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[21 May 2009 | No Comment | ]

Drop by our sister site, 4XPDF for a quick top 7 reasons (and solutions) for what to do when your PDF will not open:
1. The display in browser feature is a dead duck.
2. Your PDF corrupted when you downloaded, and it’s stuck in the cache.
3. The PDF was damaged in the conversion process.
4.  You only have part of the file.
5. Your email scanner/spam agent renamed the PDF for security reasons.
6. Your PDF has an open-password.
7. Your PDF needs a custom security plug-in (usually for ebooks, corporate documents…)
Maybe next time, you shouldn’t leave …

PDF Search »

[15 Sep 2008 | No Comment | ]

Previously we’ve covered online PDF search engine PDFoo.com, but now it appears that there are a number of other online PDF search engines appearing on the scene. A recent blog post, PDF Search Engines Begin to Emerge, from Investintech, talks about three other options:

Data-Sheet
Pdfgeni.com 
pdf Search Engine 
PDFoo.com

All of these search engines allow you to search PDF content online and provide a more targeted and smaller results page than Google.
Do they provide better results than Google? I will let you be the judge of that.

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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[5 Sep 2008 | No Comment | ]

A number of online PDF editors are starting to emerge, and I believe it’s a trend that’s only going to continue, perhaps culminating in Adobe releasing a truly online version of Acrobat.
Previously we’ve looked at PDF Hammer and now we’re going to look at PDFescape. I found PDFescape generally pretty easy to use and the list of features it includes are impressive for an online editor:

View PDFs online
Fill out PDF Forms
Add text and shapes
Move and delete pages
Insert links
Create new form fields
Share & collaborate
Store PDFs online

There are some limitations in place …

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[3 Sep 2008 | One Comment | ]

Long-time PDF expert Duff Johnson has shared some of his initial thoughts on Google’s new Chrome browser:
I had wondered if Google was going to (try to) write their own PDF viewer for Chrome.  Not this time; the installer seems to find and use the Acrobat/Reader plugin, assuming it’s already installed into Firefox or (presumably) IE. That’s a good start.
Too bad, that would have been a handy feature. Luckily, I think there’s a good chance this feature will be added in the future, since Google Doc’s users can already view PDFs in …

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[1 Sep 2008 | 2 Comments | ]

There’s a few online services that offer free PDF creation, but there are barely any that offer free online PDF editing, like PDFHammer does. It allows you to merge PDF files together, reorder and delete pages, apply password-based security and add and edit document metadata fields like author, title, subject and keywords.
All from the comfort of your browser, without having to download anything to your desktop. Pretty cool.

General News, PDF Conversion, PDF Creation, PDF Online »

[28 Aug 2008 | One Comment | ]

Mozilla Labs have just released Ubiquity, an experiment in using command-like calls to interact with web services. Users of the Google ‘command-line’ — if you don’t know what I’m talking about at this point type time in new york into Google — will most likely find this tool pretty useful.

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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 …

Free, General News, PDF Creation »

[20 Aug 2008 | One Comment | ]

Rowan reported back in late June that (very) popular PDF Download 2.0 Firefox add-on had hit beta, well, now after almost a month, its ready for center stage.
One of the main benefits it offers is the generation of active hyperlinks within the PDF — which has been a common complaint amongst other free online HTML -> PDF converters.
In addition, the new version also offers a feature to convert (any) web page to PDF and shoot it off to you via email, free of charge.
Disclaimer: pdf download is sponsored by Nitro …

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[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 …

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[28 Jun 2008 | One Comment | ]

PDF Download 2.0 is now in beta. You can sign up for the beta program here. New features will include: Web to PDF (new); Better PDF to HTML; Cleaner interface; and Wider support…

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[16 Jun 2008 | No Comment | ]

Google Docs now includes support for PDFs. You can upload and share PDFs just like you can Word or Excel files. It also allows you to copy and search text in PDFs.

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[20 May 2008 | No Comment | ]

Yesterday we covered PDFoo which allows you to search an index of PDF files found on websites across the Internet. Today we’re covering a Firefox add-on called pdf-google-finder which allows you to find all PDFs that are available from a particular website.
pdf-google-finder adds a menu entry called “Find PDFs for this domain” which will open a new tab with a Google search for PDF files for the domain you are currently browsing.
This is still an experimental add-on and as such doesn’t properly work with Firefox 3 yet (at least on …

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[20 May 2008 | 2 Comments | ]

We’ve previously covered Loop for Firefox which allows you to “Upload, convert and combine your files to PDF from a tidy toolbar, without the conversion getting in the way of your Web browsing”.
But if you’re just looking for a Firefox add-on that helps you convert web pages to PDF then you should check out PrintPDF.
Currently this Firefox add-on only supports Firefox 3 and doesn’t create hyperlinks in the PDF files.
Once you have installed PrintPDF simply go to File > Print to PDF to convert the web page you are currently …

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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 …