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This week in PDF: Bitstream adds support for PDF/VT

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This week in PDF has seen announcements relating to a pair of variable data printing solutions. Meanwhile, news has reached Planet PDF that an industry body dedicated to PDF/A has appointed a new chair.

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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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Free PDF accessibility talk by Duff Johnson

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Making PDF documents accessible to users with visual or other impairments is an important — and sometimes mandatory — part of posting PDF content online. In his December 9 talk for Acrobatusers.com, PDF accessibility maven Duff Johnson will outline ways to build accessible PDF documents using the relevant features in Adobe Acrobat 9.

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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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How Reader Extensions should be sold

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Reader Extensions allows the free Adobe Reader to perform functions otherwise only available in Adobe’s Acrobat desktop software. Unfortunately, the current pricing model has been a barrier to the adoption of Reader Extensions by small-to-medium organizations. In this article, Duff Johnson suggests ways that Adobe could better position this useful functionality to get more ‘bang for its buck.’

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PDF is green tech for your office

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Every PDF sent, saved or submitted reduces your carbon footprint and saves money too. Appligent Document Solutions CEO Duff Johnson looks at the role PDF can play in the environmentally-aware and budget-conscious office.

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The content that endures: What to know about PDF/A

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What is PDF/A? Why do we need it and how do we use it? Duff Johnson answers these questions and more in his in-depth look at PDF/A — the standard for long-term document archival.

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PDF goes to ISO: The road ahead

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In his second of two articles on the topic, Duff Johnson looks at the consequences of PDF’s adoption as a formal standard, drawing on input from 3rd-party PDF gurus and PDF originator, Adobe Systems.

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