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Acrobat 6 First Look - Search and Catalog

April 22, 2003

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Editor's Note: This article is part of the Adobe Acrobat 6.0 Learning Center

Acrobat 6 now allows you to search multiple PDF documents, albeit somewhat more slowly, without first having to index them with Catalog. In addition, the search user interface has been redesigned to be, not suprisingly, more Web oriented in its look and feel. This new system looks much more similar to what you would expect from the search system provided by Apple's Sherlock, the built-in Microsoft Windows XP search and of course, Google itself.

To search multiple PDF documents a user selects the files or folders to search across and adds a search phrase and other criteria. More complex Boolean searching is still limited to indexed PDF documents.

Search and Results

The separate dialogs -- the Find dialog for searching currently open PDF and the Search dialog for searching indexed collections of files -- are gone and in their place is the 'search PDF? pane.

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Simple and Advanced searching compared

Search Bookmarks & Comments

Search now includes support for searching bookmarks and comments and allows the user to use these and document information fields to search all areas of a PDF.

Catalog Exclusive to Acrobat Professional

While indexes will continue to work across all versions of Acrobat and the new Adobe Reader (previously known as Acrobat Reader), creation of them with Catalog is exclusive to the Acrobat Professional version.

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