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Making booklets with Adobe Reader

Chris Dahl

Have you ever wanted to make a booklet from a PDF document? Until the Acrobat 7 family was released, the only way to accomplish this was with 3rd party tools, but Adobe Reader 7 can now accomplish this out of the box. Chris Dahl explains how in this tip.

Enterprise & Government   February 23, 2005

Access PDF files quickly

No matter how scattered your PDF files are, you can view them quickly using the Organizer feature in Adobe Acrobat 7.0 Professional. This tip from Adobe.com explains how to get started using Acrobat 7.0's PDF Organizer to manage your PDF documents.

Enterprise & Government   February 23, 2005

Transform any PDF document into a fillable form

Do you have scanned PDF forms that you need to make fillable? An invaluable technique if you are trying to migrate from a purely paper-based workflow to an electronic one. This tip from Adobe.com explains how to drag and drop your way to an interactive PDF form using Adobe Designer in Adobe Acrobat 7.0 Professional.

Enterprise & Government   February 15, 2005

Accessing the Acrobat Doc Object in LiveCycle Designer

Chris Dahl

So you've decided to move your Acrobat forms over to an Adobe LiveCycle Designer workflow. What happens to all of the JavaScript code you have written in the past to enhance your PDFs? Here's a tip from Chris Dahl that takes the pain out of this transition.

Developer   February 15, 2005

Printing Your PDF Bookmarks

Ernest Svenson

Bookmarks are wonderful navigational tools for PDF documents, and they are also a great way of organizing your documents. But what if you want to print out a list of the bookmarks you have in a document? This tip from PDFforLawyers.com's Ernest Svenson explains how.

Enterprise & Government   February 08, 2005

Sign PDFs with security

You don't need a pen to sign an electronic document. Security features in Adobe Acrobat 7.0 let you sign documents, whether to simply show approval or to control access and modifications to the documents you distribute. This tip from Adobe.com explains how.

Enterprise & Government   February 08, 2005

Easy PDF browsing from Internet Explorer

Cari Jansen

If you have stacks of PDF reference files stored in multiple directories on your server or workstation, then this tip might useful for you. During a typical installation of Acrobat, you install a feature that allows management of converted web pages from Internet Explorer. It was designed for easy conversion of web-pages to PDFs into selected directories and will only display PDF files. Cari Jansen explains.

Enterprise & Government   February 02, 2005

Navigating a Long Document

David Fishel

We all know how frustrating it can be to manually navigate through long PDF documents. Bookmarks and links help, but what about if they are inappropriately spaced or have not been created? Dave Fishel of PDFforLawyers.com provides a quick tip that can help ease the pain.

Enterprise & Government   January 26, 2005

MediaBox, BleedBox and TrimBox info in Adobe Acrobat 6

Cari Jansen

When creating PDFs that are PDF/X compliant it is a requirement that the MediaBox, TrimBox and BleedBox are properly defined in the PDF. Acrobat 6's Crop command is a handy tool to reference the various box sizes, as Cari Jansen explains in this tip.

Creative & Print   January 26, 2005

Adding dynamic stamps to PDFs when printing

Sean Stewart

Do you need to add stamps to hard copies of your PDF documents? This JavaScript tip from ARTS PDF's Sean Stewart allows for the addition of time and date stamps, expiry dates or other information to give you even greater control of your sensitive PDF documents.

Developer   January 19, 2005

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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.