How do we gain insight into how users’ views of documents are shifting? Google Trends is an increasingly interesting source of high-level marketplace data. By aggregating Google’s search data over time, reporting a term’s popularity as compared with all other searches.Participating in the PDF Techniques Accessibility Summit
The PDF Techniques Accessibility Summit’s objective is to establish a broad-based understanding of how PDF files should be tagged for accessibilty. It’s an opportunity to focus on establishing a common set of examples of accessible PDF content, and identify best-practice when tagging difficult cases.Members supporting PDF features!
The typical adoption curve for PDF technologies until approximately 2007 tended to track with that of the original PDF developer. Since then the marketplace has shifted; it’s no longer clear that Adobe drivesPDF feature support worldwide. Accordingly, we are happy to report that adoption of PDF 2.0 continues apace, with new vendors announcing their support every month.Modernizing PDF Techniques for Accessibility
The PDF Techniques Accessibility Summit will identify best-practices in tagging various cases in PDF documents. Questions to be addressed will likely include: the legal ways to tag a nested list, the correct way to caption multiple images, the appropriate way to organize content within headings.Refried PDF
My hospital emailed me a medical records release form as a PDF. They told me to print it, fill it, sign it, scan it and return it to the medical records department, in that order. In 2018? To get the form via email (i.e., electronically), yet be asked to print it? Did the last 20 years just… not mean anything! So I thought I’d be clever. I’d fill it first, THEN print it. Or better yet, never print it, but sign it anyhow, and return it along with a note making the case for improving their workflow. The story continues…
Smart phones are in every pocket, including grandma’s. And she needs access to her PDF documents as well.
Based on the premise of a fixed layout, the page-description model better known as PDF was developed during a time where documents were exclusively viewed on desktop monitors, or printed. The advent of much smaller screens, and screens of many sizes, presents a variety of challenges and opportunities – in the PDF paradigm.
This article surveys just a few of the creative ways in which PDF software vendors are addressing the question of mobile devices. Far from a problem to be overcome, in many cases PDFs unique capabilities high-fidelity, resolution-independent rendering, annotations and other features are put to work to bring unique solutions to an extraordinary variety of business problems.
Lets look at a few examples.
PDF Tools AG‘s Swiss-made software is a critical part of Lufthansas EFB, or Electronic Flight Bag. The EFB provides flight personnel with all the information, general and flight-specific, they require on a single device.
Lufthansas EFB supports every cockpit process for flight preparation, execution and wrap-up. PDFs ability to deliver exact color and transparencies and resolution-independent graphics in precise fixed layouts is essential to reference materials used in flight operations. PDF Tools AG’s 3-Height PDF Viewer was selected because of its speed and ability to display all necessary features.
Delivering a sophisticated PDF viewing SDK for iOS and Android, and soon a Web SDK, PSPDFKit is implemented by Box and many leading mobile Board meeting applications, where exchange and markup of PDF documents is fundamental to every meeting.
The software includes a number of features that add crucial polish to mobile applications using PDF, including fast rendering of complex content, even with rapid zooming, to key convenience features such as automatically detecting text blocks and zooming in on a double-tap.
For most users, using PDF documents on their mobile devices is just the way it is; a large volume of their real-world content (contracts, textbooks, blueprints) are PDF files. Xodo, the fastest-growing PDF viewer / annotator on Googles PlayStore, is proving that PDF remains in high demand irrespective of the size of the screen.
Xodo is powered by the PDFNet SDK developed by PDFTron Systems Inc. PDFTrons SDK offers a unique reflow solution that enabled Xodo users to read PDFs with high fidelity while maintaining text annotations, hyperlinks, and original look and feel of PDF document (including fonts, colors, and style).
Document capture is changing. Instead of a traditional scanner, users are increasingly photographing documents using their smart phones. While convenient, the output often poses challenges for OCR and indexing systems.
Luratechs imaging and PDF expertise, delivered via high level interface SDKs, allows developers to rapidly produce or enhance scanning apps to control image quality at the source, converting smart phone images into clean PDF/A documents.
GEAR.its RadaeePDF rendering engine for mobile devices is a key component of the companys MobileReplica framework allowing publishers to deliver PDF content with interactive media.
First presented at the Copenhagen PDF Accessibility Days in November, 2015, xyMedia‘s axesPDF Reader is an Android-based prototype leveraging tagged PDF, with a planned release sometime in the first half of 2017.
The software features structure-based navigation and reliable text reflow and customization based on the documents structure. A contrast mode and screen reader support is also included.
PDFix brings a brand new experience to working with PDF files. The full-featured API specializes in content and data extraction by inferring logical reading order and semantics from unstructured PDF content, which allows a fully responsive view. This semantic information is fully retained and understood, which allows for Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning Analysis.
The software is available as an SDK for Mac, Windows, Linux, iOS & Android.