Author: Bernd Zipper

PDF Workflow: Doing It Your Way

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Bernd Zipper compares the pros and cons of purchasing a single-vendor, closed workflow system or opting to build an open one using standard, off-the-shelf products. The tools are there for a ‘Do-It-Yourself’ solution, which lowers the point of entry considerably. Zipper cautions, however, that the home-grown approach ‘places a high premium on the know-how and commitment of the individual employees, who must learn to deal with each tool without losing sight of the overall workflow.’

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PDF Collaboration: WebDAV In Action

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With the corporate enterprise as a key market Adobe had in mind during the development of Acrobat 5.0, considerable effort went into expanding the product’s capabilities for online workgroup collaborations. Last month The Seybold Report took a close look at the pros and cons, testing the setup and use of WebDAV (Web Document Authoring and Versioning) and PDF. We’re re-publishing their detailed review with permission; the article is also available as a seven-page PDF.

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PDF Collaboration: WebDAV In Action – Microsoft’s Impact

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Although
we did not test any Microsoft applications, they will have a significant
impact on the use of online PDFs, especially in the corporate enterprise.
Since the majority of Acrobat users are not involved in traditional graphic
arts but are part of law firms, insurance agencies, government bodies
and so on, we can expect Microsoft’s and Adobe’s Web and collaboration
tools to develop a decidedly ‘corporate’ aspect.

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PDF Collaboration: WebDAV In Action – Signatures & Forms

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When Acrobat 5 was released, online digital signatures were presented as an
integral part of a collaborative PDF workflow. We assumed, erroneously,
that these would be handled in the same manner as online comments — via
shared folders or WebDAV. Instead, we learned that online signatures had
to be implemented in a more cumbersome way, which unfortunately we were
unable to test.

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PDF Collaboration: WebDAV In Action – Installation and Setup of WebDAV

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In general, a WebDAV server has modest hardware requirements. A Pentium
or PowerPC-based system with at least 128 MB RAM and 4GB disk space is
sufficient for the Acrobat workflow we tested. WebDAV can be installed
on most modern server operating systems, including Windows NT Server,
Windows 2000 Professional, OS X and Linux. An optimum configuration was
achieved, in our opinion, was achieved by using Red Hat Linux, Apache
and the WebDAV Extension.

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PDF Collaboration: WebDAV In Action – Installation and Setup of WebDAV

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In general, a WebDAV server has modest hardware requirements. A Pentium
or PowerPC-based system with at least 128 MB RAM and 4GB disk space is
sufficient for the Acrobat workflow we tested. WebDAV can be installed
on most modern server operating systems, including Windows NT Server,
Windows 2000 Professional, OS X and Linux. An optimum configuration was
achieved, in our opinion, was achieved by using Red Hat Linux, Apache
and the WebDAV Extension.

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PDF Collaboration: WebDAV In Action – The HTML Communications Standard

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Before
we can share PDF files on the Web, we must first find a way to get them
there. Despite promises in numerous marketing brochures, putting data
online is not often an easy matter. Absent any support from CGI scripts,
the online data must usually be uploaded to the Web server using an FTP
application; the normal browser will not suffice.

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