Winners in promotional contest for 'Adobe Acrobat 6 Complete Course'
Book by Ted Padova, from Wiley Publishing

29 March 2004

This contest is now CLOSED!

Acrobat 6 Complete Course

We teamed up with the good folks at Wiley Publishing to give away 8 free copies of the "Adobe Acrobat 6 - Complete Course" by Ted Padova to randomly selected members of our global community. Winners' responses to this contest's qualifying question are published below.

Planet PDF has also published the Table of Contents and a sample tutorial from the book, and an interview with author Ted Padova.

Final List of Winners

QUALIFYING QUESTION: Briefly describe and explain a current application of Acrobat and/or PDF that would be difficult to accomplish by another means or with another product or format.

  • Rick Pugh
    Designer/Drafting Supervisor
    Wescon Products Company
    Wichita, KS

    A: "We had four large engineering standards books which are our guidelines in our work process. By getting these on the system electronically, we established a standard that will enable our organization to streamline engineering workflow that incorporate a diverse set of complex documents. The results are improved productivity and the ability to quickly deliver better products to the customer.

    No other product on the market can do this as rapidly and proficiently as Adobe Acrobat."

  • Steve Sprague
    Editor and Designer
    The Electric Motor Education and Research Foundation
    Crestline, CA
    A: "Our work involves the dissemination of large quantities of technical information, especially very detailed charts and data tables, about the magnetic properties of various steels. We've chosen Acrobat as the publication vehicle for these documents as we can develop our information with high level charting and graphics applications and then distill them directly into Acrobat without any loss of resolution. Our users can then take advantage of Acrobat's advanced viewing features (e.g zoom, loupe, search and page splitting), allowing them a greater degree of readability than they would be able to get with any other screen based viewing format (HTML, custom programming, etc.) or even with printed pages."

  • Sydney Arechiga
    Document Production
    United Defense
    Minneapolis, MN
    A: "Working within a Document Center for a large defense contractor creates numerous opportunities to utilize Adobe Acrobat. This includes, but not limited to, converting drawings to be sent out worldwide for engineers to review; scanning photo images to be sent to floor personnel; creating libraries that can be accessed with a single application with the originals being in a multitude of formats."

  • Mei Qu
    Web Developer
    Alberta Motor Association
    Edmonton, AB, Canada
    A: "I can easily convert a Word form doc to a PDF eform and code a little bit for the functionality, then run it on web site. The advantage of doing it this way is that I can keep the original layout and style for looking and printing. I haven't seen any other Web-coding language or other software that can do this type of work. Thanks, Acrobat!"

  • Irene Scales
    Web & Publishing Officer
    City of Prospect
    South Australia
    A: "Every month we have various reports that are pulled together to make one large agenda for different local government Committees. These reports are created by different authors in Microsoft Word, plus scanned outside documents used as attachments. We use Acrobat 6 to create one big agenda from these different reports, we then use bookmarks to make reading the agenda or jumping to certain parts of an agenda more accessible. We have tried to do this within Word, but it just spits its dummy and crashes big time. I believe Acrobat 6 is the best tool to bring together these reports, making them searchable, easily accessible on the Web, not to mention easier to print as a whole (1 document as opposed to 20 different documents)."

  • Lowell Larsson
    Peritus Consulting Group
    Baltimore, MD
    A: "A current application that would be difficult to accomplish without Adobe Acrobat is the Web-based completion of a government-mandated form. It could be done using HTML and Cascading Style Sheets (I think, though I gave up trying to do it that way); however there are drawbacks to that solution. The actual rendering of an HTML-based form is dependent upon the Web browser that is being used. There can thus be inconsistencies in the visual layout, which can lead to confusion of users who are accustomed to completing the form on paper. In addition, when the form is submitted, it must be in the format that the government has established. Ensuring that the form is in the correct format would require that the data that the user enters is next formatted appropriately -- this is a separate step. Doing all this with Adobe Acrobat is a much simpler process."

  • Bernie Simon
    Documentation and PDF Development Specialist
    Excelsior Software, Inc.
    Greeley, CO

    A: "Using XFDF and Forms to customize PDF manuals on the fly What Adobe Acrobat allows me to do, is to export form data as XFDF from my company's educational assessment software suite, and use the XFDF data to populate forms in the 30+ software manuals used to support our software.

    In the PDF manuals, we use generic terms in describing basic educational system functions. For example, we use the default term Interval to describe what some schools may term a semester.

    What I've done using PDF forms and XFDF, is allow the schools to define their own terms, and their terms are then used throughout all of the support manuals. This provides a means for schools to be able to customize all support manuals in one easy shot to use the terms they know instead of the default.

    So, if a school wanted to use the term Semester instead of Interval in the support manuals, it can be changed in the XFDF, and it will automatically populate all of their manuals. Same can be done for other terms, for example, using Grade, instead of Assessment."

  • Igor Karlovic
    Teaching Assistant
    Faculty of Technical Sciences
    Novi Sad, Serbia and Montenegro, Yugoslavia
    A: "The new Acrobat gives us a great help in creating and repurposing educational materials for our students. Seminar papers, FAQs or any other hand outs are easily shared and distributed. We also encourage our students to hand over their sheet papers our seminar works in PDF. Because the myriad of programs that such a large number of people is using (different home installations with different operational systems) the Adobe Acrobat software family gives us an universal connection channel through which we can exchange and distribute the latest knowledge."


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