If you have lots of PDF files on your Mac and are worried about dealing with “a cluttered mess” as CNET’s Topher Kessler puts it, you have options. In addition to spotlight’s indexing, smart folders or consolidating the files in one location, iTunes can also be used to manage a library of PDF documents.
The Adobe PDF Guild is offering incentives to users to “participate in the learning quest” by using a point-based reward system that allows the users to “buy” items such as laptop stickers, thumb drives, T-shirts or possibly even the software.
The “Bavaria report” is a comparative review of PDF/A validators. It assesses the output of 7 PDF/A validation tools for conforming and non-conforming documents in the hope of providing guidelines for users and encouraging vendors of PDF/A validation tools to optimize their products.
The PDF/A Competence Center provides a wide range of experience and expertise to answer questions on all aspects of the growing body of PDF standards for document and enterprise content management. Since certification as ISO 19005-1:2005, PDF/A has become established as a preferred archiving format. Increasing numbers of companies and public authorities benefit from the advantage of ISO-standardized technology, ensuring reliability, fidelity and full text search capability in electronic documents.DF/A-2, the second part of the Standard, was ratified in December, 2010 and will be published in 2011. Are you ready for the enhancements it will bring?
Duff Johnson considers the Beyond the PDF workshop and suggests PDF/E as a means of developing real-world solutions for science publishing.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.