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For at least the third time this year, poor redaction practices have leaked sensitive information to the public. Apple see itself as the latest victim, this time because a California judge improperly redacted files in Apple’s copyright infringement lawsuit with Samsung. According to Atlantic Wire’s Adam Clark Estes, “U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh … attempted to redact nearly two dozen sentences or short fragments. But because of a formatting characteristic in the prior electronic version, the redacted material can be viewed by copying text from the PDF and pasting it into another document.”


PDF Week Begins
December 5, 2011

PDF Week, the twice yearly meeting in which members of several PDF ISO committees determine the future of the standards, begins today. PDF, PDF/A, PDF/UA, PDF/E are all on the agenda and more news will be coming soon.


PDF Format Better Than HTML
December 5, 2011

When it comes to documentation and user’s guides, nothing beats the ease of PDF. As more and more companies take the cost-cutting measure of no longer offering paper manuals, the decision of alternative formats becomes quite important. Even non-savvy users can easily locate a PDF and print the entire document or select pages without frustration, unlike similar materials in HTML. The Ledger’s Lonnie Brown takes a look at this issue when a friend’s printer manufacturer fails to offer PDFs of documentation.


Mac and PC users utilizing the Safari web browser can now view PDFs within web content thanks to a patch issued by Apple on Tuesday. The fix also addresses bugs including some relating to memory usage and overall stability.


UK-based Visual Technology Services says it has received a patent for its PDF3D Compression Technology called “Triangle Mesh Compression”.The GB2477368 patent covers “proprietary methods used to compress large terrain grids, typical of digital elevation maps, bathymetric survey data, in a 3D triangle mesh surface packaged within a standard PDF file, such that the resulting document is up to 60% smaller and more efficient to communicate, while enabling the recipient to open and review the 3D model with rotation, pan, zoom, location probe, fly-through interaction.”


Digital Printing: Then and Now
November 29, 2011

Global Graphics offers a good historical overview of digital printing and its relations to PDF/VT. The company highlights PDF as a strong option for variable data print because of the broad base of tools to manipulate PDF files, as well as its ability to handle different forms of transparency in VDP jobs, “as many older solutions cannot be efficiently extended to support all variations of PDF element blending.” Global Graphics notes that PDF/VT is designed to help make both creation and consumption of PDF-based variable data print jobs as efficient as possible. Would you like to learn more about the beginnings of digital printing or how PDF/VT can help you?


PDFs, whether whitepapers, case studies, documentation or anything else, are an important traffic driver for your website. HubSpot Blog offers 6 simple tips for optimizing your PDF documents to gain more exposure for your company’s important materials. Wouldn’t you like to learn more about how to ensure web crawlers find your PDF files?


The construction industry is beginning to realize PDF’s potential by leveraging it as a tool for digital project communication and collaboration, including requests for information, submittals, bids, estimates, punchlists and more. “What truly makes PDF valuable is its ability to be redlined and edited while still maintaining the underlying content,” writes Don Jacob. He cites the example of construction management firm Berry and project architect Perkins+Will who “used PDF, rather than paper, to distribute most project documents, eliminating more than 42,000 pages of paper from the project ( Overlook Center in Waltham, Mass.).”


A good slide presentation offering an overview of PDF/A and its use in the US Courts is available online. It includes tips for an organization preparing to embrace PDF/A and describes various PDF/A pitfalls including metadata, redaction, differing requirements for different agencies. The focus is on best practices and it lists a decent index of products for PDF/A creation and validation, and a lot more. Do you have customers preparing to embrace PDF/A?


If you work in the legal profession and you’re seeing that the U.S. Courts moving to PDF/A and want to follow the trend, Adobe’s Rick Borstein offers some tips. Borstein says, “I do not advise law firms to use PDF/A all of the time. PDF/A view mode in Acrobat will not allow you to do many of the day to day edits you need. For example, if you want insert pages in a PDF/A document, PDF/A View mode will prevent the change. Instead, I advise creating PDF documents using a PDF Setting which is easy to conform later to PDF/A. “