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Re: PDF FRENZY
HP Naish observed:
...PDFs are a
superb, largely hassle-free way of getting published papers
out to anyone that wants them. This is pretty obvious but
what is less obvious is that those who (1) publish papers
and (2) have these papers available in PDF form should
advertise this and thereby get their research more widely
I agree that the internet is an effective way to provide information
to people who are looking for it, but also included is an encomium
to the PDF format.
That format is oversized and very awkward to use for any purpose
other than just reading. Its only value is that authors can
lock it. If possible, the first thing I do with a PDF format
is to reduce it to text, using the Text Tool in the Reader.
Unfortunately, that means sacrificing illustrations and spending
some time formatting what's left, but it's worth it.
Rich text is better, and most operating systems have word processing
apps that can accept at least older .doc formats.
Adobe has promised to improve the flexibility of the PDF clunker,
but until there are some results, avoiding use of the PDF format
is a service to readers.
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