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Shawna McAlearney

Shawna McAlearney is the Marketing Specialist for Appligent Document Solutions.
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Using PDF/UA in accessibility checklists

PDF/UA, like PDF itself, is internally complex, but used correctly, actually makes things easier.

PDF Association expands its board of directors

Catherine Andersz of PDFTron Systems, Alaine Behler of iText Software and Peter Wyatt, ISO Project Leader for ISO 32000 enrich the newly elected board of the PDF Association.

PDF Days Europe 2018 concludes with record number of attendees

Richard Cohn, Principal Scientist at Adobe and the co-author of PDF 1.0, gave the opening keynote at the PDF Days Europe 2018.

Interview with René Treuber, Product Manager of axaio software, about PDF Days Europe 2018

René Treuber, Product Manager of axaio software, will be hosting a presentation titled “Introducing ISO standards for PDF “processing steps” and “print product metadata”” at the PDF Days Europe 2018. In this Interview he gives some background information about it.

Interview with Roman Toda, CTO of Normex, about PDF Days Europe 2018

Roman Toda, CTO of Normex, will be hosting a presentation titled “Encryption with PDF 2.0” at the PDF Days Europe 2018. In this interview he gives some background information about it.

PDF Tips: Selecting Text


There are many ways to select text to extract from a PDF. However, PDF has no concept of a “column” and that can complicate matters if the file isn’t tagged.

PDF guru Duff Johnson offers his tips to select text that spans columns, to select all the text on a single page, to select all the text in the PDF, and to select text that spans two or more pages.

For his review, he tested Adobe’s Reader, Apple’s Preview, Foxit’s Reader, Global Graphic’s gDoc Fusion, Google’s Viewer, Nitro’s Reader, Nuance’s Reader and Tracker’s PDF X-Change Viewer.


Tags: PDF Tips, extract text
Categories: PDF