Tag: practices

Reducing PDF File Size (Optimizing PDFs)

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PDF is a powerful technology that can produce large, unwieldy files. Ideally, each PDF should be optimized for its intended purpose, audience and delivery method. This article talks about optimization and shows how to slim down over-sized PDF files using Acrobat.

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Best Acrobat keyboard shortcuts — a handy list

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Acrobat is a powerful program with a lot of features. Unfortunately, this can mean that it can also take a little while to find the features that you want via the classic mouse-based approach. To help users get the most out of Acrobat, PDFforLawyers.com’s Ernest Svenson has made a list of his favorite keyboard shortcuts — downloadable as a PDF, of course.

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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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PDF: The sustainable document technology

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What do you think of when you hear the phrase, ‘green technologies’? Perhaps solar panels, electric cars and carbon-neutral wind generators? In this article, Planet PDF Founder and Debenu CEO Karl De Abrew outlines ways to make offices more eco-friendly using PDF technology.

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Quark joins Ghent PDF Workgroup

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Quark Inc. has announced its membership in the Ghent PDF Workgroup (GWG), an international assembly of graphic arts professionals established to create, test, and disseminate best practices and specifications for publishing workflows.

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What does Section 508 mean for your PDFs?

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A paragraph-by-paragraph review of the code, and it’s implications for your PDF files.

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Accessible PDF: A Strategic Review

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In February, 2003, I argued on Planet PDF that accessibility is a big issue for Adobe Systems – and for the future of the PDF format. See that article, and a sidebar: Comparing Tagged PDF to Accessibility for the Masses for my suggestion. With the release of Reader and Acrobat 6.0 and the Read Aloud feature, Adobe took a major step towards my recommendation for adopting an Accessibility for the Masses perspective. If you have Reader 6.0 and speakers attached, open a PDF and try a Control-Shift-V. (You’ll be glad to know that Control-Shift-E stops it!).

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PDF files can comply with Section 508. Now it’s your move.

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Problem: you host PDF files, and they are some of the most heavily downloaded files on your site. You need to make them compliant with Section 508. At the same time, you want them to deliver a good experience to the end-user, beyond formal compliance. Can it be done?

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An Introduction to Accessible PDF

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Accessibility is not an especially familiar concept in the computing world. Most of us encounter the idea of accessibility often enough by way of special vehicle parking spaces, ramps, braille signage, beeping crosswalks, and so on. Improving accessibility is more than a courtesy, it is an accepted and vital goal of any advanced society.

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Resources on Adobe Acrobat and PDF Accessibility

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International standards and how-to guides.

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