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Convert and combine different files in Acrobat

Dan Shea

One neat thing about PDF is its ability to represent content from disparate sources, such as images, formatted text content, spreadsheets and graphs -- and that's not even mentioning the multimedia or 3D options. In fact, it's a simple matter to combine a collection of PDFs or other files into a single, self-contained PDF.

Enterprise & Government   August 27, 2009

Rotating PDF pages in Acrobat

Dan Shea

When you compile a PDF from multiple sources, you might find that some of the pages are sideways or inverted when you try to view them on-screen. Never fear! Acrobat can be used to rotate individual pages within a PDF document.

Enterprise & Government   August 27, 2009

Simplest PDF creation with Acrobat

Dan Shea

Sometimes, you just want to convert a file into a PDF document -- fast. With Acrobat, the task can be as simple as right-clicking. While this doesn't work with all file types, it is perfect for use with text files, Excel spreadsheets, Word documents, HTML files, image files and various other file formats.

Enterprise & Government   August 27, 2009

Optimizing PDF documents in Acrobat

Dan Shea

PDF is a great format for document delivery. With a little know-how, it allows you to send compact documents with the confidence that they will be faithfully displayed on your recipients' systems. What you might not know is that Acrobat includes a 'PDF Optimization' feature that can reduce file sizes even further. It can be used to adjust image compression settings or remove potentially unnecessary document elements such as comments, bookmarks or links.

Enterprise & Government   June 04, 2009

Custom stamps in Acrobat

Dan Shea

By default, Adobe Acrobat allows users to place various standard stamps on your documents such as 'Approved', 'Declined' or 'Accepted'. That said, you can also create your own custom stamps. Using this option, you can take a logo or other image from another application and turn it into a custom stamp. Once created, you can apply it to any PDF document in Acrobat.

Enterprise & Government   June 04, 2009

Securing PDF documents in Acrobat

Dan Shea

Sometimes, you want to stop other people from opening, editing, copying or printing your PDF documents. This tip explains how to do just that using Acrobat.

Enterprise & Government   March 06, 2009

Editing document information and metadata

Dan Shea

When you want to store a PDF document in an archive or simply provide more information, it is useful to update its document information or metadata. This includes things such as the author's name, and keywords relating to the document's content. Including appropriate metadata makes it that much easier to index your PDFs, and hence, easier to find them again later. This tip explains how to update a PDF document's metadata in Acrobat.

Enterprise & Government   March 06, 2009

Rotating pages using Acrobat

Dan Shea

If you have a PDF document that you have compiled from a range of sources (e.g. an Excel spreadsheet and a Word document), chances are that one or more of the pages will need to be rotated for easy on-screen viewing. Luckily, rotating pages in Acrobat is child's play. This tip explains how.

Creative & Print   January 22, 2009

Evaluating JavaScript using Acrobat's console

Dan Shea

If you have incorporated JavaScript into your PDF documents, chances are that you'd like to make sure that it's valid before you post the PDF to your website. The good news is that Acrobat has a handy JavaScript console that allows you to do just that.

Developer   January 22, 2009

Snap to grid using Acrobat

Dan Shea

When adding objects such as comments, images or form fields to your PDF documents, ensuring the correct position and alignment can be a nightmare. Luckily, owners of Acrobat can use the Grid Tool to arrange objects so they align perfectly. Use the 'Snap to grid' feature to align these objects against the grid lines displayed.

Enterprise & Government   October 02, 2008

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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.