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PDF Conversion: Flattening as a Digital Best Practice


The recent press fiasco surrounding US President Barack Obama’s birth certificate is a watershed moment for PDF flattening: “the PDF document was released as a multi-layer graphical composition which was immediately preyed upon by hundreds of savvy image manipulators.” Because every element is an independent layer, writes Jacques Guillaumier on the Nitro PDF website, “the resultant set of 9 images is not typical of a PDF file produced from a scanned document, which should have produced one individual image.” With a little care, and a little PDF savvy, it need never have happened.


Author: Shawna McAlearney
Date: May 8, 2011

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PDF Conversion: Flattening as a Digital Best Practice

The recent press fiasco surrounding US President Barack Obama’s birth certificate is a watershed moment for PDF flattening: “the PDF document was released as a multi-layer graphical composition which was immediately preyed upon by hundreds of savvy image manipulators.”

Because every element is an independent layer, writes Jacques Guillaumier on the Nitro PDF website, “the resultant set of 9 images is not typical of a PDF file produced from a scanned document, which should have produced one individual image.”

With a little care, and a little PDF savvy, it need never have happened.