One year Acrobat DC

Acrobat DC is available since one year. Beside a new name, a new version numbering scheme and the fact that Adobe prefers renting over selling the application, the most important change was the new user interface.

Unfortunately in daily production it turned out that for experienced users the new user interface is more complicated than the well known interfaces of Acrobat 9 and Acrobat XI. During the last year there were serveral updates with small improvements of the user interface but at the end of the day more clicks are required to execute most functions. This was also one of the reasons that there were many post of unsatisified users in online forums.

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Improvements for newsletter PDF-AKTUELL

Jaeggi2The distribution of my last newsletter created a big load on my web server. Many readers had to wait long time before a link was executed or they even got an error message.

The reason was that all links in the newsletter were redirected via my server in order to be counted by the statistic module of my newsletter software. If a lot of readers try to access at the same time it becomes critical.

I have found a way to deactivate the statistic feature. Links in the newsletter now go directly to the final web page which most of the time is not on my server.

In addition I will try to avoid to distribute the newsletter during business hours from now on. Therefore not all readers will access at the same time.


PDF creation in Document Cloud with Caution

The subcription verison of Acrobat DC can convert InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop files to PDF without these applications beeing installed on the local computer.

When the file is opened in Acrobat DC it is uploaded in the backgroud to the Document Cloud and converted there to PDF. After a while the PDF is displayed in Acrobat DC and can be saved locally.

But unfortunately not all fonts are available in Document Cloud. In my test document the UniversLT font family is used. In the PDF created in the Document Cloud these fonts get substituted by Myriad Pro which looks quite different than the PDF created on the Desktop!


www.pdf-aktuell.ch is one year old

Jaeggi2_84x88One year ago I have started a new bilingual homepage with a blog based on WordPress at www.pdf-aktuell.ch. What seamed at first an easy task, has developed into an never ending story. Constantly updates are required, adaptions and enhancement have to be added. In the meantime two dozen plugins are in operation. (A list of all Workpress plugins used currently on my site can be found on the FAQ page.) But there are still some features missing.

In the past couple of days I could add some stuff in the front and backstage (e.g. sharing feature for popular social media, pagination feature for blog posts, simpler newsletter unsubscription). Regarding the newsletter features I had bad luck recently. My provider had changed the configuration of the mailing lists. This made subscription and unsubscription impossible. Sending mails was also impossible. (That’s the reason for the late delivery of the newsletter.) After a couple of support tickets the mailing list is back to life. But now I get a lot of SPAM at the admin addresses…

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Improved user interface in Acrobat DC

After the release of Acrobat DC in April a lot of users were not satisfied with the new user inferace. The first update of Acrobat DC features also some small improvements of the user interface of Acrobat DC which allow to save some of the unnecessary mouse clicks.

The left hand pane with the icons of the navigation panes is opened automatically if the PDF contains bookmarks, attachments or digital signatures or if the PDF follows a standard (e.g. PDF/X, PDF/A). In the new version one can see directly if it’s a standard PDF (like in older Acrobat versions).

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