Final List of Winners in "Adobe Acrobat 5 Professional User's Guide" promotion
Contest, in partnership with Apress, is now closed Professional Users Guide

30 May 2002 | Updated: 21 June

This contest is now CLOSED!

Planet PDF is pleased to announce the final list of eight weekly winners in our recent promotional contest to win free copies of "Adobe Acrobat 5: The Professional User's Guide" by Donna Baker.

Many thanks to our promotion partners at Apress for providing eight copies to be offered as incentives to members of the Planet PDF community!


Our winners are:

  • Deborah Funk
    Lead Designer
    USANA Health Sciences, Inc.
    Salt Lake City, UT

    Qualifying Question: Please review the Table of Contents for 'Acrobat 5: The Professional User's Guide,' then briefly explain which chapter would be of greatest interest, and why.

    "Chapter 8: Making Documents Accessible to Everyone."

    "As a graphic designer I am approached almost daily to convert pre-existing, digital-based previously printed documents to PDFs that can be either posted to the Web or e-mailed to various associates around the world. I am constantly working to keep these documents both reader- and printer-friendly. As many people have so many different types of computers."

    "Recently a press that we use on a consistent basis for our printed material indicated that we would soon be able to send hi-res PDFs for high-res output on the press. This has the potential to let us e-mail various documents for print instead of sending a disc via X-name delivery service. This could save use a day or two on press time."

    "Both of the above mentioned methods provide various learning curves for myself and my co-workers and I am constantly looking for ways to gain the proper knowledge for us all."


  • Greg Larsen
    Pro-bono Technical Support
    National Association for Practical Nurse Education and Service
    Alexandria, VA

    Qualifying Question: Please review the Table of Contents for 'Acrobat 5: The Professional User's Guide,' then briefly explain which chapter would be of greatest interest, and why.

    "Chapter 4: Making your documents secure."

    "The organization has embarked on a re-engineering of their personnel certification programs. These must be delivered in multiple media. They must also be implemented with security both of the content, the pre-tests, the test, the answers and the PIN #'s each student is required to enter to both access the study content, take the exam and depending on the availability of test response media be secure in the recording/capture and delivery of the test results for grading. The future objective state is to be able to offer the exam and study materials in various media -- paper, CD, and online. Current plans suggest that a PDF-based approach with Acrobat is the likely candidate."


  • George McKinney
    Developer
    Tantalus Communications Inc.
    Vancouver, BC Canada

    Qualifying Question: Please review the Table of Contents for 'Acrobat 5: The Professional User's Guide,' then briefly explain which chapter would be of greatest interest, and why.

    "Chapter 10: Creating Forms with Acrobat"

    "I'm a (mostly) Java developer. A project I am doing maint. on involves creating an .fdf from user entered information, merging that with .pdf forms, and presenting the filled in form. I have to "cookbook" most of my work (based on project docs and e-mails with the (now absent) original developers) but would really like to have a better feel for what is going on."


  • Wolfgang Reiner
    Head of Technical Documentation
    Leica Geosystems AG
    Heerbrugg, Switzerland

    Qualifying Question: Please review the Table of Contents for 'Acrobat 5: The Professional User's Guide,' then briefly explain which chapter would be of greatest interest, and why.

    "Chapter 16: More on JavaScript"

    "There are really a lot of things that can be done directly with Adobe Acrobat to enhance the capability of PDFs (e.g. including sounds, movies, making forms, links, ...) but if you want to design very customized PDFs (e.g. a small "How to use ...." PDF including a test with automised evaluation) there is something missing. And this can be done with JavaScript."

    "For PDF users / creators who are no JavaScript experts it really would help to see what is possible with JavaScript / what can be easily done with it."


  • Etienne Grosjean
    Information Designer
    Cybermation Inc.
    Markham, Ontario, Canada

    Qualifying Question: Please review the Table of Contents for 'Acrobat 5: The Professional User's Guide,' then briefly explain which chapter would be of greatest interest, and why.

    "Chapter 9: Indexing and Structuring Documents"

    "Information is useless unless you can find it. Indexing allows to find what you need. Structure exposes the logic of the information and make it clearer. Structure can also allow repurposing."


  • Linda Foltz
    Technical Writer
    SHAZAM
    Johnston, IA

    Qualifying Question: Please review the Table of Contents for 'Acrobat 5: The Professional User's Guide,' then briefly explain which chapter would be of greatest interest, and why.

    "Chapter 16: More on JavaScript"

    "More on JavaScript would be the chapter of greatest interest to me. I chose this chapter because of the many functions that JavaScripting can provide and because it is probably the one part of PDF's that I have the most to learn about."


  • John W. Miescher
    Resident DTP Guru
    Bizgraphic
    Vandoeuvres, Switzerland

    Qualifying Question: What other export formats would you use if they were available in Acrobat?

    A: "EPS."

    "This would allow us to extract certain data for scripting purposes and re-distill the whole book rather than page-by-page via Illustrator."

    "Example: We received a catolog from an advertsing agency for inclusion in a CD. It had over 500 pages and some 600 products but not a single bookmark or internal link from the alphabetical index or from chapter Table of Contents. We exported the index as .RTF and re-created it in PageMaker 7 and added links with our own scripting tool, but still had to manually place bookmarks and add buttons (with JavaScript rather than links) to point to a product's page. Took over 3 hours."

    "With EPS we could import the whole in PM7 or InDesign and automate the process and do it minutes instead."


  • Donita J. Parker
    Scientific Illustrator
    U. S. Geological Survey
    Portland, OR

    Qualifying Question: Please review the Table of Contents for 'Acrobat 5: The Professional User's Guide,' then briefly explain which chapter would be of greatest interest, and why.

    A: "Chapter 8: Making Documents Accessible to Everyone."

    "The government has a mandate to make everything that is posted on the Web meet 508 accessibility requirements. Unfortunately, the requirement went into effect before the procedures and software were really ready. The conversions from FrameMaker can be difficult and tedious. We are always looking for ways to do the job more efficiently."


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