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[15 Aug 2008 | No Comment | ]

There’s a useful tip from Karl in the comments section for the post Free Online PDF Converts on how to extract text from a PDF into an Excel file, for free. I thought I’d share it with everyone:
Download Foxit Reader 2.3 from Foxit Software at http://www.foxitsoftware.com/.
1. Fire it up and open the document.
2. Activate the selection tool.
3. Highlight the table that you want to convert.
4. Copy it to the clipboard.
5. Open Notepad and paste the text.
6. Save the file and open in Excel.
7. The Text Import Wizard should display.
8. Use …

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[15 Aug 2008 | No Comment | ]

Have you ever wondered why it’s so hard to edit text in a PDF? Or extract that text into another file format?
PDF Architect and a Senior Principal Scientist, Jim King, has written a blog post, Text Content in PDF Files, explaining the reason for this.
The PDF design is very tailored to the creator being able to quite directly and without ambiguity, specify the exact output desired. That is a strong virtue for PDF and the price of more difficult text extraction is a price worth paying for that design.
The article …

Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Reader, Tips and Tutorials »

[15 Aug 2008 | No Comment | ]

Adobe Systems have released a free utility which helps computer administrators take greater control of enterprise-wide deployments of Acrobat 9 and Reader 9.
The Adobe Customization Wizard allows administrators to customize the Acrobat 9 installer and the application features prior to deployment.
By using the Adobe Customization Wizard, you can:

Optimize the behavior of the installer by including silent installation, pre-serialization, reboot, multilingual, and custom setup choices

Customize key application preferences: Turn off automatic updates, add and set default job options, and customize collaboration and security settings

Help prevent users from modifying certain preferences

More information …

PDF Creation, Tips and Tutorials »

[28 May 2008 | No Comment | ]

The ASUS Eee PC comes with either Xandros or Windows XP installed by default. Since there is a ton of different ways to create PDFs on Windows XP (just search Google for ‘create pdfs free xp’), this post will just focus on creating PDFs on Xandros.
In this tutorial we are going to use CUPS-PDF to add print to PDF functionality in Xandros on the Eee PC in Easy Mode.
Creating PDFs on the Eee PC (Easy Mode)

The first thing you’ll need to do is open the Terminal Window. You can do this by …

General News, Tips and Tutorials »

[23 May 2008 | No Comment | ]

Foxit Software have released a minor update to Foxit PDF Reader. It is not clear yet whether or this update fixes the security issue discovered by Secunia earlier this week.
Essential Keystrokes covers PDF Basics and Essential Tools in this post. Includes tips for finding an online PDF conversion service, or a PDF conversion application for the desktop.
A comprehensive list of PDF Editing & Creation: 50+ open source/free alternatives to Adobe Acrobat.

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[19 May 2008 | 2 Comments | ]

I just stumbled across PDFoo.com. They have come up with the interesting idea of providing an indexed list of PDF files that are available on websites across the Internet. While I suppose you could achieve the same result using Googles advanced search, PDFoo makes it super easy. They also provide some intelligent details such as most frequently and most recently downloaded files.
PDFoo.com: Your free search PDF files …

General News, Tips and Tutorials »

[19 May 2008 | No Comment | ]

Ever since the PDF format came into existence people have extolled it’s potential as an alternative to paper documents. But we don’t live in a completely electronic world, so from time to time, we’re forced to print our PDF documents to paper. Upto this point there hasn’t really been a product that focuses on reducing potential waste in PDF documents that could be printed to paper. This is where GreenPrint comes in.
From printgreener.com:
GreenPrint eliminates wasteful pages in any printout automatically, saving you time and money, and maybe more importantly, saving …

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[19 May 2008 | 2 Comments | ]

While usually the focus is on converting various different file formats to PDF, occasionally you may need to convert PDF documents to some other format. This Acrobat for Legal Professionals blog post provides details (and a script to automate the process) on how to convert PDFs to text files and TIFF files.
Generating TIFF and Text files from PDF for Concordance and Summation

Editorials, PDF Reader, Tips and Tutorials »

[18 May 2008 | One Comment | ]

Check out this video demo of viewing ebooks (in PDF format) on the iPhone. It looks pretty cool.

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[18 Oct 2007 | No Comment | ]

I’ve just finished upgrading to Gutsy Gibbon, the latest release of Ubuntu, and I am very happy to find that a PDF printer driver is now installed by default. Previously I’ve covered some PDF creators that are available for Linux operating systems and have generally found that they are lacking in both functionality and numbers (i.e. there isn’t that many of them). Hopefully now that the PDF printer is a more integrated part of Ubuntu, it will get more attention feature wise.
The PDF printer in Gutsy Gibbon is an updated …

Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Reader, General News, Tips and Tutorials »

[12 Oct 2007 | No Comment | ]

Adobe PDF security flaw: This weeks PDF related headlines have been dominated by a recently uncovered vulnerability in Adobe Reader and Acrobat. The vulnerability was discovered by Petko Petkov, a security researcher, who seems to have a knack for discovering high profile flaws. In response, Adobe Systems have released a security advisory that provides details on how users can hack their registry to protect themselves. The vulnerability only affects machines that are using the combination of Windows XP and Internet Explorer 7. Adobe will release a patch before the end …

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[29 Sep 2007 | No Comment | ]

It’s easy enough to create PDFs on a Windows or Mac machine, but what about Linux? A quick search of the web will show you that Linux doesn’t have half the number of PDF creator options that Windows and Macs have, not even close, in fact your options on Linux are quite limited (which is hard for me to say, since I’m a Linux fan).
You might be asking why would anyone need more than one PDF creator? The answer is simple, if there was one free PDF creator that did …