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Acrobat X (v10) Rants and Tips

January 6, 2011 - 11:58am ||| 28 Comments | Add new

My latest title for the the online video tutorial company,, covers the newly-released Acrobat Pro “X” (meaning “10”). Be sure and pronounce it “ten” otherwise Adobe people are authorized to slap you.

Acrobat X Essential Training
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A Few Great Upcoming Events & Deep Discounts

August 18, 2010 - 2:00am ||| 0 Comments | Add new

I want you to know about upcoming seminars and webinars I’ll be doing or that I’m involved with, covering InDesign, Acrobat/PDF, and other goodies.

InDesignSecretsLive! Seminars

David Blatner (my partner in and I have been enjoying doing one-day traveling seminars on InDesign around the country for the past year, with the main topic being “Tips and Techniques for Getting the Most Out of InDesign.”  We even made a web site just for our live events, with a page devoted to the traveling seminars:

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Follow me/Find me on Facebook, Twitter, Blogs, etc.

August 18, 2010 - 2:00am ||| 0 Comments | Add new

Here are the links I mentioned earlier!

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Acrobat Portfolio Better than Merge

August 25, 2009 - 8:29am ||| 1 Comment | Add new

I have a love/hate relationship with PDF portfolios, the Acrobat 9 PDF format that turns a PDF into a handy ZIP container with a slick front end. I love the interface for customizing it, because it makes me feel like I'm a programmer. "Hmmm, the interface should present thumbnails of the enclosed files on the bottom that you can flick left and right; and a Flash movie should be on the "home" page, with a "Fall leaves" color theme. Or wait … let me arrange them in list order like the Finder."

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President Obama's PDF Team Could Use Some Help

February 27, 2009 - 3:00am ||| 0 Comments | Add new

So … the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (aka "the stimulus bill" aka "H.R. 1") … have you downloaded it yet? You can do so by going to this page and clicking the link to the PDF:

You don't have to download it right now, but just know that it's a regular PDF, very long (575 pages), full of text. 

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Force the Search Panel to Open in Reader/Acrobat

February 27, 2009 - 3:00am ||| 0 Comments | Add new

The problem we're solving here is that few end users realize you can run Google-like searches in a PDF you've sent them, even from Reader. The Search command is buried in the Edit menu, while its weaker cousin, Find, gets its own field in the default toolbar, along with the well-known Command/Ctrl-F command.

You can force the Search feature's interactive panel to open by default whenever the PDF is opened, making it QUITE OBVIOUS that the PDF is searchable. It works even if the PDF is opened in the browser window … well, in Safari, at least.

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Add Formatted Text to PDFs on the Fly

January 15, 2008 - 3:00am ||| 0 Comments | Add new

Let's say you're in Acrobat and you need to add some text to a PDF, in the margin or under an image or to fill out a static form field, and you want that text to appear in the printouts, just like the rest of the text. The original file that was exported to PDF isn't available, all you've got is the PDF itself. Which tool do you turn to?

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Faster Searching in Big PDFs

April 25, 2007 - 3:19pm ||| 6 Comments | Add new

Does this sound familiar: You open a huge PDF and need to quickly find the page containing the topic you're interested in. (We'll assume this PDF has no bookmarks or a linked TOC that will suffice.) 

Our Google-ized instincts immediately reach for the Find (Command/Control-F) field to enter the word or phrase we're looking for. Acrobat (or Reader, doesn't matter) finds the first couple of instances in a reasonable amount of time, but soon it slows to a crawl as we click Find Next one too many times and it hits a dry patch. 

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Pimp My CS3

April 25, 2007 - 1:12pm ||| 0 Comments | Add new

Like a number of other Adobe CS3 users, I was initially aghast at the suite's new icons when they first showed them to the world late last year.

Adobe Systems — the company with the legacy of some of the most creative icons in the history of interface design, from renditions of Venus de Milo to color-enhanced X-Ray photography of starfish and butterflies — this same company was *seriously* considering icons that were colored squares and two-letter program name mnemonics? Were they kidding?

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See Me, Hear Me

April 25, 2007 - 2:00am ||| 0 Comments | Add new

Back in November, Adobe asked me if I'd be interested in recording a bunch of video tutorials on InDesign CS3. Well, not Adobe itself; but a nice woman who *worked* for Adobe asked me.

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