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Have we passed ‘peak PDF’?

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…

Automated Printer Management for PDF Documents in new Sales Software

IREKS GmbH, founded in 1856, is a world-leading manufacturer of baking ingredients and brewing malt. More than 2,300 employees work in the corporation. The company’s product portfolio encompasses a wide variety of baking ingredients and mixes, malt extracts and dried sour pastry. Their solutions are sold through an international sales force comprised of over 400 knowledgeable baking and pastry masters. Soft ice cream and agricultural trade are further business areas.

Customer Application Requirements
Previously at IREKS GmbH, the processing of orders from acquisition through to invoicing was accomplished using the internal IT department’s RPG applications. All documents, for example delivery notices and invoices were created and printed using IBM System-i. For the future, the existing applications should be replaced by a new user-friendly and Window-based sales software solution. To achieve this, new requirements were placed on the IT department. This included automatically printing the PDF documents created in the system onto different template forms.

In addition, the application had to consolidate the file name, printer name, paper tray, format and total number of copies, and transfer them to the respective printer as a print job. In case of error, a meaningful message had to be returned. The responsible developers needed a software tool that could manage all of these requirements, and decided on the 3-Heights™ PDF Printer from PDF Tools AG.

The 3-Heights™ PDF Printer is called out through a shell command that is integrated in the new RGSoft sales software. RGSoft is a Delphi application that accesses the System-i database via ODBC. The installation and distribution of the printer software on the client PCs and Citrix was easily accomplished.

Read more (PDF): Automated Printer Management for PDF Documents in new Sales Software using the 3-Heights™ PDF Printer

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