Author: David Fishel

Why PDF in legal? #3 — The Unified Document Theory

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About 10 years ago, the industry practice was to scan paper documents to TIFF images, run an OCR process to create a searchable text record, and then add the relevant metadata to a bibliographic database. Managing three layers of data for every document was time-consuming and inefficient. Surely there had to be an easier way! PDFforLawyers.com’s Dave Fishel explains.

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Why PDF in legal? #2 — Because You Are a Publisher

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Lawyers are publishers. They research, write, edit, and publish (under deadlines), just like journalists, authors, academics, etc. The good news is that, because of PDF’s roots in the publishing industry, there is a huge body of knowledge about workflow, automation, and customization of PDFs in that business. Legal folks would do well to learn from existing workflows and tools.

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Navigating a Long Document

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We all know how frustrating it can be to manually navigate through long PDF documents. Bookmarks and links help, but what about if they are inappropriately spaced or have not been created? Dave Fishel of PDFforLawyers.com provides a quick tip that can help ease the pain.

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Why PDF in legal? #1 — Because the Judge Said So

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There are many excellent reasons to get good at using PDF in legal practice. One compelling motivation is that it is the standard for electronic filing in the Federal Courts. The rollout of the eFiling/case management program from the Administrative Office for the US Courts is well underway.

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OCR Tutorial for Acrobat

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A step-by-step guide to making image-only PDF documents searchable using Acrobat — a must-read for lawyers or other professionals looking to convert large volumes of scanned files. This tutorial from PDFforLawyers.com’s David Fishel covers versions 4, 5 and 6 of Acrobat and explains their relative strengths with respect to Optical Character Recognition (OCR).

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