Re: your experiences using Acrobat Exchange and other Adobe tools

Subject: Re: your experiences using Acrobat Exchange and other Adobe tools
From: Max Wyss <prodok -at- PRODOK -dot- CH>
Date: Wed, 17 Jun 1998 19:04:32 +0200


my company has used the PDF format for all kind of purposes.

Way back, when Adobe Illustrator could open the PDF format for the first
time, we used the PDF format to bring CAD drawings into Illustrator (and
finally EPS for placing in the documentation).

We are now using the PDF format and its FDF sidekick for an electronic
catalog, to be distributed on CD-ROM. Connected to that, we use PDFs with
form fields and JavaScript (provided by the Forms 3.5 plug-in) for belt
drive calculation forms.

Internally, we indexed the available documentation for Acrobat with Catalog
and have very fast access to the information we need in the development

An earlier version of the above mentioned catalog was delivered and then
also printed on a Xerox Docutech from the PDF files.

Hope, this can help.

Max Wyss
PRODOK Engineering AG
Technical documentation and translations, Electronic Publishing
CH-8906 Bonstetten, Switzerland

Fax: +41 1 700 20 37
e-mail: mailto:prodok -at- prodok -dot- ch or 100012 -dot- 44 -at- compuserve -dot- com

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>Yesterday, I attended an information seminar put on by Adobe. The sessions I
>attended were about Acrobat Exchange and Capture. (They also discussed
>FrameMaker, but I'm stuck using Word, so I didn't attend that session).
>The presenters brought up many uses for Acrobat Exchange besides just
>converting manuals to pdf files. For instance, they said that a company
>could convert all its internal documents to pdfs, and then be able to use
>the full text search capabilities of Acrobat Catalog to search all the
>documents. If that's true, that could be a very powerful tool for the
>company where I work.
>DCSS hires and places computer consultants in several US cities and our
>Recruiter handles thousands of resumes each year. According to the Adobe
>presenters, if we were to scan the resumes (they become tiffs) and then use
>Capture to convert them to text and create pdf files, the Recruiter would be
>able to perform searches of all the resumes for various skills, work
>experience, etc.
>The presenter also showed us forms that are available through the Forms
>plug-in. If they work as well as the presenter said, the forms could be very
>useful for our MIS Department and perhaps the Recruiter as well.
>So my question to the list is--do any of you or your companies use Acrobat
>tools for uses other than distributing your manuals in pdfs? If so, how
>extensively are they used and are you, managers, and other employees pleased
>with Acrobat's capabilities?
>Thanks for your input. I'd like to hear from actual Acrobat users rather
>than just the Adobe marketing department before I make recommendations to my
>If people are interested, I'll summarize the responses.
>Renee Rothberg
>Digital Consulting & Software Services, Inc. (DCSS)
>Sugar Land, Texas
>rkrothbe -at- dcss -dot- com

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