Re[3]: Electronic File Transfer

Subject: Re[3]: Electronic File Transfer
From: Rick Sapir <rick_sapir -at- GILBARCO -dot- COM>
Date: Mon, 4 Mar 1996 10:22:13 -0800

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>_____________________________________________________________________
>Subject: Re[2]: Electronic File Transfer
>From: Joyce Flaherty <flahertj -at- smtpgw -dot- liebert -dot- com> at ~GATEWAY
>Date: 3/3/96 10:38 PM


[one large snip]

> - usability
> Someone explained in an earlier post that Acrobat is a remote
> printing program, not unlike PostScript, except that it has a
> viewer. If you choose Acrobat, then you also take a decision
> to give the user a page-for-page representation of your hardcopy
> document. You can hyperlink the document, but other packages
> are better suited for this task. You can search the document,
> but to what end? Acrobat is not suitable for putting
> information online. It is suitable for putting documents
> online that your user will print.

What about if you design the Acrobat document _specifically_ for
online use? I think it is highly suitable for online use because of
the cross-platform compatibility and the ability to "freeze" the
document/page/screen structure (unlike HTML which interprets the
information based on the user's viewer program).

I think it depends a lot on the authoring tool that you use to create
the PDFs. Some programs, like FrameMaker, let you script links directly
within FM, making hyperlinks quick and easy. You can design screens,
layouts, and links, then port the entire thing to PDF -- all the while
ensuring that the users will see _exactly_ what/how you intended
the screen/page/document to be seen.



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