junkie Podcast.
The podcast will be audience driven and will rely on listeners to email in recorded questions about developing with PDF.
I will post a link to the podcast as soon as the first episode is live.

Adobe Acrobat, Tips and Tutorials »

[10 Sep 2008 | One Comment | ]

I just want to quickly spotlight two very useful posts today on text in PDFs, and OCR’d scanned images. 
The first is from Jonathan Bowman’s AEC & EPC Blog where he covers how to covert scanned images to PDF and then OCR them, using Adobe Acrobat:
The first step is to simply locate the scanned image and then convert it to pdf.  Now there are several ways to do this, such as File – Create PDF – From File, right click on document and choose convert to PDF, or just simple drag …

Adobe, Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Reader, Document Management, Editorials, Tips and Tutorials »

[4 Sep 2008 | No Comment | ]

Ever encounter the problem where you’re reading, writing, and publishing more than one document at the same time?  
Rhetorical question!
You know the scenario — you’ve got multiple windows open — all stacked on top of each other, you’re alt-tabbing applications to the point of arth-thumb-ritis. Even with 2 x 21″ screens and your Intel® Core™2 Extreme processor QX9770, you feel like you’re driving your Ferrari F430 Spider with the hand-break on.
Well, a quick and easy solution to this problem is to pick yourself up a copy of Desktop Rover™ v4.0. You will need multiple …

Document Management, Editorials, Tips and Tutorials »

[26 Aug 2008 | No Comment | ]

The Microsoft Small Business Center has published 6 tips for a ‘paperless’ office. Here’s a summary:

Without paper, make sure you’re backing up files.
Realize that a paperless office doesn’t happen overnight.
You’ll need to rearrange your office.
“Paperless” often really means “less paper”.
Everyone has to buy in.
Realize that less paper is just the beginning of the payoff.

Personally I think points 1, 3 and 4 are the most important.
If you’re storing all of your important files on a computer, and you aren’t backing them up on a different hard disk, …

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[26 Aug 2008 | No Comment | ]

Finally, after 3 years of struggling to hold onto my copious amounts of email and various document attachments, and battling with Outlook interfacing (poorly) with my Exchange Server, and Google Apps, I’ve found a solution.
As you can imagine, dragging and dropping email from one mailbox to another using IMAP, or POP3, just doesn’t cut it when you’re talking about 4-5 GB (ok, yeah, a few years of emails, I was never that good with deleting unrequired email).
But now — all of my problems have been solved – the Google Email …

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[21 Aug 2008 | No Comment | ]

Over the past week we have blogged a little (here and here) about viewing documents online as Flash documents, instead of PDFs. Today I am going to look at a few of the online platforms that can be used to publish your documents online.
Scribd – Scribd is a document sharing website that claims to host over 350,000 documents. Users can upload their documents (pdf, doc, xls, etc) and choose to share them with everyone or only specific people. Documents are viewed online using iPaper, a document viewer for the web (Flash of …

General News, PDF Reader, Tips and Tutorials »

[19 Aug 2008 | 3 Comments | ]

If you’re sick of waiting for PDFs to load in your browser or downloading them to your desktop, then check out PdfMeNot.com. This site helps you to quickly view PDFs — without a PDF Reader insight — by converting the PDFs to Flash documents and then quickly displaying the result in your browser.
My first thought when I saw this website was — wow, these guys must really not like PDFs — but after using it a few times I can see that it could be useful for some people, especially …