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Create Scaled PDFs Outside Acrobat

October 5, 2004 - 1:00am ||| 0 Comments | Add new

I frequently get asked by training clients how they can create a scaled PDF from QuarkXPress or InDesign; and occasionally from Word or any other program that has an Export/Save As/Convert to PDF option.

Scaling is normally done in a program's Page Setup dialog, but the trend with modern software, especially in Adobe and Quark, is to roll Page Setup functions into the Print dialog.

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Find Differences in Any Two Documents

August 19, 2004 - 1:00am ||| 0 Comments | Add new

Have you ever been in a situation where you needed to figure out what was different, if anything, between two look-alike documents? Maybe you've got two differently-named files that look the same; but you want to make sure they're exactly the same before you toss one. Or you need to check that copy edits were made, and nothing else, between the "almost final" version of a page layout file sitting on your hard drive and the "final" version your freelancer just delivered.

If you're dealing with long documents, this task can be onerous. Even comparing a couple short ones — line by line, break by break — can be a pain.

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Acrobat 6 Discoveries

January 14, 2004 - 2:00am ||| 0 Comments | Add new

In preparation for my Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) exam for Acrobat 6 at the end of December, I spent far more time in that application than I normally do, trying out every button and panel, investigating all the nooks and crannies. Not surprisingly, I discovered some interesting functions in Acrobat 6 that I find enormously useful, and perhaps you may as well. (And yes, I passed the test.)

First, if you have Acrobat 6 (Standard or Pro), make sure you download Adobe's patch, bringing it to 6.01:

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