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OVERVIEW
PDF Hacks unveils the true promise of Portable Document Format, going way beyond the usual PDF as paged output mechanism. PDF expert Sid Steward draws from his years of analyzing, extending, authoring, and embellishing PDF documents to present 100 clever hacks--tools, techniques, quick-and-dirty or not-so-obvious solutions to common problems. The little-known tips and tricks in this book are ideal for anyone who works with PDF on a regular basis, including web developers, pre-press users, forms creators, and those who generate PDF for distribution. Learn how to create PDF documents that are far more powerful than simple representations of paper pages. The hacks in the book cover the full range of PDF functionality, from the simple to the more complex, including generating, manipulating, annotating, and consuming PDF information. You'll learn how to manage content in PDF, navigate it, and reuse it as necessary. Far more than another guide to Adobe Acrobat, the book covers a variety of readily available tools for generating, deploying, and editing PDF.

REVIEW
After taking a look at this book, I had no idea that so much could be done with PDF files! You can use PDF as much more than electronic paper. PDF Hacks shows you how to use a variety of tools, not just Acrobat, to create, customize and present information in PDF Format.

The book is nicely laid out with full instructions in a clear plain english form one hack at a time. All scripts required to run any of the Hacks are available for download at hacks.oreilly.com. I personally tried Hack #55 in the book just for kicks. This hack allows you to extract tables of data from a document, convert to Excel, import the Excel doc into Word, run a supplied script in Word as a MAcro and then insert that into your own PDF file.

PDF Hacks really opens a lot of doors for people that use that file format on a regular basis or want to use it in more creative ways.

SUMMARY
If you do alot of work with PDF files in any form, I really suggest you pick up this book. I do a little work with PDF myself and found this book really opened my eyes to what you can do if you really want to. Although the majority of HAcks didn't apply to what I do normally I did find them very interesting to go through.

Review ID Number: 578
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O'Reilly Books
Review Date: 2004-12-17
Reviewer: Brad Lawryk
Rating: 9 out of 10
 
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