• Slideshow

    Gitty up: 12 things other than programming code that are managed on GitHub

    Posted February 26, 2014 - 2:56 pm

    The popular platform for open source software is increasingly being used to share, manage and crowdsource things other than code
  • 5 cheaper alternatives to Acrobat for PDF editing

    Posted February 13, 2014 - 5:06 pm

    Why pay Adobe $299? Here are six other ways to work with PDFs at a fraction of the cost.
  • How to preview PDFs in Windows Explorer

    Posted January 6, 2014 - 3:17 pm

    PDF previews were once built into Windows' file manager, but not anymore. Here's how to get them back.
  • Governments get open on GitHub

    Posted October 22, 2013 - 6:00 am

    A new GitHub site aggregates and showcases the open source repositories managed by governments and civic minded hackers
  • Adobe releases CreatePDF for iOS

    Posted August 31, 2011 - 5:09 am

    Adobe has released its CreatePDF tool for iOS, which aims to bring the same PDF creation features found in Adobe Acrobat to the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.
  • Review

    Create PDFs for free with PrimoPDF

    Posted August 29, 2011 - 9:57 am

    PrimoPDF (free) is a printer driver that creates PDF files from your documents, rather than printing them to paper. After install, whenever you choose the print option from an application, PrimoPDF will be listed along with your physical printers, print to file, etc. It's extremely easy to use and produces excellent PDFs--without the watermarks that some programs add.
  • Open two instances of one PDF in Preview

    Posted May 24, 2011 - 9:41 am

    Ever tried to open two PDFs side-by-side in Preview? The app normally only lets you open a single copy of a document, so if you want to keep open a second copy you would seem to be out of luck. Here's a workaround.
  • Edit a PDF that can't be edited

    Posted March 14, 2011 - 11:39 am

    The PDF format is great for sharing documents, but it can be a hassle, too. For example, have you ever received a PDF containing form data, only to find that Adobe Reader won't let you complete any of the fields?
  • PDF files most trusted...and most targeted

    Posted March 8, 2011 - 3:55 pm

    PDF files are one of the most common, and most trusted document formats out there. However, that trust, combined with the cross-platform use of PDFs makes the Adobe file format one of the most targeted and exploited by malicious attacks as well.
  • Automator workflow: From PDF to iBooks

    Posted February 24, 2011 - 12:19 pm

    If you like to review documents on your way to and from work, you likely know that you can use Apple's free iBooks app to read PDF files on an iOS device running iOS 3.2 or later. What you may not know is that with an easy-to-assemble Automator workflow, you can move a PDF directly from Apple's Preview to an attached iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad. This workflow demonstrates the power of the Print plug-in.
  • RIM Patches Yet Another PDF-Related BES Flaw

    Posted December 16, 2010 - 10:19 am

    That pesky PDF distiller in Research In Motion's (RIM) BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) BlackBerry Attachment Service has yet again been identified as a security risk, and RIM has issued another "interim security update" to patch the vulnerability.
  • Adobe Acrobat shouldn't be so buggy

    Posted November 18, 2010 - 6:12 pm

    Another day, another Adobe Acrobat vulnerability. I don't know about you, but Adobe's Update tool is a cheery presence on my computer, and I welcome its seemingly daily intrusion into my life to update software that I only use now and again.
  • Adobe lets users create PDFs, shared docs in the cloud

    Posted November 15, 2010 - 3:08 pm

    Adobe on Monday launched its much-anticipated Acrobat X Pro program, along with a pair of two new cloud-based subscription services to enable the creation and sharing of PDF documents.
  • Acrobat and its alternatives: 4 ways to edit PDFs

    Posted November 3, 2010 - 8:53 pm

    There is certainly no lack of tools -- ones that are good and free -- to help you create PDF documents. But what if you have a job where you need to make new PDFs and your sources are already-created PDF documents? Or if you need to update your company's finished PDFs? The choice of applications that actually allow you to change a PDF after it was created is more limited.
  • Free alternative PDF tools

    Posted November 1, 2010 - 7:37 am

    When you can't (or don't want) to use Adobe's PDF tools.
  • Acrobat Users: Don't Install Third-Party Security Patch

    Posted September 17, 2010 - 12:25 pm

    After warning users earlier this week of a potential security risk in their popular Acrobat PDF software, Adobe is now cautioning users against installing a third-party patch that claims to address the issue. The vulnerability, detailed on Adobe's site, affects all versions of Adobe Acrobat and Reader for various OSes, including Mac OS X, Windows, Linux, and Android.
  • Microsoft helps Adobe block PDF zero-day exploit

    Posted September 13, 2010 - 9:20 am

    Microsoft and Adobe are urging that users run Microsoft's Enhanced Migration Experience Toolkit to block ongoing attacks against the popular PDF viewer software.
  • Hackers exploit new PDF zero-day bug, warns Adobe

    Posted September 9, 2010 - 9:36 am

    Adobe today warned users that attacks have begun exploiting an unpatched bug in its popular Reader and Acrobat PDF viewing and creation software.
  • Adobe fails to fully fix PDF bug

    Posted July 6, 2010 - 4:13 pm

    An Adobe patch for a well-publicized bug in the company's Reader PDF software doesn't fix the vulnerability, the security researcher who uncovered the flaw confirmed.
  • Adobe patches PDF bugs hackers already exploiting

    Posted June 30, 2010 - 2:42 pm

    Adobe has patched 17 critical vulnerabilities in Reader and Acrobat, including one that hackers have been using for nearly a month to commandeer PCs.
  • PDF bookmarks for the end-user

    Posted June 17, 2010 - 8:31 pm

    "Bookmarks" decorate many PDF instances, but most consumers don't know what they are or what to do with them. Here's what to tell them.
  • Tools for PDF internal links

    Posted May 16, 2010 - 2:40 pm

    Web developers know PDF instances can be opened in browsers. More is possible, though: they can be opened to a particular page, zoom-level, image, and so on. Cameron shows a little of the code involved in programming such effects.
  • SVG is a good scratchpad for programmers

    Posted May 13, 2010 - 2:03 pm

    While much coverage of SVG focuses on weighty matters that involve committees, large contracts, or strategic conquest, SVG is also fun--and useful!
  • Foxit Reader update blocks new PDF attack tactic

    Posted May 5, 2010 - 3:29 pm

    Foxit Software, the developer of a rival PDF viewer to Adobe's vulnerability-plagued Reader, released an update today that blocks some attacks with a "safe mode" that's switched on by default.
  • PDF pagination only takes a few lines

    Posted May 3, 2010 - 7:54 pm

    PDF is widely used--and widely misunderstood. A small sample application illustrates the power a good programming library gives over this sometimes-intimidating standard.
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