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A good overview of PDF/UA for the layman has been published on the University of Illinois, Chicago website. It provides some of the history behind it and explains why PDF/UA is needed. “…when you are developing PDF files using tools, make sure the PDF tools you buy and use support PDF/UA,” writes Kevin Price. “You will no longer have to shut out the needs of people with disabilities in the development of your PDF file if you use PDF/UA accessibility standards.”

“Good software for generating PDF usually includes a PDF/A option,” writes blogger Gary McGath. He takes a look at the restrictions required to comply with PDF/A and its long-term benefits.

After acquiring Web-based electronic signature company EchoSign back in July 2011, Adobe vice president of Web business services Jason Lemkin writes, “Adobe Reader users can now send PDF files to be signed from within the application as well as sign documents electronically themselves.” Lemkin adds that such signatures using Adobe EchoSign are ‘100% legal’ and are protected by the Federal E-SIGN Act.

Adobe Systems has issued a new release for Acrobat X, 9.x and 8.x that provides security mitigations and feature enhancements. On its website, Adobe says the update will “safeguard your system against malicious attacks through PDF files.”

An in-depth look at the benefits of using PDFs with Information Rights Management to control document access and other features by maintaining the file on a server rather than sending the document.

The International Standards Organization has published the Technical Corrigendum 2 for PDF/A-1. The download is free with website registration.

Amazon has added a PDF reader to the Kindle application for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch that will “open PDFs from within Mail or Safari on the device, or PDFs transferred via iTunes,” says Ars Technica. “The PDF reader is enhanced with support for PDF table of contents and thumbnail navigation for quickly jumping through the document.”

More and more healthcare professionals are using tablets every day to access medical records and other information–and the most popular so far is the iPad. iMedical Apps takes a good look at PDF management applications available for the iPad (iBooks, GoodReader, PDF Expert, PDF Reader Pro, Sente, Papers, iAnnotate, Dropbox) and assesses functionality and ease of use. The review is focused primarily on ease of importing and exporting PDFs, the ability to annotate PDFs using a range of actions, to manage a medical literature library, and to read multiple file types.

The new PDF reader by ReadCube allows PDFs to be better organized, more searchable and offers the ability to annotate. In a single step, ReadCube allows you to create an article library that is full-text searchable, including highlights and sticky notes. And it simplifies researching by automatically recommending relevant articles every day.

A blogger at Tech Handbook is calling PDF “A better way to go.” He outlines the numerous benefits of PDF, including preserving document format and ensuring it can be opened by any user regardless of operating system or software, for his user-based audience. We, of course, know the advantages of PDF, but it’s nice to see users spreading the word as well.