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PDF Scanners, Tips and Tutorials »

[31 Oct 2008 | One Comment | ]

Do you want to learn how to create high-quality digital documents from paper documents? If you replied with an emphatic yes, then I’ve got the perfect article for you. A guide to sharing documents takes you through the entire process: from getting the best results when scanning, to explaining the OCR’ing process and finally a demonstration on how to the best results when converting the scanned image to PDF.
This guide specializes on how to produce a digital document that is worth sharing. Namely the technical aspect, the trade-off between quality …

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?

Tips and Tutorials »

[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 …

Tips and Tutorials »

[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 Acrobat, Tips and Tutorials »

[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 …

Tips and Tutorials »

[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 …

Tips and Tutorials »

[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 …

Tips and Tutorials »

[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 …

Tips and Tutorials »

[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 …

Document Management »

[14 Aug 2008 | One Comment | ]

Although it might seem a little tedious, take the time to add tags, properties and info about a file when you want to rush it out the door — it will save you an incredible amount of time when you’re looking to retrieve it later. And it can give you a much better idea about the relevance of a document, without leafing through its contents
How do you find and edit this info? — if you can’t do it within your creation app (usually listed under ‘Properties’) — then you can …

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.

Tips and Tutorials »

[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 …