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Nick Arenson posted this message last 12/20/98. I wanted to follow up on
this one as it suddenly became an important issue in my office.
I recently purchased Adobe Acrobat 3.01 and have fallen in love with the
program. Virtually everything I do can be archived and viewed by others in
PDF format.
I use a Visioneer's Paperport deluxe to manage archived files, but it is a
proprietary system and will only export to Acrobat.

Does anyone know of a file management system that will track, organize, and
allow temporary viewing of PDF files? I've been searching for a program that
will work with PDF format and will create thumbnails of the documents.

Specifically, I can generate all of the documents (analysis, drafting, etc)
from multiple programs and print them to a PDF printer driver. I then
organize the entire analysis package into a PDF book which has a few
benefits. First, it is much smaller in size than the sum of the original
parts. Second, it will print to a conventional printer and look as good as
the original.
I save the originals either on a Zip drive or on Tape in case I need to edit
the originals at a later time.

Everything that I wish to save goes into PDF format including HTML pages
from the Internet (printing to PDF preserves the graphics in one file).

If anyone wants to discuss this topic - here I am:>)

Dennis Wish PE

-----Original Message-----
From: Nick Arenson [mailto:arenson(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Friday, December 18, 1998 3:05 PM
To: 'seaint(--nospam--at)'
Subject: Construction Admin. Electronic and Paper File Systems

We are investigating electronic and paper file systems for use during
construction administration on major commercial projects.

Do any of you have formalized tracking systems for documents? If so, are
the systems useful and productive or do they take more time to manage
than they're worth?

Nicholas Arenson, PE
Krawinkler, Luth & Associates, Inc.
160 Jefferson Drive, Menlo Park, CA 94025
Phone: 650.688.4710 Facsimile: 650.688.4712
E-mail: arenson(--nospam--at) <mailto:arenson(--nospam--at)>    Web: