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Adding a Digital Signature to a PDF from your iPhone

Jeremy Koadlow

Adobe created Adobe Reader app which allows users to open, view and sign PDF documents from email or when integrated from Dropbox and Google Drive.

Enterprise & Government   May 06, 2013

Slimming PDF bookmarks with JavaScript

Karl De Abrew

PDF bookmarks are a must for the usability and navigability of longer documents. When these bookmarks are created programmatically, they are based on a template created using a combination of user settings and the content of the source document or web page. Since not all such documents were created with PDF bookmarks in mind, cleaning up the resulting bookmark titles can become an important part of the QA process. In this tip, Karl De Abrew takes some of the pain out of this process.

Developer   June 26, 2012

PDF Optimizer feature in Acrobat X Pro

Rowan Hanna

Version X introduced a brand new user interface for Adobe Acrobat, but the absence of a menu for finding all the features in Acrobat meant that some features where harder to find than others. Find out where the PDF Optimizer feature now lives.

Enterprise & Government   May 23, 2012

Download ISO 32000-1 (PDF standard) document for free from

Rowan Hanna

As PDF is an ISO specification anyone is free to develop software that utilizes the PDF format. Usually the specification has to be purchased through the ISO website, but due to a deal deal between ISO and Adobe, the PDF specification can be downloaded for free from the Adobe website.

Developer   March 20, 2012

Bates-stamping over several sessions

Ernest Svenson

Bates-stamping is important if you want to keep track of documents you produce. If you don't have all of the documents ready at the same time, you'll need to conduct several production runs. In this article,'s Ernest Svenson discusses the related issues and suggests one way to accomplish Bates-stamping over multiple sessions.

Enterprise & Government   September 11, 2011

Searching for PDFs on the web

Dan Shea

Given the sheer amount of content on the web these days, it can be useful to filter results based on file format. In this PDF article, Dan Shea has a quick look at a recently released PDF-only search engine, explains how to find PDFs quickly using Google, and briefly compares the two.

Enterprise & Government   June 19, 2011

Best Acrobat keyboard shortcuts -- a handy list

Ernest Svenson

Acrobat is a powerful program with a lot of features. Unfortunately, this can mean that it can also take a little while to find the features that you want via the classic mouse-based approach. To help users get the most out of Acrobat,'s Ernest Svenson has made a list of his favorite keyboard shortcuts -- downloadable as a PDF, of course.

Enterprise & Government   June 16, 2011

Problem when printing PDF and page comes out grey?

Ernest Svenson

After a question from one of his readers,'s Ernest Svenson seeks to resolve what seems to be a common problem with printing PDF documents and having them improperly come out gray. He explores the issue in this article.

Enterprise & Government   March 13, 2011

Shortcut for fast PDF page navigation

Ernest Svenson

Of all the shortcuts you need to know, being able to quickly jump to a particular page in a PDF is most important. Let's say you have a 43 page PDF and you're reviewing it with someone by phone. They ask you to jump to page 30, and you're on page 1. How quickly can you jump to page 30?

Enterprise & Government   February 28, 2011

Two really useful shortcuts in Acrobat

Ernest Svenson

Spending the time to learn shortcuts will help you get the most out of any software, and that's especially true of Acrobat. Here's a quick tip from's Ernest Svenson that makes use of two important shortcuts.

Enterprise & Government   February 08, 2011

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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.