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Our tips articles are archived in a series of categories for easy access. Select the category to the left to display only the articles related to that category.

Getting Form Fields in Order

Dave Wraight

In previous versions of Acrobat, users could simply choose a menu item from the Form fields menu to change the Tab order of Form fields. When version 6 hit the streets this option simply vanished! We get to the bottom of this functionality in Acrobat 6.

Developer   January 15, 2004

Automating Page Actions

Dave Wraight

In this follow-up to Using Page Actions to Trigger Events in PDFs, we show you how to add Actions (either Closing or Opening actions) to every Page in your PDF document - in batch!

Developer   January 12, 2004

Running multiple instances of Acrobat

Dan Shea

A look at the use of multiple instances of Acrobat to streamline document comparison and cross-referencing.

Enterprise & Government   December 12, 2003

Using Acrobat's Index Scheduling

Dave Wraight

A look at the use of Acrobat 6's new Index Scheduling feature to automatically update PDF Search Index files.

Enterprise & Government   November 28, 2003

Creating Dynamic Stamps in Acrobat

We look at two different methods for creating dynamic stamps with Acrobat 6.0 -- stamps that consist of a PDF image and a text form field that contains JavaScript to make it dynamic.

Enterprise & Government   November 20, 2003

Using the JavaScript Disclosed Document Property

Chris Dahl

With the introduction of Acrobat 6.0 comes the new 'disclosed' PDF document property, and its value determines whether a PDF can be accessed by JavaScript from within other PDF documents. Our latest sheds some light on this subject.

Developer   November 14, 2003

Applying Custom Distiller Settings

Brian P. Lawler

If you use Acrobat Distiller to create PDF files, then you've probably made custom settings. This little-known feature of Adobe Distiller will add efficiency and accuracy to your PDF production. We explore how you can use it.

Creative & Print   November 14, 2003

Commenting on PDF Comments

Anita Dennis

How effectively do you use the native commenting features of Acrobat? Many times, the problem is that adding annotations and comments can almost be "Too easy" resulting in cluttered documents that make life harder.

Enterprise & Government   October 30, 2003

Using Page Actions to Trigger Events in PDFs

Dave Wraight

Did you know that when you open or close a page in a PDF document Acrobat raises a little 'event' that you can hook into to activate a movie, play a sound or even run a Javascript code?

Creative & Print   October 23, 2003

Copying Pages in Acrobat

A neat little trick available in Acrobat: namely, the simple, manual duplication of page selections made in PDF files. This tip details the uses and capabilities of this function.

Enterprise & Government   October 09, 2003

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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.