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History of PDF Files & Flexi 8

Flexi 8 now offers the reliable PDF compatibility for both import and export. You can even send your customer an email with your layout attached as either a JPEG or PDF format!
This new feature now makes every sign shop much more compatible with the outside world, and since the PDF format is made for portability, the communication between you and your customer will be much easier and reliable.
Here's a brief history of the development of PDF files:
It was in the early 1990's that PDF files first came out. PDF stands for Portable Document File and while Acrobat was the first PDF creation tool at the time, unfortunately because of its cost, it was not very popular. One of Adobe's founders, John Warnock, worked on the development of the PDF program. Warnock wanted a program that would have the capability to send full text with graphics over the internet. PDF files would be viewable and printable on any computer. PDF files were found to have an advantage over PostScript, Adobe's first platform.

Interchange PostScript which would become later known as PDF, was first mentioned at a technology conference in 1991. In the Fall of 1992 the first edition of PDF Version 1.0 was announced. The Acrobat Reader was created in 1993, which is the tool needed to view and create PDF files. Adobe's PDF program, Acrobat Distiller, was set at the steep price of $695 for the personal version, and $2,495 for the network version. The earliest versions of PDF files did not support external hyperlinks which meant it was not very useful when it came to the internet. By 1994, the latest version of Acrobat PDF offered external links and other features. There were several other competing formats, but in the end, PDF became the most accepted when Adobe started offering its program at no cost.

1996 brought about the launch of Acrobat 3.0 along with PDF 1.2. This newer version offered prepress related options, increasing its popularity. Prepress extensions became available in 1997 and 1998 and soon other manufacturers were trying to join in by offering their own extensions.

Acrobat 4.0 and PDF 1.3 hit the shelves in 1999, offering preset configurations and easy integration with Microsoft Office. Acrobat 5, with PDF 1.4, appeared in the year 2001, along with Adobe's first drawing application, Illustrator 9, which fully supports PDF files. But it wasn't until 2003 that Acrobat 6 and PDF 1.5 was offered with its many new features. Support of layers, improved compression, and support for tagged PDFs were all included in this edition. Scanned PDF files can be converted to Word or Excel.

--Mark Rugen, President, GiveMeHelp.com, Inc.

Be sure to watch for our next email Newsletter for more great tips in using Flexi!

SA International 2006 Training Academy
Sessions will range from 1 – 3 days covering topics for new and expert users. These topics include color management, Digital Printing, Print and Cut, scanning and editing, and using Flexi to create an efficient workflow in your shop.

Date Topic Location Sponsor
July 22, 2006
Flexi Long Beach, CA
Sign Up Today! Denco
August 22 – 24, 2006 Flexi Baltimore, MD (NBM Show) Chesapeake Graphics
September 26 - 29, 2006 Flexi SGIA (Booth 2500)
Las Vegas Convention Center
Las Vegas, NV
[To Be Announced]
October 26 - 28, 2006 Flexi NBM Show
Charlotte, NC
[To Be Announced]

November 30, 2006
-December 2, 2006
Flexi USSC (Booth 401)
Atlantic City Convention Center
Atlantic City, NJ
[To Be Announced]
Dates and locations of classes TBD -
Please check our website for updates or look for this Monthly Newsletter.

Benefits of Attending a Training Class
What You'll Receive
All students will receive a training manual, a certificate of completion, and much more that will assist them when they return to their shops. They will be able to review the course or put their new found knowledge to work. All students will be given a Certificate of Completion at the end of the day showing they have successfully completed a CERTIFIED training session in professional sign making.

Learn From the Masters
All classes are designed and certified by SAi. We have partnered with GiveMeHelp.com - Certified FlexiSIGN Instructors, Mark Rugen and Dominick Bizzari, both having over a decade of experience in the graphics industry. You will find their method of instruction both entertaining and educational.

You Don't Have to Take Our Word for It...
“Great seminar, I learned many time saving features that were there all along... Course will easily pay for itself in time saved!”
-Chuck Lessick, ZAT Graphics

“I was very happy with the class, I can't wait to get back and try a few of the tips.”
-Tom Harris, Harris Signs

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