While we would never presume to tell you exactly how to use Acrobat.com authoring applications, we do think that it may come in handy to have a cheat sheet available when you’d like some help deciding which program to use for a particular task. Buzzword, Tables, Acrobat desktop software, and the new CS Review service all have capabilities that you can use to your greatest advantage; the trick is knowing when to use which. We hope that this chart and the ensuing tips will make these programs–and their unique or shared capabilities–more accessible to you as you work.
Perfect for creating collaboratively edited or personal documents to be stored securely in your Acrobat.com organizer and shared with readers and reviewers to help you proof-read your material. Buzzword allows for multiple levels of access to a document, so you can decide to be the sole genius behind the content (while accepting comments from coworkers), or allow others to directly edit the document as well, whether from the next cubicle or from the next state.
Tables is Acrobat.com’s data sheet application; like Buzzword, Tables allows you to work collaboratively and remotely, so multiple parties can edit a document almost simultaneously. One of our favorite features in Tables is the ability to turn on a Private View: if you have work to do on the data table but don’t want to reorganize the layout and thus make it unrecognizable to anyone else who may be working on it at that time, you can, in a sense, pull it away from the common view and rearrange the data to suit your immediate purposes. Once you’re done working, you can return to the common view and sync up with the team. Tables also allows you to sort and filter data and apply formulas to columns to help you keep your data organized.
Adobe Acrobat is desktop software designed to help you create, maintain, and work with PDF files. This is the place to do the detailing on your PDF files: you can create PDF forms or surveys and then use Acrobat.com to collect the data and deliver it to you in Acrobat; you can merge multiplfe files into a single PDF or split PDF files into component pages; you can even add multimedia to a PDF file for an energetic and interactive presentation. Once you’ve finalized your ornamentation, you can upload and share the file online with Acrobat.com.
The Creative Suite includes a new feature in its latest release that establishes a live connection between your CS desktop software and your web-based Acrobat.com account. Now, as you work on your designs in Adobe Illustrator, you can upload these images to Acrobat.com as a CS Review and invite collaborators to view and comment on the file. This is a great way to show your progress to a client who doesn’t have Illustrator software, without having to export and email a bulky half-finished file; instead, you can simply upload the image in its latest phase and have comments made by the client and delivered to you in the CS Review panel within the desktop application.
How are you using these applications? If you’d like to share your process, just leave a comment below or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re looking forward to hearing from you!
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