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Sticky notes in Acrobat

Dan Shea

Perhaps the most intuitive way to annotate a PDF document is to add an electronic sticky note. While physical sticky notes are useful with hard-copy documents, electronic sticky notes are more efficient and provide a natural and familiar means by which to add and share comments on PDF documents without obscuring their content.

Enterprise & Government   October 25, 2006

Print to PDF from any application

Dan Shea

Perhaps the simplest way to create PDF documents using Acrobat is via the Print command. Any application that features such a command will include an 'Adobe PDF' entry in its list of printers upon installation of Adobe Acrobat and this can be used to 'print' a PDF version of the active document.

Enterprise & Government   October 11, 2006

Extract pages from a PDF in Acrobat

Dan Shea

Acrobat allows users to extract individual pages from PDF documents. This is a very convenient function for users looking to obtain excerpts of longer documents.

Enterprise & Government   October 03, 2006

Copy images in Acrobat 7

Dan Shea

Acrobat allows users to copy and re-use images from PDF documents when this is not specifically prohibited by the file's security settings.

Enterprise & Government   September 13, 2006

This week in PDF: Office PDF widget released

Dan Shea

As Microsoft takes the next step to make PDF creation available directly from Microsoft Office, this week in PDF has seen a personnel move, the release of a new portable PDF viewer and an update to an optical character recognition (OCR) product.

Enterprise & Government   September 13, 2006

Karl's Corner: Conversation starters

Dan Shea

The latest rumblings and ramblings from BinaryThing CEO Karl De Abrew. This week, Dan Shea fills in for Karl and talks about slaying awkward conversational pauses.

Enterprise & Government   September 13, 2006

Add document information in Acrobat 7

Dan Shea

One handy feature of Acrobat 7 is that it allows users to add 'Document Information' (AKA metadata) such as title, subject, author name and a selection of keywords to PDF documents for simpler categorization and archival. Better yet, adding document metadata is a quick and easy way to take the pain out of tracking down your PDF documents the next time you need them.

Enterprise & Government   August 16, 2006

Add a file attachment with Acrobat 7

Dan Shea

Many is the time that you will want to attach a PDF or other file to your primary PDF document before sending it on or for archival purposes. For instance, you may want to attach a copy of the document's original source file, companion documents or other related materials. Luckily, the PDF format allows for just this, via Acrobat 7's attachment features.

Enterprise & Government   August 09, 2006

PDF readability shortcuts in Acrobat 7

Dan Shea

To streamline Acrobat's interface, why not pick up a few simple keyboard shortcuts? This tip covers several shortcuts related to adjusting the zoom level for a more personalized and immersive reading experience.

Enterprise & Government   July 18, 2006

Manipulating pages in Acrobat 7

Dan Shea

Adobe Acrobat 7 allows users a great deal of control when it comes to manipulating pages in your PDF documents. Acrobat 7's Document tab includes a range of useful functions such as insertion, extraction and deletion of pages.

Enterprise & Government   June 22, 2006

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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.