PDF Hacks: 100 Industrial-Strength Tips & Tools [NOOK Book]

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

"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, techniques, and quick-and-dirty or not-so-obvious solutions to common problems.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781449362201
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/16/2004
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 298
  • File size: 7 MB

Meet the Author

Sid Steward is a programmer, writer and entrepreneur. He maintains the PDF Toolkit and wrote PDF Hacks. When he's not working on PDF, he's creating goodies like LookLeap (a better TinyURL), GoJot (social bookmarking meets site commenting), and The Punch Poll. He continually battles entropy and will gladly tell you about G del's incompleteness theorem. Bjarne Stroustrup is one of his heroes. Feel free to contact Sid.

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Table of Contents

Credits ix
Preface xi
Chapter 1. Consuming PDF 1
1. Read PDFs with the Adobe Reader 1
2. Read PDFs with Mac OS X's Preview 3
3. Read PDFs with Ghostscript's GSview 5
4. Speed Up Acrobat Startup 5
5. Manage Acrobat Plug-Ins with Profiles on Windows 7
6. Open PDF Files Your Way on Windows 10
7. Copy Data from PDF Pages 13
8. Convert PDF Documents to Word 16
9. Browse One PDF in Multiple Windows 19
10. Pace Your Reading or Present a Slideshow in Acrobat or Reader 23
11. Pace Your Reading or Present a Slideshow in Mac OS X Preview 26
12. Unpack PDF Attachments (Even Without Acrobat) 28
13. Jump to the Next or Previous Heading 29
14. Navigate and Manipulate PDF Using Page Thumbnails 30
Chapter 2. Managing a Collection 33
15. Bookmark PDF Pages in Reader 33
16. Create Windows Shortcuts to Online PDF Pages with Acrobat 37
17. Create Windows Shortcuts to Local PDF Pages 39
18. Turn PDF Bookmarks into Windows Shortcuts 41
19. Generate Document Keywords 42
20. Index and Search Local PDF Collections on Windows 45
21. Spinning Document Portals 54
22. Spinning Collection Portals 56
23. Identify Related PDFs 58
Chapter 3. Authoring and Self-Publishing: Hacking Outside the PDF 61
24. Keep Your Source Smart 61
25. Convey Your Document's Value with Good Design 67
26. Create Charts and Graphs from Raw Data 72
27. Become a Publisher 75
28. Print at Home, at the Office, or at Kinko's 77
29. Publish POD and E-books 78
30. Sell Through Amazon 80
31. Sell Your Book, Sell Yourself 80
Chapter 4. Creating PDF and Other Editions 82
32. Create Interactive PDF with Your Word Processor 82
33. Create a Printable, On-Screen Edition from Word 86
34. Multipurpose PDF 87
35. Create an HTML Edition from Your Word Processor 88
36. Create a Handheld Edition from Your HTML 91
37. Convert Documents from Tools You Don't Own to PDF 94
38. Acrobat Distiller and Its Profiles 95
39. Print to PDF with Ghostscript and RedMon on Windows 97
40. Save As PDF with Mac OS X 105
41. Maximize PDF Portability 106
42. Configure Distiller and Ghostscript for Your Purpose 108
43. Embed and Subset Fonts to Your Advantage 111
44. Share a PDF Network Printer with Samba 116
45. Print to Image and Other Rasterizing Options 118
46. Print to SVG 121
47. Print Over the Internet 123
48. Create a PDF Album of Your Digital Pictures 125
49. Print to Fax on Windows 128
50. Convert Incoming Faxes to PDF on Linux 129
Chapter 5. Manipulating PDF Files 131
51. Split and Merge PDF Documents (Even Without Acrobat) 131
52. Encrypt and Decrypt PDF (Even Without Acrobat) 134
53. Add PDF Encryption Actions to Windows Context Menus 139
54. Add Attachments to Your PDF (Even Without Acrobat) 140
55. Easily Attach Your Document's Tables 142
56. Add PDF Attachment Actions to Windows Context Menus 145
57. Create a Traditional Index Section from Keywords 146
58. Rasterize Intricate Artwork with Illustrator or Photoshop 148
59. Crop Pages for Clarity 151
60. Refry Before Posting Documents Online 154
61. Copy Features from One PDF to Another 156
62. Polish Your PDF Edition 156
63. Add and Maintain PDF Bookmarks 159
64. Get and Set PDF Metadata 161
65. Add a Web-Style Navigation Bar to PDF Pages 163
66. Copy-Protect Your PDF 166
67. Support Online PDF Reading 167
68. Force PDF Download Rather than Online Reading 169
69. Hyperlink HTML to PDF Pages 171
70. Create an HTML Table of Contents from PDF Bookmarks 172
71. PDF Web Skins 174
72. Share PDF Comments Online (Even Without Acrobat) 177
73. Tally Topic Popularity 179
Chapter 6. Dynamic PDF 181
74. Collect Data with Online PDF Forms 181
75. Serve Filled-Out PDF Forms 186
76. Drive PDF Forms with Your Data 189
77. PDF Form-Filling Sessions 194
78. Permanently Merge a PDF Form and its Data 197
79. Tool Up with pdftk 200
80. Decipher and Navigate PDF at the Text Level 203
81. Edit PDF Code Freely 204
82. Integrate pdftk with gVim for Seamless PDF Editing 206
83. Modify PDF Hyperlinks at Serve-Time 209
84. Tailor PDF Text at Serve-Time 215
85. Use HTML to Create PDF 222
86. Use Perl to Create PDF 223
87. Use PHP to Create PDF 225
88. Use Java to Create PDF 227
89. Assemble Pages and Serve PDF 228
90. Superimpose PDF Pages 231
91. Generate PDF Documents from XML and CSS 234
92. Create PDF with XSL-FO and FOP 235
Chapter 7. Scripting and Programming Acrobat 241
93. Modify or Convert Batches of Documents 241
94. Script Acrobat Using Visual Basic on Windows 246
95. Script Acrobat Using Perl on Windows 250
96. Customize Acrobat Using JavaScript 253
97. Tool Up for Acrobat Plug-In Development 256
98. Explore the Acrobat SDK Documentation and Examples 260
99. Use Acrobat Plug-Ins to Extend PDF 262
100. PostScript and PDF Games 263
Index 267
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2004

    do more with PDFs

    Perhaps your experience with PDF is the same as mine. Mainly, to print files in this format. But Steward shows an entire neat little world of functionality hidden in PDF. While it may not have the obvious simplicity of HTML, the book shows many ways to make and edit such files. For example, Steward shows how to have URLs link to specific points inside a PDF document. So if you are maintaining a website that has PDFs, you can do far better than most, by having links not just to the entire documents, but to pertinant locations within. A competitive advantage. The great majority of PDFs accessible on the web require you to view the entire document, for find what you're looking for. You should do better. Steward also shows a logical inverse. How to embed standard URLs inside a PDF. Knowing both capabilities means a fuller integration of PDFs inside your website. It also turns out that much of what the book discusses can be done with free editing tools, at least on linux/unix machines. Good book for demystifying PDF.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2004

    If only I had this book 3 months ago!

    If only I had this book three months ago! I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to really understand the PDF format and know exactly what can be done with this format. Like the many other excellent O¿Reilly ¿hacks¿ series, this book provides 100 different tips and tricks that can be used in dealing with the PDF format. Some of these hacks involve creating your own PDFs through third-party tools, others include tips on modifying PDFs after they have been created. PDF Hacks are divided into four main sections: consuming, managing, authoring, and manipulating PDFs. Some of the hacks are quite interesting and cover things you might not otherwise think of. Once interesting hack is #25, ¿Convey Your Document¿s Value with Good Design¿. This hack actually discusses different issues with fonts including various typography tips and alignment issues. This is certainly an issue I think of rarely, but this hack shows some of the reasons to really think through this issue. There are many such hacks which are quite enlightening. My favorite part of the book was toward the end, where the author discusses the tool ¿pdftk¿, which can be used to freely modify PDF files. The author proceeds to show how this tool can be used to change text within exiting PDF files without significant work. While this hack might not be used by everyone, it illustrates the type of advanced tips this book provides. Like I said at the beginning of this review, I just wish I had read this book three months ago. After reading this book, the reader will have a much better understanding of the PDF format, as well as having a knowledge of the tools that can be used to extend the PDF format beyond what you might have initially thought possible. If you want to understand the PDF format and what information on how to ¿hack¿ your PDFs, then you need a copy of this book!

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