Boston Broadside
November/December 2001
Vol. 59,  No. 2
    Newsletter of the Boston Chapter of the Society for Technical Communication


Copyright © STC Boston 2001

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Creating Interactive PDFs

By Mary Oliver Flebotte

  Shlomo Perets
  Shlomo Perets

The Boston and Northern New England STC chapters are proud to present world-renowned expert Shlomo Perets from MicroType, Israel as the guest speaker at our joint meeting on Monday, November 12, 2001. The dinner program will take place at the Sheraton-Lexington Inn from 5:45 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. To review the agenda for the program, to register, or to obtain directions to the hotel, see the Boston Chapter Monthly Programs page. If you have any additional questions about the November program, contact Taryn Light at .

Mr. Perets will provide a demonstration of PDF problems, pitfalls, and deficiencies based on extensive research and analysis of several hundred PDF files, using various authoring tools. He will discuss several aspects of preparing PDF material, including interactivity, display, print quality, find/search functionality, and bookmarks and links. He will provide testing guidelines. Mr. Perets will also present a brief review of some outstanding PDF projects:

  • Illustrated parts catalog
  • Product information CDs
  • "How to Read a Film" interactive eBook

Shlomo Perets founded MicroType, Israel in 1993. Mr. Perets specializes in training technical communicators to get the most out of FrameMaker and Acrobat and the combination of these tools. Mr. Perets has focused primarily on developing online documentation applications. He is the developer of the FrameMaker-to-Acrobat Advanced Techniques course and SP TimeSavers & Bookmark Controller. Mr. Perets contributes to PlanetPDF and other Acrobat and FrameMaker forums and regularly presents at the FrameUsers and PDF Conferences.

Mr. Perets joins the Boston and Northern New England chapters in conjunction with his seventh jaunt to Chelmsford to teach his "FrameMaker-to-Acrobat Advanced Techniques" Seminar on November 12-13. For more details, see

Mary Oliver Flebotte is the NNE Chapter Vice President and a member of the joint Boston/NNE STC Competition Committee. Mary is a software technical writer at BAE SYSTEMS in Hudson, NH.