Reader Extensions: Under the hood

If a PDF document has Reader Extensions enabled, then certain features that are normally only available in Adobe Acrobat are also available in the free Adobe PDF Reader. These features include saving (form) data locally and applying digital signatures. Frank Rem takes a look "under the hood" to gain a better understanding of how Reader...
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InDesign Character Styles & EPUB

I’ve been head deep into EPUB… and wanted to share another finding with InDesign CS5.5. A short post only, because I’m in the middle of work InDesign CS5.5 now recognises character styles that are applied through nested styles and GREP styles during EPUB export.  That’s very cool!  It adds a span tag with class references...
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Multi-Find/Change 1.02 Released

Martinho da Gloria (www.automatication.com), this week released the 1.02 update for the Mulit-Find/Change plug-in he developed for InDesign. About this plug-in Whether it’s to fix common formatting issues in manuscripts you import in InDesign for book and EBook publishing, such as removal of double tabs, spaces, paragraph returns, conversion of hyphens to en or em-dashes...
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Useful Photoshop Tools and Techniques For Your Workflow

  Productivity is a crucial asset of professional designers. Photoshop is an extremely powerful application for photo processing and image manipulation, and we can make it even more powerful by using handy tools, actions, plugins and templates to save time for solving mundane regular tasks. The better our professional tool set is, the more time we...
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What are you putting in your PDF files?

PDF files are generally judged on how they appear. The problem is that a well-crafted PDF (basically, one that works) and a horrible PDF (one that doesn't) can look identical onscreen. Mark Stephens from IDRsolutions explains how to spot the difference and why it matters...
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Pixel Perfection When Rotating, Pasting And Nudging In Photoshop

  When creating Web and app interfaces, most designers slave over every single pixel, making sure it’s got exactly the right color, texture and position. If you’re not careful, though, some common functions like moving, rotating and pasting can undo your hard work, resulting in a blurry mess. But with some small changes to your workflow,...
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PDF Accessibility and InDesign CS5.5

InDesign CS5.5, brings with it several improvements. Several that you don’t have to do anything about. They’re just there, and work! You can continue using the same workflows. Accessible PDF documents is one such area. You can create accessible PDFs for Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Reader, or other software such as screen readers. InDesign CS5.5 automatically...
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Surviving the Technological Onslaught: Effective Print Media Tactics

The mere fact that people still like the feel of paper and print is not enough for print media to overcome the many advantages of Web media. This is true not just for regular publications like newspapers and magazines, but basically for any sort of print media, even marketing flyers and brochures. Tags: _GUIND (Removed)...
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EDITORIAL: Most PDF viewers can’t handle PDF/X

Report cards are in after VIGC recently tested PDF viewers for compatibility with PDF/X (PDF-based standards for printing). Sadly, the most common grade was "F". Dan Shea sings a few bars in praise of the humble Adobe Reader, and explains why you might want to save a little extra hard drive space to use it...
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Photo Retouching Tips And Tricks In Photoshop

  Two weeks ago we published the first part of Photoshop tips and tricks for photo retouching. Today, we'll be presenting the rest of the article. We hope that these techniques will be quite useful for your workflow. You may know some of them, but hopefully not all of them. We have had articles on various...
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EDITORIAL: Should malformed PDF files be automatically repaired?

PDF files come in all shapes and sizes. They vary from relatively simple to mind-numbingly complex. PDFs can also differ in their degree of conformance to the PDF specification -- the bad ones are often called malformed PDFs. In this article, Rowan Hanna discusses the pros and cons of Adobe Acrobat automatically repairing these malformed...
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Adobe InDesign Tips I Wish I’d Known When Starting Out

I love Adobe InDesign. For multi-page documents, it’s the most flexible and complete application out there. Yet I remember how counter-intuitive some things were when I was learning it for the first time. Here are some tips I wish I had known when starting out, as well as some answers to questions that others often...
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Problem when printing PDF and page comes out grey?

After a question from one of his readers, PDFforLawyers.com's Ernest Svenson seeks to resolve what seems to be a common problem with printing PDF documents and having them improperly come out gray. He explores the issue in this article...
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Useful Photoshop Tips And Tricks For Photo Retouching

  When it comes to designing in Photoshop, there is a myriad of ways one could use to achieve a certain result, especially when it comes to photo retouching. Designers use technique they are most confident as well as comfortable with, which is great because it's always useful to peek into the workflow of our colleagues...
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SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT: E-learning security case study

Canada Care Global (CCG) needed to protect training courses which are available for download from its web site from being copied and distributed without the company's knowledge. This case study outlines how CCG used LockLizard Safeguard PDF Security to protect its training programs from piracy...
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Shortcut for fast PDF page navigation

Of all the shortcuts you need to know, being able to quickly jump to a particular page in a PDF is most important. Let's say you have a 43 page PDF and you're reviewing it with someone by phone. They ask you to jump to page 30, and you're on page 1. How quickly can...
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ePublishing Workflow Webinar

The Digital Publishing market is exploding, so it’s now more important than ever to learn how to create e-books, e-magazines, e-catalogs, and more. The ePublishing Workflow Webinar will give you the skills you need to stay relevant and on top of this second digital publishing revolution. Keep reading ePublishing Workflow Webinar on Pariah Burke Publishing...
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Designing Pages in Dreamweaver with CSS3

 All the hype about HTML5 and CSS3 has Web designers chomping at the keyboard to make the Web more beautiful. With all of the warnings that these cool new features may not be ready for prime time, what should you do today? Here are a few of my favorite new CSS3 techniques that work well...
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5 Ways to Optimize Your PDF for SEO

PDF is an excellent format for many business materials that you post on your company website, such as flyers, resumes, company statistics, product information, and so on. Many business owners, however, feel that they cannot or should not use PDFs on their website for fear of hurting their search engine rankings. In actuality, PDFs can...
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