viernes, 15 de mayo de 2009

Sigo escribiendo en  los leo ahi, hay una categoria PDF

Saludos, GAby Menta

miércoles, 26 de noviembre de 2008

PDFs Are Taking Over, But Faxes Still Fly by Billions

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ADVERTISEMENT MongoNet, backed by Adobe founders, introduces new consumer fax-to-PDF email service charged on a per-page basis.

This week, MongoNet introduced MongoScan, a consumer version of its enterprise MongoFax service. Customers fax documents to MongoNet, who in turn email PDF versions to recipients with what it calls "email cover sheets."

MongoNet’s new twist on the fax-to-PDF service is that the company doesn’t require senders to enter a fax number for the recipient, which is required by competing services such as MaxEmail. Instead, MongoNet's fax center acts as a gateway between the world's fax machines and its email network.

For a quarter a page, MongoScan does what market data shows a lot of small business owners either can't figure out or don't have time to do, says MongoNet CEO Matt Henry: Configure their multifunction printer's document scanning features.

"We're not really in the faxing business; we're in the branded PDF scanning business," says Henry, who adds that his company recently broke the one-million-user mark. "We just happen to leverage the railroad tracks laid over the last 30 years. We're putting that scanning functionality into the world's fax network."

To Henry, the Internet is the "biggest distributed printing machine ever created," a global paper-waster. His company is in the business of making money, of course, like all businesses. But it's also helping customers reduce paper consumption by turning faxes into PDFs. Furthermore, he says, some of his customers use MongoNet in lieu of FedEx and UPS overnight couriers, which further reduces a document's carbon footprint.

While "dinosaurs who still use faxes" might sound like a niche market, it's a pretty big niche—expanding government regulations such as Sarbanes-Oxley are actually increasing the amount of required paperwork in corporate America, and paperwork is also multiplying in the legal and real-estate sectors, he says.

People haven't yet cottoned to the various digital-signature technologies, or, as Henry jokes, purchased retinal scanners to authenticate their documents. Either way, it makes hand-signed documents represent a good share of the 650 billion pages emanating from billions of machines operating internationally Henry says, citing IDC data. Americans, he adds, account for a third of that traffic despite the country’s considerable Internet communications infrastructure—and market research shows that fax traffic is on the rise, not dwindling.

PDF remains the only viable choice for digital conversion of fax output, Henry says. MongoNet has customized a few installations of its enterprise service to create TIFF files from paper faxes for legacy transaction-management systems, but PDF is the only document format the overwhelming majority of the company’s customers want. Microsoft's XPS format, Henry says, is not yet even on his radar for support.

"[PDF is] page-oriented, and there are so many neat things you can do with it... For us, it was the clear choice after we surveyed businesses and our engineering friends," Henry says. "Our average page is around 25KB; that's not very much."

MongoNet has gotten financial backing from the likes of Charles Schwab and a list of Bay-area financial A-listers. A Silicon Valley software developer, Henry knew Adobe founders Charles Geschke and John Warnock before he'd launched MongoNet, he says, and the two signed on as investors in the company during its recent third round of funding.

Saludos, GAbyMenta

lunes, 10 de noviembre de 2008

Adobe Reader Flaw Attracts Attacks, Despite Patch

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Hackers have begun exploiting a vulnerability affecting versions of Adobe Reader. The bug was patched earlier this week.

Hackers have painted a bull's-eye on an Adobe Reader flaw patched by the company earlier this week.
The attackers are targeting a vulnerability in Adobe Reader 8.1.2 uncovered by Core Security Technologies. According to an advisory from the SANS Institute’s Internet Storm Center, attackers are using malicious PDF files to exploit the bug, which Adobe Systems patched Nov. 4. If successfully exploited, the bug could allow hackers to take complete control of a compromised system.

The bug lies in the way Adobe Reader implements the JavaScript util.printf() function, and makes it possible to overwrite the program’s memory and control its execution flow. Exploit code for the flaw has already been posted to Milw0rm.


In addition to Reader, the bug affects Adobe Acrobat 8.1.2. Officials at Adobe advise users to either update their software to Version 9 of Reader and Acrobat, which are not susceptible to the attack, or deploy the patch.

Saludos, GAby Menta

martes, 21 de octubre de 2008

PDF: No Fast Web View or Forms Data Submission, Yet

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The Google browser's fast with PDF, except for long documents as Google and Adobe work to iron out "byteserving" plug-in glitch.

Six weeks into the debut of the Google Chrome browser, experts have given its PDF handling generally good marks, except for one thing: It can't do Fast Web View.
Fast Web View relies on byteserving, a part of the HTTP protocol some PDF veterans might refer to as linearization. It's the document equivalent of streaming audio and video. Google Chrome, because of the way it handles plug-ins, doesn't support byteserving the same way other browsers do.

Basically, the Fast Web View setting allows a server to deliver a page of a PDF at a time to browsers who really only want to view one page—or jump around to several noncontiguous pages—of a long document and don't want to download or cache all the pages.

When Adobe introduced "Fast Web View" in Acrobat back in the early Pentium era of dial-up Internet connections, it was a godsend. It still is a heavily used feature, as document authors upload longer, richer, graphics-heavy PDFs that sometimes take several minutes to download.

Chrome users will probably notice slowdowns when viewing long PDFs, says Duff Johnson, CEO of Appligent Document Solutions, one of the first PDF experts to uncover the glitch. Even when Fast Web View is enabled in a document, Chrome forces users to download the whole thing before viewing it.

"Streaming permits large PDFs to display after downloading the first page, which greatly enhances the user experience," Johnson says. "If a high-quality user experience is a priority, Fast Web View is simply essential when serving PDFs larger than a few hundred KB. Most PDFs posted on websites qualify."

The Acrobat team also weighed in with a technical explanation of the glitch on its Shredding the Document blog. In an email to PDFzone, Adobe PDF standards architect Leonard Rosenthol says that the company is working with Google to correct the issue.

Rosenthol went on to say that Chrome also doesn't support several other PDF features that Firefox and Internet Explorer do, such as forms submission and online collaboration.

Google issued a Chrome upgrade earlier this week that patched a few known bugs. The company continues work on a Mac version, but the public only can access the Windows side as of yet.

While Johnson's excited to see another browser making its way into the world and believes that Chrome has a shot at unseating IE from its dominating market penetration—maybe even a better shot than Firefox, which only about 20% of people use—it doesn't offer significant improvement to the PDF experience.

"Chrome seems to work OK, we've seen no other complaints to date," Johnson says. "However, I don't see it as a leap forward for PDF viewing."

Saludos, GAby Menta - SAn Acrobat


miércoles, 17 de septiembre de 2008

eb 2.0 Drives Adoption of Direct-Attached Storage

Despite all the talk about iSCSI, Fibre Channel and 4/10GB Ethernet connectivity, industry experts estimate that DAS still comprises about 70 percent of the entire data storage market.

Good old direct-attached data storage, the original digital storage model that dates back to IBM's original spinning desk platter in the mid-1950s, doesn't make a lot of news these days. Like a shy boy or girl on the sidelines at a junior-high sock hop, it prefers to let other newer and fancier technologies grab attention on the dance floor.

But this oh-so-basic storage form, in fact, is what's making most of the business world go 'round. In addition to its common use in small businesses and home offices, many larger enterprises—including Web 2.0 companies—are rediscovering DAS and are starting to add it as an adjunct layer for specific mission-critical applications.

DAS is storage that is physically connected via cable or other wired connection to dedicated servers, desktops, laptops, thin clients or handheld data origination terminals.


Despite all the talk about iSCSI, Fibre Channel and 4/10GB Ethernet connectivity, industry experts estimate that DAS still comprises about 70 percent of the entire data storage market. This, of course, includes the millions of simple, USB-attached external drives individuals use in homes or in remote corporate offices, but it also includes DAS as an integral part of a growing number of enterprise storage systems.

bye bye , GAby Menta

martes, 9 de septiembre de 2008

PDF on Google Chrome, So Far, A Shiny, Happy Experience

There may be strategic and technical reasons to dislike Google's new Chrome browser, but the way it handles PDFs isn't one of them.

We're always looking for a better widget to view PDFs more efficiently. Google Chrome might be it.

How sweet it is. Google Chrome's handling of PDFs, that is.


Don't take our word for it, take it for a test spin. Go to the Government Accountability Office and pop off a couple of hundred-pagers on any topic you'd like, such as pork belly futures. Download some IRS forms, or open your latest credit card statement. Magnify it, poke it, prod it. Surely someone will quickly figure out how to break Chrome, the new Web browser from Google--and someone else will find a way to make it display a graphics-heavy document poorly--but it won't be easy.

Unencumbered by 15 years of bolted-on code and other historical software-engineering artifacts, Chrome tames PDF documents on the everyday, average machine, nimbly slicing through words and pictures that slow other browsers to a crawl.

Lord knows people who earn their living via work done on Windows could use a little more speed and a little less hang time. The key is, Chrome knows about Adobe Reader and Acrobat already installed on your system—which is good, considering one or both live on most of the computers on earth.

It also understands how to tap into those resources without pestering us with 50 clicks' worth of how we feel about the price of tea in China as well as how we want documents of different stripes handled when we download them.

That's the upside. The downsides, as of today:

• The different interface and slightly different look will take the technophobes among us time to get used to.

• Firefox has been neither hot nor new for years, but only about 20% of us use it as of today. Even if it were somehow provable that Chrome is 4,000% better than the status quo, migration would make glaciers look fast.

• Chrome is open source software, and some businesses see "open source" as synonymous with "big hassle," despite the fact that some open source apps and utilities outperform their commercial counterparts in both speed and stability.

In the conservative realm of the office world, it's likely that many companies will pass on this interesting new browser for the time being. And Windows folks are the only ones who have the choice: People on Linux and Mac--many of them early adopters who aren't willing to settle for the status quo and who are probably more open to using alternative browsers in the first place--will have to wait for their versions, which Google promises to deliver "as soon as possible." as the site puts it to Mac visitors.

Imagine the IRS--which sometimes waits to upgrade a majority of its computers to the current version of Reader until that version is no longer current--flipping a switch and going to Google Chrome. Maybe, in 2015. If Google's lucky. This massive government agency is perhaps the single biggest purveyor of PDFs on the planet, and by necessity it must crawl like a turtle through new tech implementation.

Yet, having used many alternative browsers, PDF viewers, and open-source solutions (including dumping Vista on my lapper and installing Ubuntu), my own experience indicates that any document that touches Adobe's browser plug-ins, Acrobat, or Reader seems to slow life down, regardless of what operating system you're using.

To overcome these slowdowns, many have turned to using alternate viewers such as Preview on the Mac, Evince on Linux, and Foxit (which, by the way, Larry Page advocated putting in the Google Pack instead of Adobe Reader, but his team decided to go with Reader anyway after months of debate), or web sites like Google Docs, Issuu, and Scribd, which accelerate the consumption of long PDFs online.

There are times, however, when Adobe software is the best--or only--solution for a PDF. For instance, when collaborating on a PDF or filling in a form that requires Reader. Or when working with a secure document locked with Adobe DRM. Or when printing those infernal files the U.S. Postal Service chucks out for its Click-N-Ship Priority Mail labels, whatever they are. You're stuck, sometimes.

Google Chrome shows promise, appearing to give us access to the Adobe browser plug-in, but with the speed of its nimbler competitors. At this writing, it's only been out a few hours, and we've only had time to crunch a few sample documents, long and short. But so far, so good.

— Saludos, GAby Menta... SAn Acrobat

lunes, 18 de agosto de 2008

Lee y edita archivos PDF con la nueva versión de Skim

La última actualización de Skim ha corregido errores que causaban inestabilidad en el software y ahora las posibilidades que ofrece esta aplicación gratuita se han incrementado.

A pesar de mantener algunas fallas menores ya se perfila como un excelente editor pues nos brinda una buena variedad de funciones adicionales a los mostrados en sus versiones anteriores como cambiar el tamaño del documento, agregar cuadro de notas, sombreado, etc.

Pero lo más importante es que contarás con una herramienta fiable y sencilla de utilizar pues su interacción con el usuario es más intuitiva.

Saludos, GAby Menta y a disfrutar..... Byeeee

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