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Adobe Acrobat 9 How-To #61: Extracting Active Text from an Image in Acrobat 9
By Donna L. Baker
Oct 28, 2008
One cool feature in Acrobat 9 is the ability to convert an image containing text into real text, using optical character recognition (OCR). It isn't perfect, as Donna L. Baker notes, but Acrobat can save you a significant number of keystrokes that you would otherwise spend in retyping content.
Adobe Acrobat 9 How-To #110: Bookmarking Drawings, Maps, or Layers
By Donna L. Baker
Oct 27, 2008
Bookmarks are familiar to all of us from their use in browsers. Donna L. Baker explains how to extend the capability of bookmarks by adding them to Adobe Acrobat documents containing special elements such as drawings, maps, or layers.
Adobe Acrobat 9 How-To #94: Handling Form Returns
By Donna L. Baker
Oct 27, 2008
Donna L. Baker shows how to use the portfolio features in Adobe Acrobat 9 to keep form returns organized and find the specific results you need.
Adobe Acrobat 9 How-To #100: Measuring 3D Objects
By Donna L. Baker
Oct 23, 2008
Three-dimensional objects in many documents need measurements (height, width, and so on) to be displayed with the object. Donna L. Baker shows how to use the 3D Measurement Tool in Adobe Acrobat 9 to measure a 3D model and display handy measurement labels.
Adobe Acrobat 9 How-To #56: Selecting and Editing Text in a PDF
By Donna L. Baker
Oct 22, 2008
The Select tool in Adobe Acrobat 9 is an intelligent tool for selecting text, images, and tables. Donna L. Baker explains how to use the Select tool to grab bits and pieces you want to combine to create new content.
Adobe Acrobat 9 How-To #91: Simplifying a Visually Complex Form
By Donna L. Baker
Oct 22, 2008
Donna L. Baker demonstrates the power of Adobe Acrobat 9 to recognize form fields, a very useful capability when you need to bring forms (intact, if possible) into PDF files.
Adobe Acrobat 9 How-To #99: Editing in Adobe 3D Reviewer
By Donna L. Baker
Oct 22, 2008
Adobe 3D Reviewer is a separate application that's installed with Acrobat Pro Extended. In this How-To, Donna L. Baker describes some of the uses of Adobe 3D Reviewer for working with 3D files.
Adobe Acrobat 9 How-To #30: Managing and Distributing a Portfolio
By Donna L. Baker
Oct 21, 2008
By combining files in a portfolio PDF, you can keep related documents organized and share them easily. Donna L. Baker points out some useful capabilities for managing portfolios in Adobe Acrobat 9.
Adobe Acrobat 9 How-To #65: Recording and Using Audio and Video
By Donna L. Baker
Oct 21, 2008
Adding audio and video capabilities to your presentation can make it much more interesting for your audience. Donna L. Baker shows how to work with these features in Adobe Acrobat 9.
Adobe Acrobat 9 How-To #85: Tracking a Review
By Donna L. Baker
Oct 21, 2008
The Tracker feature in Adobe Reader and Adobe Acrobat can help to keep you from going crazy with trying to remember which files you've reviewed, which you've sent to someone else for review, and the current stage of the various files in the process. It sounds much more complicated than it is, as Donna L. Baker shows in this How-To.
Adobe Acrobat 9 How-To #106: Using Data Embedded in a Document
By Donna L. Baker
Oct 20, 2008
A number of programs produce PDF files that contain metadata converted from custom information embedded in the source files. Donna L. Baker shows how to view and work with this embedded object data, using Adobe Acrobat 9.
Guidelines for Creating Print-Ready PDF Files in Adobe Acrobat 9
By Adobe Creative Team
Oct 20, 2008
Choose one: a) Pay a professional printer a wad of cash to get great results from your PDF file. b) Keep some of that money in your pocket by following the Adobe Creative Team's suggestions on how to prep the file before you take it to PDF. Your call.
Working with 3D Content in Adobe Acrobat 9
By Adobe Creative Team
Oct 20, 2008
Adobe Acrobat 9 offers some pretty spiffy 3D capabilities, including the ability to rotate, spin, zoom, and add custom views of your 3D models. The Adobe Creative Team walks us through the coolest 3D features.
Converting Web Pages to Adobe PDF
By Adobe Creative Team
Oct 17, 2008
Have you ever printed a page directly from the Web, and discovered with dismay that the finished product looked nothing like the original version onscreen? The Adobe Creative Team shows how Adobe Acrobat 9 can help solve that problem (and others!) by enabling you to save a web page directly to PDF.
Getting to Know the After Effects CS3 Workflow
By Adobe Creative Team
Oct 17, 2008
Whether you use After Effects to animate a simple DVD title sequence or to create complex special effects, you generally follow the same basic workflow. The Adobe Creative Team demonstrates how to use this workflow to create a simple animated video.
Working with Bookmarks in Adobe Acrobat 9
By Adobe Creative Team
Oct 17, 2008
Getting around in a huge PDF document can take a lot of time. The Adobe Creative Team shows how to speed things up by using the bookmark feature in Acrobat 9 to create and organize bookmarks that give you quick-click access to the page you want.
How to Produce a PDF Portfolio in Adobe Acrobat 9
By Donna L Baker
Sep 5, 2008
Author Donna Baker explains how to use Adobe Acrobat 9's new Portfolio feature to bring your content together into one portable, customizable, well-organized package.
The Power of Preview: Ten Tricks for Getting More Out of Apple's Little PDF Viewer
By Neale Monks
Jun 1, 2007
Can you dump Photoshop in favor of Preview? Probably not, but Preview is a little gem of a program capable of doing far more than you might imagine, says Neale Monks.
Adobe's Trials and Tribulations Toward Rich-Media PDF
By Bob Connolly
Mar 9, 2007
If you're planning to produce an interactive PDF that will contain some form of audio, video, or animation, it's important to understand the limitations of the PDF specifications. We'll warn you right now: You must move carefully through a minefield to reach your final destination. Use this chapter as a map to learn Adobe's vision for Acrobat and how it gradually grew to become a multimedia application that allows PDF to replace the Web browser. You'll soon understand the reason why many Web page developers and others creating traditional forms of media have classified PDF as a disruptive technology.
Quick Guide to Saving and Printing Files in Acrobat 8
By John Deubert
Feb 9, 2007
Acrobat lets you save your PDF documents to a wide variety of formats. If you need to convert a PDF file to a TIFF file or an EPS file, just select those formats when you save the file. At print time, Acrobat gives you a lot of control over the details of how your document is placed on paper. You can even make a booklet out of your PDF file directly from Acrobat. In this chapter, you'll see how to use all of Acrobat's file saving, conversion, and printing capabilities.

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