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PDF Hacks : Hacks Ser. - Sid Steward

PDF Hacks

Hacks Ser.

Paperback Published: 31st August 2004
ISBN: 9780596006556
Number Of Pages: 296

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PDF--to most of the world it stands for that rather tiresome format used for documents downloaded from the web. Slow to load and slower to print, hopelessly unsearchable, and all but impossible to cut and paste from, the Portable Document Format doesn't inspire much affection in the average user. But PDFs done right is another story. Those who know the ins and outs of this format know that it can be much more than electronic paper. Flexible, compact, interactive, and even searchable, PDF is the ideal way to present content across multiple platforms.

"PDF Hacks" unveils the true promise of Portable Document Format, going way beyond the usual PDF as paged output mechanism. PDF expert Sid Steward draws from his years of analyzing, extending, authoring, and embellishing PDF documents to present 100 clever hacks--tools, tips, quick-and-dirty or not-so-obvious solutions to common problems.

"PDF Hacks" will show you how to create PDF documents that are far more powerful than simple representations of paper pages. The hacks in the book cover the full range of PDF functionality, from the simple to the more complex, including generating, manipulating, annotating, and consuming PDF information. You'll learn how to manage content in PDF, navigate it, and reuse it as necessary. Far more than another guide to Adobe Acrobat, the book covers a variety of readily available tools for generating, deploying, and editing PDF.

The little-known tips and tricks in this book are ideal for anyone who works with PDF on a regular basis, including web developers, pre-press users, forms creators, and those who generate PDF for distribution. Whether you want to fine-tune and debug your existing PDF documents or explore the full potential the format offers, "PDF Hacks" will turn you into a PDF power user.

Creditsp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Consuming PDFp. 1
Read PDFs with the Adobe Readerp. 1
Read PDFs with Mac OS X's Previewp. 3
Read PDFs with Ghostscript's GSviewp. 5
Speed Up Acrobat Startupp. 5
Manage Acrobat Plug-Ins with Profiles on Windowsp. 7
Open PDF Files Your Way on Windowsp. 10
Copy Data from PDF Pagesp. 13
Convert PDF Documents to Wordp. 16
Browse One PDF in Multiple Windowsp. 19
Pace Your Reading or Present a Slideshow in Acrobat or Readerp. 23
Pace Your Reading or Present a Slideshow in Mac OS X Previewp. 26
Unpack PDF Attachments (Even Without Acrobat)p. 28
Jump to the Next or Previous Headingp. 29
Navigate and Manipulate PDF Using Page Thumbnailsp. 30
Managing a Collectionp. 33
Bookmark PDF Pages in Readerp. 33
Create Windows Shortcuts to Online PDF Pages with Acrobatp. 37
Create Windows Shortcuts to Local PDF Pagesp. 39
Turn PDF Bookmarks into Windows Shortcutsp. 41
Generate Document Keywordsp. 42
Index and Search Local PDF Collections on Windowsp. 45
Spinning Document Portalsp. 54
Spinning Collection Portalsp. 56
Identify Related PDFsp. 58
Authoring and Self-Publishing: Hacking Outside the PDFp. 61
Keep Your Source Smartp. 61
Convey Your Document's Value with Good Designp. 67
Create Charts and Graphs from Raw Datap. 72
Become a Publisherp. 75
Print at Home, at the Office, or at Kinko'sp. 77
Publish POD and E-booksp. 78
Sell Through Amazonp. 80
Sell Your Book, Sell Yourselfp. 80
Creating PDF and Other Editionsp. 82
Create Interactive PDF with Your Word Processorp. 82
Create a Printable, On-Screen Edition from Wordp. 86
Multipurpose PDFp. 87
Create an HTML Edition from Your Word Processorp. 88
Create a Handheld Edition from Your HTMLp. 91
Convert Documents from Tools You Don't Own to PDFp. 94
Acrobat Distiller and Its Profilesp. 95
Print to PDF with Ghostscript and RedMon on Windowsp. 97
Save As PDF with Mac OS Xp. 105
Maximize PDF Portabilityp. 106
Configure Distiller and Ghostscript for Your Purposep. 108
Embed and Subset Fonts to Your Advantagep. 111
Share a PDF Network Printer with Sambap. 116
Print to Image and Other Rasterizing Optionsp. 118
Print to SVGp. 121
Print Over the Internetp. 123
Create a PDF Album of Your Digital Picturesp. 125
Print to Fax on Windowsp. 128
Convert Incoming Faxes to PDF on Linuxp. 129
Manipulating PDF Filesp. 131
Split and Merge PDF Documents (Even Without Acrobat)p. 131
Encrypt and Decrypt PDF (Even Without Acrobat)p. 134
Add PDF Encryption Actions to Windows Context Menusp. 139
Add Attachments to Your PDF (Even Without Acrobat)p. 140
Easily Attach Your Document's Tablesp. 142
Add PDF Attachment Actions to Windows Context Menusp. 145
Create a Traditional Index Section from Keywordsp. 146
Rasterize Intricate Artwork with Illustrator or Photoshopp. 148
Crop Pages for Clarityp. 151
Refry Before Posting Documents Onlinep. 154
Copy Features from One PDF to Anotherp. 156
Polish Your PDF Editionp. 156
Add and Maintain PDF Bookmarksp. 159
Get and Set PDF Metadatap. 161
Add a Web-Style Navigation Bar to PDF Pagesp. 163
Copy-Protect Your PDFp. 166
Support Online PDF Readingp. 167
Force PDF Download Rather than Online Readingp. 169
Hyperlink HTML to PDF Pagesp. 171
Create an HTML Table of Contents from PDF Bookmarksp. 172
PDF Web Skinsp. 174
Share PDF Comments Online (Even Without Acrobat)p. 177
Tally Topic Popularityp. 179
Dynamic PDFp. 181
Collect Data with Online PDF Formsp. 181
Serve Filled-Out PDF Formsp. 186
Drive PDF Forms with Your Datap. 189
PDF Form-Filling Sessionsp. 194
Permanently Merge a PDF Form and its Datap. 197
Tool Up with pdftkp. 200
Decipher and Navigate PDF at the Text Levelp. 203
Edit PDF Code Freelyp. 204
Integrate pdftk with gVim for Seamless PDF Editingp. 206
Modify PDF Hyperlinks at Serve-Timep. 209
Tailor PDF Text at Serve-Timep. 215
Use HTML to Create PDFp. 222
Use Perl to Create PDFp. 223
Use PHP to Create PDFp. 225
Use Java to Create PDFp. 227
Assemble Pages and Serve PDFp. 228
Superimpose PDF Pagesp. 231
Generate PDF Documents from XML and CSSp. 234
Create PDF with XSL-FO and FOPp. 235
Scripting and Programming Acrobatp. 241
Modify or Convert Batches of Documentsp. 241
Script Acrobat Using Visual Basic on Windowsp. 246
Script Acrobat Using Perl on Windowsp. 250
Customize Acrobat Using JavaScriptp. 253
Tool Up for Acrobat Plug-In Developmentp. 256
Explore the Acrobat SDK Documentation and Examplesp. 260
Use Acrobat Plug-Ins to Extend PDFp. 262
PostScript and PDF Gamesp. 263
Indexp. 267
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ISBN: 9780596006556
ISBN-10: 0596006551
Series: Hacks Ser.
Audience: English as a Second Language (ESL)
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 296
Published: 31st August 2004
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Publishers
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.2 x 16.1  x 1.59
Weight (kg): 0.41