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Thinking Beyond the PDF
January 20, 2011

Duff Johnson considers the Beyond the PDF workshop and suggests PDF/E as a means of developing real-world solutions for science publishing.

January 20, 2011

Help Build PDF/E!
January 20, 2011

Interested engineers, scientists and others with a stake in the future of dynamic electronic document technology should get involved with the PDF/E Committee and help fashion the next-generation of scientific, technical and engineering publishing.

January 20, 2011

Duff Johnson reviews a recent report on PDF content accessibility produced by the Australian federal government. The Report accurately characterizes the current state of affairs for Assistive Technology (AT) users attempting to interact with PDF content. However, it does not clearly identify the reasons why most AT users have a poor experience with PDF. Additionally, the Report provides no comparison of PDF accessibility, functionality, remediation complexity or cost with alternative formats. As a result, several of the Report’s key conclusions are unsupported by the data presented.

January 5, 2011

Topics include the PDF/A Competence Center extending its range at CeBIT and PDF/A around the world. Technically the PDF/A standard is very much a global truth. But the way different companies, associations and governments decide to use the standard differs substantially and that is reflected in how quickly and thoroughly the ISO standard is adopted locally. In most projects around the wold people remain very focused on the archival side of the problem and miss other opportunities as a result. What are you missing?

January 1, 2011

The introduction of the new act about the funding of childcare in Zurich had raised the question how to efficiently handle contracts in an enterprise content management environment. The regulation resulted in 60,000 households needing to communicate changes in their household and financial situation on a yearly basis. The entire handling was considerably simplified by means of the comprehensive solution implemented by Advellence. The solution includes the “Information Manager” ELOenterprise, an SAP interface as well as the 3-Heights™ Document Converter Service.

December 27, 2010

At our 2010 Ottawa conference, I’m struck by the range of issues before these Committees and the dedication of the people who manage the PDF format. PDF is clever enough to accommodate the wide range of purposes confronting any electronic replacement for paper. You’ll find PDFs everywhere – from Navy ships to clinical trials to printing presses to corporate and government websites. The format’s breadth and depth of features is a testimony to its status as one of the most horizontal of end-user technologies.

December 3, 2010

Topics include: PDF/A-2 Ratified, PDF/A Coming to U.S. Courts, D-Lib Magazine and PDF accessibility. In PDF, accessibility is assured by adding “tags” – markers that identify the correct order of objects and the semantics of the document. Tags strongly resemble the HTML tags on which they were modeled. But what’s the “correct order”?

December 1, 2010

Interact Consulting was appointed by a large German insurance provider to automate the email archiving process for personal email belonging to its claims handlers. The new solution should enable claims handlers to induce the import process for personal email considered worthy of archiving, thereby triggering the archiving process. The challenge lay in developing an automated archiving process for the many millions of emails per year. The choice fell on the solution from PDF Tools AG due to the high throughput rate, stability and reliability of its 3?Heights™ Document Converter Service.

November 11, 2010

A PDF Page Is a Painting
November 8, 2010

When you create a PDF, you’re painting a picture. There’s no logical connection between the letters comprising a word; characters simply happen at a series of locations on the rendered page. Why does this matter?

November 8, 2010

The combination of instructive product demonstrations and practical presentations on PDF/A found considerable resonance among professional attendees at the DMS Expo. Interest in PDF/A was equally high in all areas of application, such as scanning and capture applications, output management or integration in an ECM system. Visitors at the DMS EXPO also learned about impending advances, particularly the PDF/A-2 part of the standard to be published next year. It enables new PDF functions such as JPEG2000 compression, layers and entire folder structures to be included in archiving. PDF/A-2 also supports new comment functions as well as transparency effects.

October 29, 2010

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