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Final winners of 'Acrobat 7 Tips & Tricks: The 150 Best'

April 12, 2005

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In collaboration with Peachpit Press, we hosted a promotional contest to give away eight copies of the "Adobe Acrobat 7 Tips & Tricks: The 150 Best" book by Donna Baker. We've randomly selected all eight winners. This contest is now closed.

You can still download several sample tips from the book. Members of the global Planet PDF community can obtain a special purchase discount on this and other relevant books from Peachpit and Adobe Press.

The final list of winners, and their responses to the contest's Qualifying Question, are:

  • Briefly (1-2 paragraphs at most) explain a way you have used Acrobat -- either as a stand-alone product or as part of a larger solution -- and/or PDF files to solve a specific problem.

Acrobat 7: 150 Best Tips

  • Lucinda Plaisance
    Web Developer
    Metropolitan Council

    A: "My agency needs to disseminate detailed plans on transportation, parks, and water management to the public for review, prior to public hearings. We put large reports online as pdf documents(bookmarks come in handy as an interactive 'table of contents). We also use pdf for detailed maps, and for slide shows that provide good summaries/overviews of the plans. PDFs have been good solutions for us, enabling us to provide important public information in a wide variety of formats."


  • Rick Medlock
    Volunteer Webmaster
    Edmonton Girls Hockey Association

    A: "Using form functions added to scanned in forms (received from outside sources) we have achieved being able to have them filled out on screen, printed for faxing and submission by web. Worked great!"


  • Randy Yocum
    Technical Service Analyst
    RR Donnelley

    A: "I use Acrobat in many ways. One such use is creating PDF files of Microsoft Word documents of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). All of our workstations do not have Microsoft Word, therefore, reading a Word document is prohibitive. But everyone can access and read PDF files using either Acrobat or Reader. In addition to these PDF files, I have created a menu using Acrobat Forms that allows a table of contents of the SOPs and makes them only one mouse-click away. None of this could be done without the use of Acrobat."


  • Jim Tran
    Physician
    Atsugi NAF/Branch Health Clinic

    A: "I use adobe acrobat at least 5-10 times/week to convert various web pages or scanned literature/pamphlets, mostly with medical articles, or patient's handouts downloaded from medical sites, into PDF files formatted for easy 8.5 x 11-inch printing. These files are then distributed to other physicians in my clinic.

    I'm the only one with Acrobat Professional, but everyone else has the free Acrobat Reader on their PCs, so it's a convenient way to share info crucial to our profession."


  • Kent Wright
    Prepress Manager
    Continental Litho

    A: "PDF has been a workflow lifesaver for Prepress. We have several large clients who still insist on using Microsoft Word for their 400-500 page documents. As you can imagine, it has been very painful at times. Now, I have clients set up on their computers outputting print ready PDFs that are consistent and Rip correctly.

    We also have another client who creates large six-color catalogs in InDesign. We used to print postscript to the Rip, but with transparency, that caused many problems and a great deal of post-Rip fixes (too much time). Now we export PDF directly out of InDesign and then Rip. This has dramatically streamlined our workflow and helped us generate output files we can use the first time. YES!"


  • Kenneth M Sievers
    Vice President
    SNS Construction, Inc

    A: "We have appreciated how easy Acrobat is to use. Working in the Architectural and Construction industries, we have used Acrobat -- and PDF files -- for communicating our designs and contracts with homeowners and other clients. The security of PDF files has many advantages over Autodesk's DWF files, along with the easy of duplicating the final drawings. With one PDF file, we can simply produce multiple copies, along with different sizes, as required."


  • Harry Katz
    Production & Technology Director
    Institutional Investor, Inc.

    A: "Our division was way behind the times as far as using technology to enhance our marketing and online programs. I decided to take the bull by the horns and create a PDF business letter, enhanced by an embedded video, to show how we can get our message across. After the printer we deal with gave a presentation on how enhanced PDFs can improve revenue, the publisher was hooked and we are now embarked on a serious program to reach out to subscribers with rich media PDFs."


  • Tim Murphy
    Operations Manager
    Lease Consultants Corporation

    A: "In the equipment finance industry, the contract is at the center of the transaction. For a long time we created our documents in Word at our location, then just used PDF as the container to send it, until recently.

    To speed the process, I packed all the business logic (including rates, variable document content and other rules) into the PDF using JavaScript and AcroForms. We then distributed the PDF (called the Lease Generator) to our vendors that utilize our financing products to sell their equipment. Now our vendors can create a Lease Application, Proposal and the actual Equipment Lease contract on the fly at their location using the free Reader. No waiting and 100 percent accuracy, all the while providing the required security. This time savings has resulted in more sales and strengthened our vendor relationships. The next step will be XML and integration with our database."

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