Author: Duff Johnson

What you don’t know about PDF can hurt you

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There has been a lot written lately about the ‘insecurity’ of PDF. Depending on the case, security issues can arise due to complacency on the part of users, software vulnerabilities, or both. In this article, Appligent Document Solutions CEO Duff Johnson outlines the problems and offers advice for minimizing PDF-related security risks.

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Why PDF?

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‘What’s the purpose of PDF? Why can’t I just send Word or Excel files; why should I bother converting to PDF?’ In this in-depth article, Appligent Document Solutions CEO Duff Johnson answers these questions and more as he makes the case for PDF.

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Section 508 and PDF: The facts

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OK, so you need to ensure that your PDF documents are accessible and compliant with Section 508. How do you go about it? In this article, Appligent Document Solutions CEO Duff Johnson outlines 10 key facts relating to making compliant PDFs.

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Word doesn’t do Section 508, PDF gets the blame

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So, you think PDF is a problem when it comes to accessibility and Section 508 compliance? Some of the key gripes about the compliance of PDF files are actually due to limitations in Microsoft Word. Appligent Document Solutions CEO Duff Johnson explains in this feature article.

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Is PDF an open standard?

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On May 13, the founders of Adobe Systems stepped up to the microphone to deliver a response to Steve Jobs’ open letter about Flash. They say Adobe has acted on open standards while Apple offers mere words. In this article, Appligent Document Solutions CEO Duff Johnson provides some background that places their claims in context.

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No, PDF is NOT owned by Adobe!

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It is commonly believed that PDF is a proprietary format and that is owned by Adobe. Neither of these claims is now true — we all own PDF, explains Appligent Document Solutions CEO Duff Johnson.

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Four free PDF readers reviewed

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Almost every review of PDF software starts or ends with the complaint that Adobe’s Reader is bloated ‘for some unknown reason.’ As such, it is claimed, a need for alternative ‘lightweight’ free PDF viewing software was born. In this comparison of 4 well-known free PDF viewers, Duff Johnson addresses these claims.

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The Tablet: What it means for publishing

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The recent launch of the iPad, Apple’s tablet device, has set the Net buzzing. The release has Appligent Document Solutions CEO Duff Johnson thinking about the future of personal computing and what he calls ‘the tablet economy’ — a computing ecosystem centered around tablet-based devices. Duff outlines his predictions and offers some guidance for content publishers in this feature article.

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PDF on the iPhone: The first swipe

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With the extreme popularity of iPhones, PDF documents are even more portable than ever — with the appropriate applications, of course. Appligent Document Solutions’ CEO Duff Johnson reviews a range of PDF-related applications for the iPhone to help you find the best way to indulge your PDF habit when you are on the move.

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The PDF prescription for health care cost control

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Healthcare costs in the US have significantly outpaced inflation for several decades. Leaving aside the political questions of how care is financed or delivered, everyone agrees that controlling administrative costs is essential to bringing healthcare expenditures in-line. To treat this problem, Appligent Document Solutions CEO Duff Johnson has a prescription for the healthcare industry: PDF.

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