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Tuesday, May 17 • 9:45am - 10:30am
Effectively Using PDF as Source

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What do you do when you receive only a PDF as “source” for your project? Run with it! PDFs are more usable than many of us realize, and the PDF provider can offer better quality than they may think. Come to this session to learn about methods of extracting usable text and graphics from what’s usually considered a read-only format. We'll cover how to determine the typefaces used, how to export or extract text, how to isolate bitmap and vector artwork, and even how to determine what tool was used to create the actual source file. PDF may not be the ideal source format, but it’s definitely doable.

Speakers
avatar for Liz Roscovius

Liz Roscovius

Director of Global Communications, D2 (Documents & Design)
I started my career in visual design. Over the years, education and experience have allowed me the opportunity to expand into journalism, copywriting, marketing, advertising and, finally, project and team management. I don't have all the answers but do love helping and inspiring others, particularly those I mentor. At the same time, I love the fact that they continually teach me new things too!
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Mike Sawyer

Documentation Manager, Control4
Background: Over 20 years in technical communication, working and freelancing for companies big and small. BS in Communications (BYU), English minor, with some Japanese thrown in. Masters studies (USD) in Human Factors Engineering, emphasis in ergonomics. Trivia: Due to a computer error, I was once a multimillionaire (>$23 million) for a day. Years later, I sold a monster Triscuit on eBay for $20. The two events were unrelated. Interests... Read More →



Tuesday May 17, 2016 9:45am - 10:30am
Grand C/D

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