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What is PDF Preflight?

What is preflight and why would I want to preflight PDF files? Isn’t PDF the perfect file format after all? Learn how preflight and PDF fit together and why it is a good idea to preflight PDF files.

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What’s the Problem With This PDF?

PDF files are ideal for graphic arts workflows, but… they have to be created properly! If that is not the case all sorts of things can go wrong; discover the ugly sides of a perfect file format.

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Knowing What to Look For

Figuring out what to check for during preflight is not easy; isn’t there someone out there who has done this before and can tell me what to do?

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Getting Started – Developing for PDF

When you first decide to develop a solution around Acrobat/PDF you need to know what’s out there, who’s developing what and more importantly you need to think like a PDF Programmer.

In this article we explore the resources available to you, regardless if you are developing your own solution from scratch, piecing together multiple third party solutions or even just automating Acrobat to solve a particular workflow issue.

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Developing with Acrobat Javascript

Adobe have integrated a fully fledged scripting language inside Acrobat – Javascript (ECMA Script). This provides document authors, developers and system integrators with the ability to automate and maintain their PDF documents from within Acrobat.

However when we talk about Javascript inside Acrobat we need to think slightly out of the box to get a proper handle on the capabilities and limitations, we explore how to think ‘AcroJS’ in this article.

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Developing with PDF Forms

PDF Forms have great potential, everything from dynamic database driven content to simply capturing data from end users.

When we think about online forms we generally think of HTML based forms, in this article we explore some of the key differences between HTML and PDF Forms and also the limitations of HTML as a means for online forms. We also explain what it takes to develop Forms in PDF and also the related solutions and technologies already in abundance that can make your life easier.

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Developing with Inter-Application Communication (IAC)

IAC in a nutshell is a method for programmatically taking control over another application and automating its toolset. The other application in this case is Acrobat (Std/Pro) and the program that’s taking control is your application which could be written in Delphi, Visual Basic (including VBA) or C++.

We look in detail at how to build solutions using Acrobat’s built-in Inter-Application Communication toolset. In no time we can be productive and be writing solutions to automate our daily Acrobat/PDF workflows.

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Learning Center – Introduction to Acrobat Development

When you first decide to develop a solution around Acrobat/PDF you need to know what’s out there, who’s developing what and more importantly you need to think like a PDF Programmer. JavaScript, IAC, Plug-ins, Forms … We introduce you to the lot in this Developer Learning Center.

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PDF and Color Spaces

An introduction to color spaces and the use of color management processes to ensure faithful print production output.

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Color Spaces in Practice

So which color space is the best? How do PDF color spaces relate to those for PostScript? These and other real-World considerations are tackled in this piece.

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