Articles tagged with: PDF Rant
PDF Standards »
Years ago when we used to talk about PDF as being the most prominent document format, we’d always have to add a quick, under-the-breath, “de-facto standard”. But PDF has finally matured. It is no longer a de-facto standard used when and why it seemed appropriate. Nope, PDF is a big boy now.
Adobe Acrobat, PDF Standards »
It’s funny. For years Adobe had to tread a thin line between generating revenue from the electronic document format that they created and not stepping on the toes of the vibrant community of independent developers which sprung up around the Portable Document Format in its early years — and played a significant role in the rise of this astoundingly popular format.
Adobe Acrobat, PDF Security, PDF Standards »
Today a couple of PDFs landed on my desktop with an odd affliction that I have not previously encountered.
PDF Scanners »
Paper is now being used more than ever before. It’s not just the dead trees that cause the problem; it’s the paper-production process which causes the majority of the concern. From the large amount of energy consumption required to break down wood pulp into paper to the burning or recycling of old magazines, papers and books. What can you do about it…?
General News, Windows 7 »
How loudly have you screamed that (along with a few other things) when you decided to leave it until the last minute to complete your IRS tax forms. Here’s a few tips and tricks to make sure that your PDF *does* open…
There is an interesting conversation going on over at Pogue’s Posts, an New York Times blog, discussing why PDFs are still primarily created in portrait orientation and not landscape. The instigator argues that because we are printing less and less PDFs to paper, that we shouldn’t be restricted by portrait mode and that more user manuals and such things should be printed in landscape orientation.
General News »
Within 5 years, PDF is expected to be in use as a long-term storage format by 93% of the organizations surveyed in the AIIM research report, Content Creation and Delivery – The On-Ramps and Off-Ramps of ECM.
Along with Jakob Nielson (back in June of 2001), the guys at bMighty don’t think too much of PDF when it’s not being used for printing… in their eyes, PDF is a obsolete paper metaphor, not suited to the fluidity, navigation and scalability of the Web.
Acrobat 9, Adobe Acrobat »
I was about to write a post mocking Live Search for displaying a spam site as the number one search result for “acrobat 9 download”, until I did searches on Google and Yahoo for the same terms, at which point I decided to mock them all.
PDF isn’t a cool technology (from other peoples perspective!) to work with whichever way you look at it. The mere mention of its name doesn’t get you any dates, for example. Instead, mentioning that you work with PDFs to someone is more likely to get the sort of response that is usually reserved for librarians: “Oh, I see… that must be… interesting… sorting all those… books.”
Editorials, General News, Windows 7 »
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.
PDF Online »
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.
Then head on over to Download.com and do a search for “pdf” and browse through the search results to see how many times each program has been downloaded.
Michael Cartwright of Solid Documents provides some remedies for Jacon Nielson’s suggestion that PDF is unfit for human consumption in his recent article at Planet PDF, “Make PDF Files Web-Friendly”.
Acrobat 9, General News »
In what appears to be a fairly peculiar attempt to do a bait-and-switch, Software HQ provides provides a version of their so-called “compatible with Adobe Acrobat product” at a site titled “acrobat9.0-pdf.com” [a domain called 0-pdf.com, with a subdomain of acrobat9].