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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)

What this book covers

Chapter 1, Understanding Different Adobe Acrobat Versions and Services, looks at the many versions of Acrobat and Adobe web-based services that are now available to work with PDF documents. We will sort out the differences in options based on the version of Acrobat.

Chapter 2, Creating and Enhancing PDF Files from Scans, discusses the process of converting to PDF, and enhancing and optimizing scans of paper pages and images from tablets or smartphones.

Chapter 3, Converting Microsoft Office Files to Adobe PDF Using PDFMaker, explores how PDFMaker allows us to create interactive and accessible PDF files. We will explain how different choices made during this process affect code and, therefore, features of the final PDF.

Chapter 4, Modifying and Editing PDF Files, delves into the many instances when changes or improvements need to be made to the final PDF. We will learn how to adjust the order and content of pages, work with bookmarks, links, headers, and footers, edit text and images, and take a first look at accessibility tags.

Chapter 5, Remediation for Accessibility in PDF Publications, discusses what accessibility legal guidelines are, how to include features when authoring a publication so that the resulting PDF document complies with these guidelines, and how to test and remediate it if needed.

Chapter 6, Using Acrobat in a Document Review Cycle, explores the purpose of different commenting and markup tools, how to customize them, and how to use them in editorial responses. Different PDF-based review workflows will be explored.

Chapter 7, Creating and Modifying PDF Forms, examines the process of creating a form page background, then adding interactive fields, and setting their properties, and it will explore methods for submitting and gathering form data.

Chapter 8, Adding Digital Signatures and Security Settings, explores the options available in Acrobat Pro to protect different publications. Books, journals, and magazines may require copyright protection through passwords, contracts, and agreements, and forms may need to be certified for content integrity before being signed.

Chapter 9, Designing Multimedia Presentations, delves into the tools available in Acrobat for adding, editing, and viewing multimedia. PDF documents designed as presentations can include audio, video, interactive, and 3D elements.

Chapter 10, Integration with InDesign, focuses on two areas of InDesign and Acrobat integration – accessibility and PDF-based editorial review. We will learn how to create a fully accessible .pdf in InDesign and how Acrobat can be used in a collaborative review by editors working on any device.

Chapter 11, Using Acrobat in Professional Publishing, explores some of the tools that Acrobat offers to identify, control, and compensate for potential issues when a document is printed on paper by a commercial printing press.

Chapter 12, Privacy, Bates Numbering and Other Specialized Features for A Law Office, looks at how to depersonalize a document by removing private information, redacting sensitive content, removing hidden data, and applying Bates numbering to ensure that .pdf documents comply with legal standards.

Chapter 13, Acrobat Pro Tools, Shortcuts, References, and Mac Notes, contains a special section for creating .pdf files in MS Office for macOS. You will also find here lists showing all Acrobat tools, the most commonly used keyboard shortcuts, and accessibility tags with an explanation of their meaning. References to links to online sources for Acrobat user support are also included.