Winners in promotional contest for 'Acrobat 6: Professional User's Guide'
Contest in collaboration with Apress and authors Donna Baker, Tom Carson

23 February 2004

This contest is now CLOSED!

Adobe Acrobat 6

We recently teamed up with the good folks at Apress to give away 8 free copies of the "Adobe Acrobat 6: Professional User's Guide" by Donna Baker and Tom Carson to randomly selected members of our global community. Winners' responses to this contest's qualifying question are published below.

Planet PDF has also published with permission a sample chapter on "Commenting and Advanced Editing Tools" from the book.

Final List of Winners

QUALIFYING QUESTION: Briefly describe what you believe to be one of the most underutilized (but useful) features or applications of Acrobat and/or PDF, based on your (or your company's) own usage.

  • Jeff Dodd
    Project Manager
    TV Guide
    Radnor, PA
    A: "File compression is the greatest benefit PDF offers to us. Distilling cleans up most PostScript irregularities, downsamples over-sized graphics and applies robust compression to all objects in the file. This saves us disk space and transmission costs and allows us to retain the 'print image' of our books in a readily viewable format."


  • Kris Bogaerts
    Scientific Researcher
    Biostatistical Centre
    K.U. Leuven
    Leuven, Belgium
    A: "The most underutilized, but very useful feature in Acrobat, is JavaScript. A lot is possible with JavaScript, but it is actually used very little. One application where it was used was adding a footnote with page numbers automatically on each page. This was not possible in the original document because several sources of data were combinded into one PDF document."


  • Mike Lesyshen
    Technical Representative
    Prolific Graphics
    Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
    A: "We're commercial printers and I believe the coolest, most underutilized feature in Acrobat is the annotations feature. I've been pushing our clients to notate the PDFs they submit when there are areas of concern, to pinpoint the potential production issues, or specify the changes in new versions for our staff to focus on. Pity more people don't take the time."


  • Jane Lodge
    Designer
    Kimberley Stolen Generation Aboriginal Corporation
    Broome, Western Australia
    A: "I find the 'Watched Folders' feature is extraordinarily useful and not much used by anyone else I know. It's especially good when you have to make several versions of a pdf ... one for e-mailing (72dpi), another for printing as a rough proof (150dpi) and one for pre-press. All the output takes place automatically and by the time I've finished it's all sitting there ready for me. Great stuff!"


  • Mary Elise Dedicke
    Technical Writer
    Fleet Libris Information Solutions
    Albany, NY
    A: "No one in our group uses the new-and-improved search capabilities of Acrobat 6 Reader. Instead of searching the 5000-page document set I publish or the glossary that's provided, everyone calls me to get a quick answer for where such-and-such topic or definition is located. All I do then is run a search across all files in the directory, and Acrobat lists and ranks the results. Employees could do a lot more 'self-serve' searching and save themselves a phone call."


  • Dick Davis
    Assistant Division Director/Instructor
    Shoreline Community College
    Shoreline, WA
    A: "We use the mulitmedia capabilities in our beginning courses to not only develop on screen presentations for our courses but as a tool to provide students exposure to multimedia and to simple scripting (Java) ... works incredibly well to develop basic skills ... easy to learn ... easy metaphor ... seemless contstruction of graphics and text in other graphics programs. I also use the program in advanced Web design using it to design catalogs and multipage books for Web applications."


  • Eric Isaacson
    Product Literature Manager
    SEL
    Pullman, WA
    A: "Definitely the Commenting feature of Acrobat 6. At our company we have multiple authors working on many documents as well as remote authors from all over the world. I know that if I could get these authors to submit change requests/edits to our documentation using the Commenting feature it would help reduce the time it takes to integrate those marks, as well as reducing the typographical mistakes caused by interpreting hand-written (and faxed) notes."


  • Ted Rudolph
    CTO
    Innovative PDF Solutions
    Oakland, CA
    A: "We feel that one of the most underutilized features of Acrobat is Destinations. We create databases that link part numbers to PDF technical catalogs for companies to post on their website. Some of our customers catalogs are large so we create Destinations inside of the catalogs so that their part numbers open to a specific page, or area on a page, in their PDF catalog on the website. This saves their customers time by not have to wait for the entire catalog to download before they can do a search for the part number they are looking for."



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