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Adobe Acrobat Ninja

By : Urszula Witherell
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Adobe Acrobat Ninja

By: Urszula Witherell

Overview of this book

Adobe Acrobat can help you solve a wide variety of problems that crop up when you work with PDF documents on a daily basis. The most common file type for business and communication, this compact portable document format is widely used to collect as well as present information, as well as being equipped with many lesser-known features that can keep your content secure while making it easy to share. From archive features that will keep your documents available for years to come to features related to accessibility, organizing, annotating, editing, and whatever else you use PDFs for, Acrobat has the answer if you know where to look. Designed for professionals who likely already use Adobe Acrobat Pro, this guide introduces many ideas, features, and online services, sorted and organized for you to easily find the topics relevant to your work and requirements. You can jump to any chapter without sifting through prior pages to explore the tools and functions explained through step-by-step instructions and examples. The information in some chapters may build on existing knowledge, but you are not expected to have an advanced level of prior experience. By the end of this book, you’ll have gained a solid understanding of the many capabilities of PDFs and how Acrobat makes it possible to work in a way that you will never miss good old ink and paper.
Table of Contents (16 chapters)

Creating an interactive PDF form

PDF forms fall into two categories, consistent with all .pdf files: flat or interactive. We discussed the differences between the two categories as applied to general documents in Chapter 3, Converting Microsoft Office Files to Adobe PDF Using PDFMaker. Here, we will focus on a unique functionality of PDF forms:

  • Flat forms must be filled out manually, in the same way as paper forms. Often, they are printed, filled out with ink pen by hand, scanned, and submitted via email. Acrobat users familiar with the Comment tools can manually fill out a flat form using the Text tools from a toolbar. Submitting form data this way prevents efficiency and the other possibilities offered by using interactive fields, both for those who provide the data and those who collect it. It also does nothing to achieve a paperless office but instead generates an even greater need for paper and ink usage.
  • Interactive forms, on the other hand, provide fields where data...