Adobe publishes Acrobat Curriculum Guide for Educators (*only)
Freely downloadable series includes 11 interactive lessons and resource materials

25 April 2002

By Kurt Foss, Planet PDF Editor

Curriculum Guide

Adobe Systems has posted -- strictly for classroom instruction use by certified educators -- a free Adobe Acrobat Curriculum Guide. Developed by an educator, it includes a set of 11 interactive lessons designed to help students "learn the basics of Adobe Acrobat 5.0 software and use Acrobat to create a variety of interactive digital documents." Commercial use of the content of the Guide is strictly prohibited, according to the guide description on

Steve Adler, author of the guide, is Learning Systems Integrator for the Northern Valley Regional High School District located in Bergen County, New Jersey.

Each of the lessons is made up of:

  1. An overview of skill requirements, summary and objectives, and key concepts

  2. Exercises that contain step-by-step, hands-on practice to focus on these key techniques and concepts

  3. Suggested activities for integrating these skills and concepts in a variety of settings

  4. Resource files for working with the exercises

Lessons -- outlined below -- can be downloaded individually or as one 5 MB PDF file.

Adobe Acrobat Curriculum Guide

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
    • Overview of the Curriculum Guide
    • Using the Curriculum Guide Resource Files
    • Acrobat Digital Workflow
    • System Requirements
    Acrobat Lesson
  • Lesson 1: Getting Started -- Viewing PDF Files
    • Using the Help File
    • Using Navigation Tools in the Work Area
  • Lesson 2: Creating PDF Files from Host Files
    • Using Acrobat Distiller
    • Creating a PDF document
  • Lesson 3: Working with PDF Files
    • Manipulating Pages
    • Creating and Structuring Bookmarks
    • Creating Articles
    • Adding Actions
  • Lesson 4: Annotating PDF Files
    • Adding Comments
    • Working with Comments
    • Collaborating in a Workgroup
  • Lesson 5: Editing PDF Files
    • Editing Text and Images
    • Extracting Images and Text
    Acrobat Lesson
  • Lesson 6: Adding Interactive Features
    • Fields -- Buttons -- Links
    • Linking to a Multimedia
    • Making a Form
  • Lesson 7: Importing Digital and Scanned Material
    • Importing Image Files
    • Preparing Paper for Scanning
  • Lesson 8: Working with the Web
    • Converting Web Pages to PDF Files
    • Editing Captured Web Pages
  • Lesson 9: Presenting PDF Files
    • Creating an Opening View
    • Creating a Slide Show
  • Lesson 10: Protecting PDF Files
    • Using Security to Control Access
  • Lesson 11: Distributing PDF Collections
    • Preparing the Collection
    • Indexing with Catalog

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