Celebrating the Brontë Sisters

Hi Everyone!

Summer is (sadly) beginning to wind down, and people are squeezing in travel plans before the fall chill rolls in and the kids head back to school. People’s travels may take them to national parks, white sandy beaches, busy metropolitan cities or the quiet countryside; perhaps the English countryside of West Yorkshire where the famous literary Brontë sisters grew up. The three sisters, Charlotte, Emily and Anne, are the focus of the Datalogics’ Book Club theme for August.

Charlotte, Emily, and Anne Bronte are well known for enjoyable classics such as Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall.  The sisters, as well as their younger brother, Branwell, began writing at a young age. They had a childhood rich with imagination, writing complex collaborative stories for Branwell’s toy soldiers.  As the children grew, so did their writing.  They went on to author poems and novels (often using pen names) that were ahead of their time.  Our book of the month is Charlotte’s Jane Eyre. First published in 1847, this is a coming of age story for the title character as she enters adulthood and falls in love with the enigmatic Mr. Rochester. Mr. Rochester hired her as a governess for his ward, but mysteries and questions abound at Thornfield Hall.  It has been said that some of the events in Jane Eyre are loosely based on the incidents of Charlotte’s life, such as losing parents and siblings at a young age, having a tragic experience at boarding school, and spending time as a governess.

Other Brontë novels available in the Datalogics Book Club for you enjoyment are Wuthering Heights, Agnes Grey and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall.

We hope you enjoy these perfect vacation novels as much as we do before the summer ends.

Happy Travels!

Adobe Content Server Copying Permissions


Some time ago we posted an overview blog article on Adobe Content Server Permissions. As one of the three follow-up posts, this blog will cover what happens when you apply certain combinations of permissions to a book and try to do certain things with that book. This post in particular is the last in the series and will cover copying permissions. It is not dependent upon the previous post covering reading or the post covering printing. However, if you are new to ACS permissions, it may help to read our permissions overview blog first.

We’ll start with the glossary to define some terms, followed by a few use cases. Afterwards we’ll explain some of the caveats and best practices for using reading permissions.

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DL Book Club: Celebrating America

Happy Fourth of July!

This month we celebrate the Independence of the United States with patriotic songs, prideful parades, barbequed feasts of hot dogs and corn on the cob, and majestic fireworks that illuminate the summer skies. And among all this celebration, we take the time to remember what it means to be an American, and how we, as a nation came to be – Our forefathers signing the Declaration of Independence from Great Britain on July 4, 1776.

Appropriately, the Datalogics Book Club theme this month is the history of Independence Day, focusing on our book of the month: Common Sense by Thomas Paine.  Common Sense inspired, ignited and united the Thirteen Colonies to declare their independence from Great Britain. Paine wrote and reasoned in a style that common people understood and structured the pamphlet as if it were a sermon, relying on Biblical references to make his case to the people.  Other historical books available in our book club contributing to our celebration of America’s Independence are The American Crisis also by Thomas Paine, Declaration of Independence by Thomas Jefferson, The Federalist Papers by Publius and a piece of fiction – The Virginians by William Makepeace Thackeray.

Visit the Datalogics Book Club and experience the intelligent design of Adobe Content Server and Reader Mobile SDK enabled by our eSync Platform, while enjoying a good read and brushing up your history about the birth of our nation.

Happy Birthday, America!

Travels in PDF Land

Wow: there has been a lot of travelling for me recently, bookended by standards meetings in South Africa and PDF Days Europe last week and with a number of trips in between. My compliments to the South African Bureau of Standards and to the PDF Association for putting on two very productive events. I was especially pleased to see a great turnout for the PDF Days Europe as well as some great presentations. You can find most of these at the PDF Association’s YouTube channel for the event.

May I be relieved to see I’ve no planned journeys for the near future?

On behalf of Datalogics, I’m proud to have been elected to the board of directors for the PDF Association at PDF Days Europe last week. Now I just need to dig up a better headshot…

We at Datalogics look forward to continuing our engagement with the PDF community and helping to expand the use and knowledge of PDF around the world. Having worked deep in the pits of PDF implementations since 2000, I’ve picked up an appreciation for the PDF format that has grown with experience. While portions are complex, the problems that PDF seeks to solve – reliable interchange of information across time and space, between different people and programs – are not simple problems. PDF has grown in scope as what the world considers as electronic documents has also grown in scope. With PDF 2.0, and with continuing work on PDF sub-formats, the community continues to evolve to address real needs from users. However, the community has not forgotten its long-term users in this. It’s always a challenge to balance the needs of existing users while welcoming new users. We look forward to continuing this conversation and continuing to provide PDF expertise and solutions to the world.