Archive for January, 2008

Land Rover G4 Challenge

Tuesday, January 29th, 2008

Land Rover have just started accepting applications to the next G4 Challenge.

The Land Rover G4 Challenge is an exciting global adventure competition with driving at its core, run in support of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. The programme begins with a gruelling series of selections and culminates in the three-week long Challenge Finals, when teams of two competitors from each of the 18 entered nations will compete for victory. The Challenge Finals take place in some of the world’s truly spectacular urban and wilderness locations and combine off-road driving with activities such as mountain biking, kayaking, climbing, orienteering and abseiling, pitching competitor teams against each other in tests of driving skill, initiative, strategic thinking and physical fitness.

If adventure and driving excites you or you just want to see and interesting site, check it out.

At Tag we have both an established development team and a thriving, rapidly expanding, interactive department. The G4 Challenge is one of a growing number of projects that has involved people from both teams.

The interesting technologies being used here are:

  • A flash intro consists of a number of layered images, creating a panorama effect with the landscape that follows your mouse movements.
  • The application form uses PDF, so that online matches the offline paper version.
  • Reader Extensions are used so that applicants with Acrobat Reader can save their application form and fill it in off line.
  • The back end processing is using the new forms processing capabilities of ColdFusion 8
  • We use a content distribution network to provide efficient delivery of the site worldwide.

We will be adding more interactive features over the next few months in the lead up to the main competition.

Using Reader Extensions with Shared Reviews

Sunday, January 13th, 2008

A quick summary to link the previous posts together

  • Do the configuration
  • Set up WebDAV server to store comments
  • Using Acrobat, setup a shared review using this WebDAV location.
  • Acrobat will add some JavaScript to the document which you can use as a template for the next step.
  • Create your CF script to
  • With shared annotations the configuration is stored in the PDF; the actual annotations are stored on the webdav server.

    I was asked if there was a way of applying the annotations so they are applied by the server onto the original PDF. There isn’t an out of the box solution to this, but conceptually it appears possible. There are the pdfStamper and XPAAJ java libraries that have the ability to add annotations to a PDF. The annotations stored in WebDAV are in XML.