The Female Technologist: The View of the Top

This time around, I want to talk a bit about gender and leadership. The TL;DR version is that I think it’s a complex issue, and that context, industry, company composition and one’s personal approach to leadership all have their parts to play. Personally, I’m happy where I am, and am optimistic about seeing a more representative balance of genders in leadership roles more generally.

Without beating about the bush, gender is relevant to perceptions of leadership. It just is. People often have pretty specific ideas about how men and women are meant to behave, and violating these scripts can cause some people great discomfort. On May 14, Jill Abramson, the first female executive editor of the New York Times was fired. According to Ken Auletta’s article in The New Yorker, this may have been driven by tension over perceived pay disparities between Abramson and her male predecessors. According to Politico’s Dylan Byers (three weeks before Abramson’s exit), the chief complaint of “many staffers” was that she could be “cold” and “condescending”. Auletta pointed out that, in his 2011 profile of Abramson, he had noted that some in the newsroom had expressed concerns about her “sometimes brusque manner”.

Without speaking to the truth of these words — I’ve never met Abramson and have no real basis for that — I do think the comments as reported reflect certain expectations. Let’s talk a bit about those expectations. According to the empirical data, likeability and success are positively correlated for men and negatively correlated for women (see, for example, the story about Heidi Roizen in Sheryl Sandberg’s TED talk, starting from the 07:30 mark).

Now, I gather that this finding is fairly well established, but it doesn’t line up all that closely with my personal experience — at least, not so far. I think that there are probably a few reasons for this. In my first TFT post, I speculated that being a woman in a male-dominated niche has allowed me to disrupt some of the traditional dynamics in networking situations with other entrepreneurs. Internally, Debenu has women in key leadership positions, on both the executive/operations/marketing (i.e., me) and development (i.e., our head programmer, Lucia) levels. While I think that this must influence our company culture, I also don’t think that this alone would explain the (apparent) disruption of the success-unlikeability link within the company.

So what could it be? I believe that my position, context, and the composition of our staff are all relevant. I think that gender-specific expectations are also crucial. When thinking about both Abramson and Roizen, I was struck by something. In both cases, the unlikeability of the women in question was tied to a certain perceived callousness or self-interest. By extension, it seems that these women defied the expectations of their critics that they should have been warm, self-effacing (or at least collegial), and self-sacrificing. When I try to make sense of all of this in the context of my experiences, I suspect that some of the specific differences between our situations really matter, along with individual approaches to work and leadership.

Before co-founding Debenu, I trained and worked in the the business and research sides of healthcare (specifically pharma). While I originally focused on conducting hands-on research, I swiftly discovered an interest in helping teams to work together more effectively, and on advising these dedicated scientists about how to put together submissions that would pass muster with regulatory bodies. In this setting, it was a fairly natural progression to move towards leading teams and fostering best practice. I wasn’t aware of any strong sense of resentment from my researcher colleagues when I was promoted; indeed, it often felt like they were relieved that they could better focus on their empirical work. When I later co-founded Debenu, I was in a senior position from the start. As such, there was no real individual progression as such, and I was a “boss” as soon as we hired our first employee. As an entrepreneur, my sense of progress is closely linked to the fate of my business.

When I compare my history to Abramson’s and Roizen’s stories, I can see why their experiences, and others’ perceptions of them, might have been quite different. Both women enjoyed highly visible and impressive career advancement in competitive arenas, the one in journalism and the other in VC. In those conditions, success meant winning, and in a zero-sum game, one person winning means that others are losing. Each woman would have had to drive hard bargains, fight for their ideas, and make good use of their available advantages. Necessarily, this would have involved cultivating valuable professional contacts. Further, each woman would have encountered many people who lost out to them on promotions, assignments or deals. While I think that succeeding in almost any field requires drive, determination and the ability to make tough decisions, it’s more likely that these qualities will be held against you in contexts that produce clear winners and losers.

I would argue that, while I have been successful in reaching a senior position in an international company, my path to this point has been very different from those of Abramson and Roizen. During my pharma career, I was able to maintain a strong atmosphere of collaboration when I shifted from research to management and consultation. Most likely, that is partly due to the specific context, as I wasn’t competing with my immediate colleagues for promotions, since I was essentially shifting focus. While I am perfectly happy to fight for my ideals, I also have a general preference for working collaboratively rather than competitively. Indeed, as I noted in my first TFT post, being a female technologist has allowed be to short-circuit some male-focused competitive dynamics and get straight down to business.

This is by no means a criticism of Abramson or Roizen. In some contexts, “getting down to business” is the same thing as competition, because you need to be the first to the story, first to close the deal, or the one to get the glittering promotion. Neither do I think that the unlikeability imputed to these women is entirely explained by their work situations or their own approaches to them. In Roizen’s case, the role of gender-specific values is very clear, because it has been scientifically tested. When the story of her career was attributed to either “Heidi” or “Howard” in a randomized experiment, respondents rated them as equally successful but only liked Howard.

My take is this: attitudes towards successful women are complex. Sometimes, as has been my experience in the tech sector, this has worked in my favor. For other women in other settings, their success has clearly been counted against them. The research implies that this might be the rule, rather than the exception. Nevertheless, this phenomenon is not universal, and it has generally been my experience that, when my gender has mattered professionally, it has often been an advantage. Considered as a whole, it seems that these observations result from a complex interaction of contexts, attitudes and individual approaches. I’m in a good position personally, and I like to think that things are getting better in general. I’ll admit, though, that perhaps this is happening faster in some areas than in others. Vive la technologie!

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Happy PDF Days!

Debenu now a member of the PDF Association.

The PDF Association.

I just got back from representing Debenu at the PDF Day events in Washington (Dec 10) and New York City (Dec 11), the first events Debenu has attended as members of the PDF Association. For any who don’t know, the PDF Association is an organization focused on promoting PDF standards and fostering best-practice among those working with PDF.

In aid of this goal, the PDF Association holds a number of PDF Days throughout the year around Europe and in the US. The latest PDF Days were filled with concise, accessible presentations on a range of issues relating to PDF, including signing, collaboration, working with standards (including PDF/A and PDF/UA). While these sessions were decidedly educational in focus, each day also featured a rapid-fire session in which vendors received a hard 4 minutes to pitch their wares. These “4 Minutes with a PDF Vendor” sessions were actually a highlight for us, and called to mind similar sessions that Debenu CEO Karl De Abrew used to host at various conferences in the past.

All in all, the PDF Days in Washington and New York provided an excellent opportunity to learn about PDF and to connect with others (developers, vendors and users) involved in the PDF world. We felt like we got a lot out of it, and would encourage others to attend a PDF Day when they have the chance. Who knows? We might well get a chance to catch up with you there.

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Happy holidays 2014/5 from Debenu

It’s getting to that time of year again, and we wanted to take the time to wish you all the best for the festive season. Thanks for your support and interest during the year that was 2014, and we wish you all the best for the year that will be 2015.

Around this time, things slow down a little bit at Debenu. We wanted to let you know that, between December 24 and January 5, support queries might be subject to slightly longer delays than usual. While we are still committed to providing high-quality support, we will have fewer staff on duty to respond to queries during this time.

Here’s to wishing you all the best for the holiday season and the coming year.

– The Debenu Team

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Debenu Quick PDF Library 11.13 Released

The final version of Debenu Quick PDF Library 11.13 has been released and is ready for download from our product updates page.

This new version is full of new functions, enhancements and bug fixes and we recommend that all customers upgrade to it to take advantage of the improvements. Visit the product updates page to download this new version and see a full list of the changes.

Download 11.13 from our Product Updates page

Version 11.13 Highlights

  • Fine tuning of underlined fonts and the underline thickness for EMF
  • Fixed a regression issue in NormalizePage with CropBoxes
  • Fixed GetPageImageList exporting 8-bit CMYK images
  • Fixed a font rendering issue with a true type font
  • Fixed Arc rendering routines when angle was greater than 180 degrees
  • Improved importing of EMF font mappings when not embedding fonts
  • Fixed linearization issue with encrypted files
  • Fixed linearization issue that caused incomplete files on output
  • Added support of rendering embeded TrueType Font Collections (.TTC) fonts
  • Fixed rendering of some JBIG2 issues with ImageMask=TRUE
  • Annotation rendering issues fixed
  • Over 33 bug fixes and 4 enhancements

Upgrading

Debenu Quick PDF Library 11 is a major new version of the product which means that the upgrade process is different from the minor version upgrade process, namely, upgrades are not free unless you meet certain requirements.

Free upgrades

Customers who purchased version 10 of Debenu Quick PDF Library on or after the 10th of July, 2014 (within 60 days of version 11’s release) or who own an active Premium Upgrade Protection subscription are eligible for free upgrades from version 10 to version 11.

Contact our sales team if you fall into this category and we’ll help you out.

Purchase an upgrade

An upgrade from version 10 or earlier versions to version 11 can be purchased at a discount (starting price is $269.00) through our online store. Users can upgrade their Single Developer, Multiple Developer or Source Code licenses to version 11. It’s also possible to purchase Premium Upgrade Protection with your upgrade purchase.

For example, if you own a Single Developer License + Standard Upgrade Protection for version 10 of Debenu Quick PDF Library then you will need to purchase the Single Developer Upgrade License + Standard Upgrade Protection (10.x to 11.x) product in order to upgrade to version 11 — though you can choose to buy the Premium Upgrade Protection version of that product if you prefer.

Feedback

As always we’d love to hear your thoughts on the new version of Debenu Quick PDF Library. If you have any questions, comments or general feedback, please let us know.

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Debenu PDF Viewer SDK 11.13 Released

The final version of Debenu PDF Viewer SDK 11.13.0.1 has been released and is ready for download from our product updates page.

This new version is full of new functions, enhancements and bug fixes and we recommend that all customers upgrade to it to take advantage of the improvements. Visit the product updates page to download this new version and see a full list of the changes.

Download 11.13 from our Product Updates page

Version 11.13 Highlights

  • Added CloseFile method for closing the file
  • Fixed manual search issues
  • Fixed pageCountChanged event issues
  • Fixed OpenFile return value issues
  • Added pageMouseUp and pageMouseMove events
  • Added SetNavigationPaneWidth method for adjusting the Navigation(Bookmarks/Pages) pane programatically
  • Added Initial View Support
  • Added GetVersion method for retrieving current DPVS version

Try the new version

A full list of the changes in Debenu PDF Viewer SDK 11 can be found on our product updates page. You can also download a 30 day limitation-free trial version of the library.

Upgrading

Debenu PDF Viewer SDK 11 is a major new version of the product which means that the upgrade process is different from the minor version upgrade process, namely, upgrades are not free unless you meet certain requirements.

Free upgrades

Customers who purchased version 11 of Debenu PDF Viewer SDK on or after the 10th of July, 2014 (within 60 days of version 11’s release) or who own an active Premium Upgrade Protection subscription are eligible for free upgrades from version 10 to version 11.

Contact our sales team if you fall into this category and we’ll help you out.

Purchase an upgrade

An upgrade from version 10 to version 11 can be purchased at a discount (starting price is $210.00) through our online store. Users can upgrade their Single Developer or Multiple Developer licenses to version 11. It’s also possible to purchase Premium Upgrade Protection with your upgrade purchase.

For example, if you own a Single Developer License + Standard Upgrade Protection for version 10 of Debenu PDF Viewer SDK then you will need to purchase the Single Developer Upgrade License + Standard Upgrade Protection (11.x to 12.x) product in order to upgrade to version 11 -— though you can choose to buy the Premium Upgrade Protection version of that product if you prefer.

Feedback

As always we’d love to hear your thoughts on the new version of Debenu PDF Viewer SDK. If you have any questions, comments or general feedback, please let us know.

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Bytes and Bobs: Tablets the Best Target for Mobile PDF Development

With our recent release of iOS- and Android-compatibility for Debenu Quick PDF Library, I thought it was a good time to reflect about the kinds of things it might be used for. Not long ago, I wrote a post about how I think that the PDF development opportunities for wearables like smart watches are pretty limited — potentially very useful, but definitely narrow in scope. Things like electronic ticketing seem like the best wearable PDF prospects to me. With that in mind, what is the point of a mobile PDF SDK that does anything more than viewing?

I’m glad you asked (sort of). It’s a good question, and one we obviously had to think about before we decided to build the mobile version of Debenu Quick PDF Library. Actually, I think that the real answer lies in the tablet space, which means that I agree with iText’s Bruno Lowagie, who was interviewed on Planet PDF a little while ago.

Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 with detachable keyboard.

Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3. Image originally appeared on Engadget.com (http://www.engadget.com/2012/11/05/surface-rt-storage-figures/).

Tablets represent a middle-ground between relatively powerful desktops (or even laptops) at one end and the far more mobile smartphones and (going forward), ultra-portable wearables. Indeed, the rise of hybrid devices like Microsoft’s Surface Pro are a kind of de facto acknowledgement that vendors know that their users want to work on tablets. Interestingly, Microsoft initially spurned the iPad as an entertainment device, refusing to develop a proper version of Office for the platform. Business users voted with their wallets, however, and when Microsoft finally capitulated, it ended up creating what has been called its “best touch-oriented software ever”. I have a friend who quite happily writes (precisely formatted) academic journal articles using Word on his iPad.

Some key software vendors are now employing technical and licensing solutions that are simply very friendly for those who want to work across a variety of devices, including tablets and/or smartphones. To stay with the example of Microsoft Office for a moment, each Office 365 subscription lets a user activate and install Office on up to 5 desktops or laptops and up to 5 portable iOS- or Android-based devices. If you have enough battery power and access to the appropriate files, there’s just no need to stop working when you are on the go if you have a tablet. As smartphones get larger and more powerful, creating the new “phablet” space, this statement is ever more true of them, too.

Tablets are particularly good for consuming and working with PDF. They balance portability with power and boast form factors that are comfortable for reading and editing. Of course, developing software for them poses unique challenges — even Adobe’s Reader Mobile SDK only handles rendering/viewing. That won’t necessarily be enough functionality for an increasingly mobile workforce, though. That fact has been a jumping-off point for both application developers and those like Debenu, who seek to provide them with adequate development tools for the shifting technological landscape. Ultimately, it was recognition of this need that inspired the development of the new cross-platform, mobile-ready version of Debenu Quick PDF Library. Now that we have released it, I’ll keep talking about it in this space, posting interesting or especially helpful samples here in this blog. We’re developers too, and we really would like the new library to be as usable as possible. We believe in it, and encourage participation from you, our developer community.

If you want to try out the new library for yourself, beta versions of the Win, Mac and iOS builds are currently available for download from Debenu Labs. If you do check it out, please let us know what you think. The choice to build and release this latest version of Debenu Quick PDF Library was driven by feedback from our developers, and we welcome your thoughts on how we’ve done so far.

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New Beta Release for Cross-Platform and Mobile PDF SDK

We’re excited to unveil a project we’ve been working on for the past year. It’s no secret that we have been building a mobile version of everyone’s favourite PDF SDK. It’s Debenu Quick PDF Library, but re-imagined for a multiple operating system and mobile world. Currently, the cross platform library runs on Windows (32-/64­bit DLL and 32-/64­bit ActiveX), Mac OS X (32-/64-bit Dylib) and iOS (arm6, arm7, arm7s and arm64). We’re currently in the process of finalizing the Android release, which we’ll be rolling out in January, 2015.

In the first instance, we have been working towards a goal of feature parity across platforms. That said, we may be open to the possibility of platform-specific refinement in the future to best capitalize on the distinctive strengths of each platform. As of right now though, the beta versions of the Win, Max and iOS builds are available for download from Debenu Labs.

The future is bright for Debenu Quick PDF Library. We will continue to develop the Delphi, DLL, ActiveX, LIB and Dylib versions of the library. Going forward, though, our updated technological framework will allow us to produce binaries for iOS, Android, 64-bit Mac and LIB systems. We will also be able to add support for new platforms much more quickly than was previously possible.

Please do check out the beta and let us know what you think. True cross-platform support and particularly support for mobile platforms have been our most-requested features over the last two years, and we’re very proud to now be able to offer a truly cross-platform version of Debenu Quick PDF Library.

We look forward to hearing your feedback!

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Debenu Quick PDF Library 11.13 Beta 2 Released

Debenu Quick PDF Library 11.13 Beta 2 has been released and is ready for downloading and testing.  The 11.13 Beta 2 installer can be downloaded from the button below.

Download Debenu Quick PDF Library

Release Notes

Bug fixes

  • Fixed text extraction bounding box issues with CVision OCR’d PDF’s
  • Fine tuning of underlined fonts and the underline thickness for EMF
  • Fixed a regression issue in NormalizePage with CropBoxes
  • Fixed GetPageImageList exporting 8-bit CMYK images
  • Fixed a font rendering issue with a true type font
  • Fixed Arc rendering routines when angle was greater than 180 degrees
  • Improved importing of EMF font mappings when not embedding fonts
  • Fixed linearization issue with encrypted files
  • Fixed linearization issue that caused incomplete files on output
  • Fixed an issue in GetSubFormNames with PDF’s with indirect references
  • Fixed crash in ReleaseSignProcess
  • Added support of rendering embeded TrueType Font Collections (.TTC) fonts
  • Fixed rendering of some JBIG2 issues with ImageMask=TRUE
  • Fixed DA rendering issue with images using indirect Indexed ColorSpace lookup entry
  • Fixed error handling of PDF files with an invalid Trailer dictionary
  • Fixed crash in NormalizePage with a rare malformed PDF file
  • Fix for GetDocumentMetadata to return correct Metadata in all cases
  • Improved reading of malformed linearized files from Aspose
  • Fixed a rare rare JPEG rendering exception
  • StrParm was not handling 0 length string correctly in C++ import headers
  • Fixed font rendering problem with malformed OpenType font
  • Fixed incorrect handling of EMF brushes when calling EmfDeleteObject
  • Fixed import of EMFPie function when importing EMF files
  • Improvements to customer version of ReplaceFonts
  • Bug fixes for files larger than 2GB in DAAppendFile and TransformFile functions

Enhancements

  • Added Option 10 to ReplaceFonts removes embedded fonts if it matches the 14 standard fonts
  • Improved documentation for DrawCapturedPage and CapturePage to explain how to use them in a clearer way
  • Allow GetPageImageList to extract masked images as PNG files (experimental)

Upgrading To Version 11

If you are still using version 7, 8, 9 or 10 and would like to upgrade visit this page:

Feedback! Any feedback large or small is appreciated. We’ll shortly be planning the next round of exciting new features for Debenu Quick PDF Library, so we’d really like to know what you want to see added to the SDK. Don’t be shy, email us and have your say.

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The Female Technologist: Flex and Tech

Since I started writing these posts, I’ve touched on some of the reasons that there aren’t more women in tech. One of the biggest is essentially self-perpetuating, namely, that there aren’t already many women in the industry. By definition, that means that there’s a dearth of female peers and mentors. The industry also hasn’t had a chance to get used to us. On one hand, that can have a dark side when it fosters exclusionary practices, but on the other, it can also mean that women in tech can side-step some of the habitual competitiveness that go along with networking in this industry (see my earlier post for more on that).

As time goes on and more women join the sector, presumably both these advantages and disadvantages will gradually reduce. Nevertheless, there are certain inherent advantages to women of working in tech, especially in these days of distributed offices and increased globalization. One key advantage can be summarized in just three words: flexible working arrangements.

Without beating around the bush, family commitments typically affect women’s workforce participation more than they do men’s. It’s no coincidence that there are more women working in situations in which they have the opportunity to job-share, work part-time, shift their working hours or even work remotely. Guess what? Tech is either potentially or already a leading industry in terms of these sorts of flexible working practices. On one level, advances in technology infrastructure have directly facilitated some of these measures. These advances mean that it has never been easier to collaborate with someone who is located in another state or country, or is working to a different schedule.

Even within tech, there are some roles that lend themselves especially well to this sort of work. In my experience working with developers, for example, I’ve come to realize that programming is often an essentially individual task, punctuated by periods of active collaboration and consultation. In many cases, this communication can even be asynchronous, which makes working complementary or partially overlapping schedules (for whatever reason) a breeze. In sales and technical support, there’s an expectation that you’ll have representatives available around-the-clock, which is a lot easier when you have a team that can work shifted hours, ideally from a variety of time zones. Indeed, for this reason, there are services like Quiip that specialize in out-of-hours monitoring of communication channels like social media.

As an employer, offering a range of possible work schedules means that you needn’t miss out on keeping or attracting the best staff just because they aren’t available to work to a standard 9-5, Monday-to-Friday working week. While this isn’t possible across all industries or roles, tech is at a distinct advantage. As a parent of young children myself, I have been able to personally benefit from this flexibility. The rise and rise of smartphones and spread of wireless data access means that I can work from wherever I find myself. This ease of access meant that I meant to take almost no time completely away from work, and have been in a position to hit the ground running as I increase my working hours. Maintaining good lines of communication with my team members and fellow executives means that everyone is always on the same page, and minimizes the impact of any unforeseen disruptions … like the inevitable seasonal school flu. Yes, working flexibly in tech can be very good indeed.

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Why buy Aerialist over TRS ToolBox (formerly ISIToolBox) Legal Edition?

The legal industry is driven by documents. As such, the preparation of legal documents needs to be fast, and it needs to be done right. A while back, I wrote a blog post about the use of Debenu PDF Aerialist with Acrobat for legal professionals, but it’s helpful to look at how Aerialist compares with a competing product in the space: TRS ToolBox Legal Edition.

First things first, the two products are both plug-ins for Acrobat, so that program is needed regardless. One of the interesting differences between ToolBox and Aerialist is the courses of their development. ToolBox (first as ISIToolBox and now as TRS ToolBox) has been around in one form or another for more than a decade, with more and more features added over time. Despite this incremental expansion of functionality, very little has been removed from the product in that time. Since Acrobat has also added significant functionality during that span, there are now marked functional overlaps between the two pieces of software.

Add Bookmarks for Legal PDF

By contrast, Debenu PDF Aerialist has been built from the ground up to work in concert with Acrobat without feature bloat or redundancy. Like ToolBox, Aerialist has been built using a mature and growing technology base. Unlike ToolBox, Aerialist has kept pace with Acrobat’s increasing feature-set to remain a perfect complement to that fundamental PDF application. When features become redundant due to the addition of core Acrobat functionality, they are removed or expanded in Aerialist. Perhaps the most intriguing part of this equation for shrewd purchasing officers is that Debenu also doesn’t charge for these redundant features, which accounts for significant unit savings, when compared with TRS ToolBox Legal Edition. We also don’t expect potential users to simply take our word for it, and have always offered a fully-functional, 14-day free trial of Aerialist.

Add Check Amend Links in PDF For Legal

While I’ve already addressed functionality in broad strokes, it’s worth looking at key features in detail:

  • Easily create bookmarks and hyperlinks. Aerialist can create bookmarks or links based on keywords, headings, fonts, tables of contents, page references, PDFs, settings files, or folder locations.
  • Manage, validate and audit links and bookmarks. In Aerialist, links and bookmarks can be configured, viewed, audited and validated in bulk. This functionality also allows users to repair bookmarks and links.
  • Access a palette of publishing tools. Aerialist features rich functionality for splitting, merging, stamping, and watermarking PDFs. Aerialist can split by page range, bookmarks, or page marks. Meanwhile, merging can be conducted either manually or according to a control file. Users can also add page numbers, letterheads, headers and footers, logos, or a range of dynamic stamps (including Bates numbers).
  • Redact content. Acrobat features strong support for redacting or censoring sensitive content. Users can remove the desired content manually or automatically via keyword, key-phrase or pattern-recognition (i.e., credit card details, phone numbers, social security numbers, email addresses or dates). Acrobat can also sanitize a document by removing sensitive information that may not be visible, including metadata, hidden or obscured content, or stored form data.
  • Enhance the quality of PDF files. Acrobat features sophisticated optical character recognition (OCR) functionality, can enhance scanned images, and reduce PDF file size for easy transmission.
  • Easily extract text and images from PDF files. Acrobat natively supports the extraction of PDF content by either manually selecting text and/or images. Acrobat can also convert entire PDFs as into a range of editable formats.
  • Leverage the flexibility of named destinations. Aerialist users can easily create, manage or modify bookmarks and links in bulk. Further, intelligent splitting and merging functionality is set by default to automatically preserve or update links and bookmarks regardless of re-pagination.

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So, with all of that in mind, I think you are left with five key reasons for choosing Aerialist:

  1. Price. First and foremost, Aerialist is more economical than TRS ToolBox. For a single license, TRS ToolBox Legal Edition weighs in at $750, while Debenu PDF Aerialist is a mere $495.
  2. Lack of redundancy. Both Aerialist and ToolBox are Acrobat plug-ins, but while Aerialist has been crafted to work elegantly with Acrobat, ToolBox still includes obsolete features that are now natively supported by Acrobat.
  3. Complements Acrobat. Aerialist has a demonstrated ability to keep up with changes to Acrobat, while TRS ToolBox still includes bloated, redundant features. Since past behaviour is the best predictor of future behaviour, Aerialist is more likely to stay in step with Acrobat going forward.
  4. Free trial. While both vendors offer pre-sales support, there is only a free, fully-featured trial version available for Aerialist. Given the important role of the product chosen, this allows potential customers to properly stress-test the product under real-world conditions.
  5. Feature parity. While they present and implement their functionality in different ways, both product offerings offer the key features needed to facilitate document preparation in the legal sector. While this isn’t a reason to choose Aerialist as such, it is a reason to consider it on an equal footing with ToolBox.

That’s all from me for now. If you would like to try Debenu PDF Aerialist there is a 14-day free trial.splitting_legal_768x90_white

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