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Converting Screen Shots to PDF

This is a Macintosh-only feature. When it's selected, Acrobat lets you capture the contents of a window, a region, or an entire screen to a PDF file. This is convenient for people who write computer documentation.

To capture an entire screen to PDF:

  1. Choose File > Create PDF > From Screen Capture (Figure 4.15).

    Figure 4.15

    Figure 4.15 On the Macintosh, Acrobat can capture parts of your computer screen and convert the image to PDF.

    After a moment, Acrobat presents you with a document window containing an image of the entire screen.

  2. Choose File > Save As to save this file to disk.

To capture a window to PDF:

  1. Choose File > Create PDF > From Window Capture (Figure 4.15).

    The mouse pointer changes to a camera. As the pointer moves over the windows open on the screen, the current window turns blue.

  2. Click the window whose contents you want to capture.

    A document opens, containing an image of the window you clicked.

  3. Choose File > Save As to save this file to disk.

To capture a region of the desktop to PDF:

  1. Choose File > Create PDF > From Selection Capture (Figure 4.15).

    The pointer changes to a crosshair.

  2. Click and drag a rectangular marquee around the area you want to capture.

    Acrobat uses a nonstandard marquee with this tool: You drag out a light gray area on the screen (Figure 4.16).

    Figure 4.16

    Figure 4.16 When capturing a part of the screen, you drag out a light gray rectangle that indicates the capture area.

    Acrobat presents you with a document containing the contents of the region you enclosed (Figure 4.17).

    Figure 4.17

    Figure 4.17 The area of the screen you selected turns into a PDF image.

  3. Choose File > Save As to save this file to disk.
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