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Sams teach yourself Adobe Acrobat 5 in 24 hours
Smith, Christopher.
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Indianapolis, Ind. : Sams, [2002]

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xvii, 432 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
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Sams Teach Yourself Adobe Acrobat 5 in 24 Hours shows readers how to effectively create, manage, and use PDF files to improve productivity.

Going beyond the "how-to" involved with making and distributing PDF files, this book also explores when to use PDF files for collaboration on projects.

Adobe Acrobat accommodates a wide range of users' different needs, and Sams Teach Yourself Adobe Acrobat 5 in 24 Hours clearly spells out the steps and settings necessary for each type of project.

Author Notes

Chris Smith is a wildlife artist living in Interlochen, MI. He has illustrated over a dozen books & is the contributing artist for the "Retriever Journal" & "Pointing Dog Journal", & co-author of "Waterfowling Horizons", a book about modern waterfowling methods.

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Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Part I Getting Started with Acrobat and PDFp. 5
Hour 1 What's So Great About PDF?p. 7
How Can PDF Change Your Office Environment?p. 8
How Do PDF Documents Differ from Other Documents?p. 10
Adobe Acrobat or Reader--What's the Difference?p. 11
System Requirementsp. 13
What's in the Box and What's Availablep. 14
The Acrobat Interfacep. 15
Navigating in Acrobatp. 19
Summaryp. 20
Workshopp. 21
Hour 2 Navigating in PDF Filesp. 23
Page Modesp. 24
Page Layoutp. 26
Navigation Tools and Techniquesp. 27
Summaryp. 36
Workshopp. 36
Part II Creating PDF Filesp. 39
Hour 3 Where Do PDF Files Come From?p. 41
Not All PDF Files Are the Same Qualityp. 42
PDF Files as eBooksp. 44
Tools for Creating PDF Filesp. 45
Summaryp. 48
Workshopp. 48
Hour 4 Creating PDF Files from Your Electronic Documentsp. 51
A Short History of WYSIWYGp. 52
The Best Choice for Making PDF Files: Acrobat Distillerp. 53
The Acrobat Distiller Main Windowp. 53
Making a PDF File Using Distillerp. 56
Customizing Distiller Settingsp. 57
Creating Personalized Settings for Distillerp. 65
Securityp. 65
Automating Distiller: Creating Watched Foldersp. 66
Creating PDF Files Without Launching Distillerp. 68
Summaryp. 69
Workshopp. 70
Hour 5 Easy PDF Creation for Microsoft Office Usersp. 73
PDFMaker--Creating PDF Files Easilyp. 74
Customizing Settings for PDFMakerp. 75
Using the Convert to Adobe PDF and Email Optionp. 81
Summaryp. 81
Workshopp. 81
Hour 6 Converting Paper Documents to PDFp. 85
About Acrobat Capturep. 86
Scanning Documents into Acrobatp. 86
Converting Previously Scanned Files to PDFp. 87
Making Scanned Files Searchable: OCR in Acrobatp. 88
Cleaning Up OCR Mistakesp. 90
Paper Capture Onlinep. 91
Summaryp. 93
Workshopp. 93
Hour 7 Converting HTML to PDF with Web Capturep. 97
HTML Versus PDF--What's the Difference?p. 97
Why Use Web Capture?p. 99
Converting HTML to PDF: Capturing a Page or Sitep. 100
Conversion Settingsp. 103
Setting Web Capture Preferencesp. 107
Locating Web Links Within a Documentp. 109
Adding PDF Pages from Web Linksp. 109
Summaryp. 110
Workshopp. 110
Part III Using and Adding Navigational Tools to PDF Filesp. 113
Hour 8 Managing Pages with Thumbnailsp. 115
What Are Thumbnails?p. 115
Embedding Thumbnails in a PDF Filep. 117
Using Thumbnails for Navigationp. 118
Rearranging Page Sequencep. 119
Deleting Pagesp. 120
Merging Pages Between Documentsp. 121
Using Menu Commands and Context Menusp. 121
Summaryp. 123
Workshopp. 124
Hour 9 Creating an Interactive TOC with Bookmarksp. 127
Navigating and Using Bookmarksp. 128
Creating and Customizing Bookmarksp. 129
Modifying Bookmarksp. 131
Applying Actions to Bookmarksp. 132
Renaming Bookmarksp. 137
Arranging Bookmarksp. 137
Setting a Document to Show Bookmarks When Openedp. 138
Bookmark Propertiesp. 139
Deleting Bookmarksp. 139
Summaryp. 139
Workshopp. 139
Hour 10 Using Links to Add Interactivity to PDF Filesp. 143
Using Linksp. 144
Creating Links Within PDF Filesp. 145
Link Properties and Actionsp. 146
Editing an Existing Linkp. 150
Automatically Creating Links to Web Sitesp. 150
Setting Page Actionsp. 151
Creating and Modifying Destinationsp. 152
Using Articlesp. 154
Changing Existing Articlesp. 156
Summaryp. 157
Workshopp. 157
Part IV Reviewing and Editing PDF Filesp. 161
Hour 11 Extracting Text and Graphicsp. 163
Extracting Portions of Textp. 164
Extracting Tables and Formatted Text (Windows Only)p. 167
Extracting Entire PDF Files for Editingp. 170
Extracting Imagesp. 172
Summaryp. 173
Workshopp. 173
Hour 12 Editing a PDF Filep. 177
Editing Text with the TouchUp Text Toolp. 178
Limitations to Text-Editing Capabilitiesp. 179
Changing Text Attributesp. 180
Additional Text-Editing Capabilitiesp. 182
Editing Graphics with the TouchUp Object Toolp. 183
Using Third-Party Editing Toolsp. 185
Editing Entire PDF Filesp. 187
Summaryp. 187
Workshopp. 188
Hour 13 Adding Comments and Annotationsp. 191
A Few Facts About the Use of Commentsp. 192
Comments Toolsp. 193
Graphic Markup Toolsp. 201
Text Markup Toolsp. 204
Other Things You Can Do with Comments in Acrobatp. 207
Sharing Comments Onlinep. 211
Summaryp. 212
Workshopp. 212
Part V Document Security and Digital Signaturesp. 215
Hour 14 Creating and Applying Digital Signaturesp. 217
Using Digital Signaturesp. 218
Creating a Profilep. 218
Sharing Your Public Profilep. 220
Importing Signature Certificatesp. 221
Verifying Digital Signaturesp. 223
Using the Signature Palettep. 225
Applying a Signaturep. 227
Invisibly Signing Documentsp. 228
Changing the Appearance and Properties of Your Signaturep. 229
Summaryp. 231
Workshopp. 231
Hour 15 Protecting Your PDF Filesp. 235
About Document Security with Acrobatp. 236
Applying Password Security for Opening a Documentp. 237
Using Security to Restrict Access to Featuresp. 238
Applying User-Level Security with Digital Signaturesp. 241
Changing Security Optionsp. 242
Digital Rights Management and eBook Securityp. 243
Summaryp. 244
Workshopp. 244
Part VI Forms and Buttonsp. 247
Hour 16 Creating and Using Interactive Formsp. 249
The Power of Creating Forms in Acrobatp. 250
PDF Forms Versus HTML Formsp. 250
Creating Form Fieldsp. 251
Working with Form Fieldsp. 262
Validating and Calculating with a Form Fieldp. 267
Form Data Use Over the World Wide Webp. 271
Summaryp. 272
Workshopp. 272
Part VII Using PDF Files for Multimedia Presentationsp. 275
Hour 17 Enhancing a PDF with Multimediap. 277
Using Movies and Sound Within PDF Filesp. 278
Correct File Formats for Movie and Sound Filesp. 279
General Information About Inserting Movies into PDF Documentsp. 280
Inserting Sounds into PDF Documentsp. 283
Adding Buttons Such as Stop, Play, and Pausep. 286
Important Considerations When Using Movies and Soundsp. 287
Using a Page Action to Play a Soundp. 288
Summaryp. 289
Workshopp. 290
Hour 18 Using Acrobat for Presentations: The Full-Screen Modep. 293
Creating Presentationsp. 294
Design Considerations for Full-Screen Presentationsp. 296
Setting Documents to Open in Full-Screen Modep. 297
Changing Full-Screen Preferencesp. 298
Summaryp. 302
Workshopp. 302
Part VIII Advanced Topicsp. 305
Hour 19 Automating Acrobat with Batch Processingp. 307
Overview of Batch Processingp. 308
Using Predefined Batch Sequencesp. 308
Editing the Batch Sequencesp. 310
Creating Your Own Batch Sequencep. 312
Sharing Batch Sequences Among Other Computersp. 313
Useful Batch-Processing Examplesp. 314
Summaryp. 315
Workshopp. 316
Hour 20 Setting Preferences and Propertiesp. 319
Document Propertiesp. 320
Accessing Other Document Propertiesp. 320
Document Summaryp. 321
Working with Document Preferencesp. 327
Setting Table/Formatted Text Preferencesp. 341
Web Capture Preferencesp. 341
Internet Settingsp. 341
Summaryp. 341
Workshopp. 342
Hour 21 Searching Multiple PDF Filesp. 345
Why Index Your PDF Documents?p. 346
Building a Searchable Indexp. 346
Finding Versus Searchingp. 352
Refining a Searchp. 353
Purging and Rebuilding Indexesp. 356
Summaryp. 358
Workshopp. 359
Hour 22 Designing PDF Documentsp. 361
Paper Versus Digitalp. 362
Screen Sizes and Resolutionp. 363
Typeface Considerationsp. 364
Graphic Resolutionp. 369
Color Spacep. 370
Summaryp. 371
Workshopp. 371
Hour 23 Making PDF Files Accessible for Allp. 375
Accessibility Featuresp. 376
Verifying Line Endings in a Reflowed PDF Documentp. 382
Changing the Reflow Order in Tagged PDF Documentsp. 383
Converting Existing PDF Documents to Accessible PDF Documentsp. 385
Checking for Accessibilityp. 386
Checking Accessibilityp. 388
Editing the Logical Structure Tree Using the Tags Palettep. 390
Summaryp. 390
Workshopp. 391
Hour 24 Printing with Acrobatp. 393
Printing Annotationsp. 394
Printing Page Ranges and Nonconsecutive Pagesp. 394
Printing a Portion of a Pagep. 395
Adjusting Print Sizesp. 396
Printing Oversize Documentsp. 396
Prepress Options in Print Settingsp. 398
Trapping Keyp. 400
Printing and Prepress Plug-insp. 400
Troubleshooting Printing Problemsp. 401
Summaryp. 401
Workshopp. 402