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Shawna McAlearney

Shawna McAlearney is the Marketing Specialist for Appligent Document Solutions.
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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…

Slides and video recordings of PDF Days Europe 2018

You missed the PDF Days Europe 2018? Never mind! Here you can find the slides and video recordings of all 32 stunning sessions!

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.

PDF/VT: A New Communication Standard

Frustrated by the delicate balance of wanting maximum printing speed, but being slowed by data processing needs, Printing Industries of America is drawing the attention of the printing and communications industries to the PDF/VT standard by explaining how its benefits can offer a solution.

“The PDF/VT standard designed for both variable and transactional document printing is built upon PDF/X-4 and PDF/X-5 and thereby supports the imaging within these PDF versions,” wrote the group. “Of importance with this is the support for transparency blending modes, layers and ICC color management.”

“There are a number of flavors of the PDF/VT format with PDF/VT-1 being a single self contained file with the advantages that this offers; PDF/VT-2 allows external PDF objects to be referenced while PDF/VT-2s supports live streaming allowing segmented sections of data to be processed,” wrote the group. They believe PDF/VT will take several years to take hold but look to realize real-world benefits in the next 18 months.

Tags: High Volume Printing, Output Management, PDF/VT-1, PDF/VT-2s, PDF/X-4, PDF/X-5, Variable data printing
Categories: PDF/VT, PDF/X