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Intro to Acrobat 5 Batch Processing

Dr. D. P. Story

If you're an Acrobat 5 owner who has not yet discovered -- or at least explored -- the product's greatly enhanced batch processing capabilities, you're not getting your money's worth from the program. To show you just a taste of what you've been missing, Prof. D. P. Story offers an introduction to 'Batch' -- Acrobat 5 batch processing and scripting. He also offers tips on how to expand what you can do by easily creating your own custom sequences.

Developer   October 20, 2001

Best Practices #2: Creating Effective Acrobat Bookmarks

Shlomo Perets

Acrobat's bookmarks can be a particularly efficient navigation mechanism that provides easy access to common locations and actions. With nesting and expand and collapse capability, bookmarks create a constant conceptual display of the document's structure. Add easy navigation to all important items in your PDFs.

Enterprise & Government   August 27, 2001

Best Practices #1: Reducing the size of your PDFs

Shlomo Perets

There's a persistent myth that PDF files by their very nature are large in size; the fact is that in the majority of cases where file size is a legitimate issue, the result is due to poor authoring techniques, a lack of sufficient user knowledge about pitfalls and/or about what steps can be taken. Shlomo offers some valuable pointers.

Enterprise & Government   August 07, 2001

Capturing Legacy Content: A Primer for Action

Duff Johnson

'Until our content is finally corralled, authored, and maintained in the necessary technical harmony, we must deal with the archives of our existing work,' writes Duff Johnson of Document Solutions, Inc. "Yesterday's content ... now exists as purely peripheral value on dusty shelves or is languishing on unusable diskettes. Does this material have value in the new world of e-publishing?" Find out what Duff thinks in this article re-published with the author's permission from the June 2001 issue of Electronic Publishing magazine, the leading print resource on Acrobat PDF (several more timely articles in the same issue!).

Enterprise & Government   June 15, 2001

Adobe CEO Chizen hopes to build Acrobat PDF legacy

Kurt Foss

Bruce Chizen, President and CEO of Adobe Systems, recently discussed with Planet PDF a range of related, Acrobat-centric topics. In the interview, he talks about the growing importance of Acrobat within the company's product line, the launch of Acrobat 5.0, his own Acrobat-dependent legacy, Adobe's new "Network Publishing" vision, its approach to ebooks, an upcoming release of a PDF Forms Fill-in product and the future release of a single, dual-purpose Reader.

Enterprise & Government   June 04, 2001

IAC - Converting Word docs to PDF

How to convert a folder full of Word documents to PDF.

Developer   April 11, 2001

Automating Workflows - Improve Cycle Time & Increase Profitability

David Zwang

In his article "Automating Workflows," David Zwang explores the what, how and why of process automation, including a look at some basic automation tools and offering insights on ways to facilitate new workflows.

Creative & Print   March 05, 2001

PDF Tool Talk with Stephan Jaeggi

Bernd Zipper of Germany chats with Stephan Jaeggi of Switzerland about his long experience working with PDF in Prepress, and in particular about the "opportunities and dangers" Jaeggi sees for those who attempt to build a home-grown PDF workflow. His advice: "You don't have to switch to a PDF workflow all at once ... take it step by step. Run the PDF workflow in parallel with your existing PostScript workflow."

  March 05, 2001

Acrobat PDF Forms: A Step-by-step Introduction

Ted Padova

Ted Padova, author of the Acrobat PDF Bible, provides a detailed (17 parts) step-by-step guide on creating and using Acrobat PDF Forms. Many of the resources and examples cited in his article are also available for download.

Developer   February 01, 2001

'PDF for Graphic Arts: Who Benefits?'

Bob Greene

The Answer? Bob Greene of Lantana Software has it, and is sharing it in an article that highlights a number of the advantages and benefits, as he sees it, of Acrobat/PDF for people working in various publishing- and/or printing-oriented endeavors.

Creative & Print   January 11, 2001

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Adding a PDF Stamp Comment

OK, so you want to stamp your document. Maybe you need to give reviewers some advice about the document's status or sensitivity. This tip from author Ted Padova demonstrates how to add stamps with the Stamp Tool along with related comments.