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May 1, 2014

A PDF File with a View

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Over the past few months, we’ve seen questions pop up on our social channels asking: “How do I control how my PDFs look when I open them in Acrobat or Reader?” So if you have been asking yourself the same question—you’re not alone. Depending on how you want to view your files, there are many options you can choose to make sure a PDF file never appears so large you can only read one letter at a time or so small it would take a magnifying glass to decipher anything. No matter what your need is, we can bet there is a zoom option just right for you.

Change the default page layout (initial view)

  • You specify the default initial view settings in the Preferences dialog box.
  • In the Preferences dialog box under Categories, select Page Display.
  • Open the Page Layout menu and choose Automatic, Single Page, Single Page Continuous, Two-Up, or Two-Up Continuous.

Note: The PDF opens with the page layout specified in Preferences unless a different page layout is specified in Document Properties (File > Properties > Initial View). The Document Properties setting overrides the Preferences setting. If using Document Properties, be sure to save and close the document for the change to take effect. Acrobat users can change the initial view, unless security settings prevent changes. Reader users cannot change the initial view.

Change the default magnification

  • In the Preferences dialog box under Categories, select Page Display.
  • Open the Zoom pop-up menu and choose a default magnification level.

These default zoom tips only scratch the surface of different ways to view your PDF. For more options and information, please click here.

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The Modern Workforce: Are You Ready?

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Would you consider your IT department to be a “fast-mover?”  In this day and age, IT departments are challenged with quickly meeting the technology and performance needs of a new millennial-driven workforce.

We wanted to know just how large the gap truly is between worker expectations and IT requirements. We wanted to understand what “fast-moving” IT decision-makers are doing to close that gap and better align people and technologies.

So, in order to dig a little deeper, we teamed up with GigaOm Research to learn more about the habits and preferences of the modern workforce (workers ages 18-34) and IT professionals.  After surveying more than 1,200 workers and 600 IT decision-makers, we pulled together the first of three whitepapers aimed at helping technology decision-makers better understand the growing needs of this new  workforce. The whitepaper describes how IT can answer the call during a current climate of rapid change in communication and collaboration technology.

Here’s a snapshot of what we found in part 1 of 3 of our series “The Modern Workforce.”

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For the whole story, download the first whitepaper (for free) here.

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April 3, 2014

Digital Spring Cleaning Checklist

Spring is finally here! We survived the onslaught of polar vortexes, heavy snow, hard rain and traffic delays—and now an end to the brutally cold is officially in sight. Just as spring cleaning refreshes the home and rids it of clutter, we thought we’d try a different spin on this yearly ritual. If you organize your computer like we do (and we use the term “organize” loosely here), your desktop is filled with PDF files you haven’t opened in months, or multiple, redundant copies of files that are taking up valuable space. Here are few ways we’re digitally cleaning up our filing system in the spirit of springtime:

Cleaning Tip #1: You have a bunch of similar files (but different file types) and you want to combine them all into one file for easy storage and access. Easy. With our drag and drop feature you can merge and organize documents, spreadsheets, images, emails, web pages, and more in a single PDF file that’s easy to share and simple to search.

Cleaning Tip #2: Why store documents on your computer when you can stash ‘em in the cloud? Acrobat.com lets you keep your files organized, and even lets you access them across locations and devices through Acrobat XI, Adobe Reader, and the Adobe reader mobile app for Android and iOS. This accessibility will make doing business from anywhere as easy as a spring breeze.

Cleaning Tip #3: When working with so many documents, it can be easy to lose track of what, exactly, you’re trying to accomplish with each one. Prepare PDFs consistently and make sure you never miss a step by creating an automated Action to complete PDF preparation tasks quickly and correctly every time. You can even create an Action to make your documents archive-friendly, helping you get them off your desktop easily.

Cleaning Tip #4: Being organized means knowing where your files are, but also knowing what’s in them. Make PDF files easily accessible so you can navigate longer files quickly and always find what you need—even when it’s way back on page 147. With tagged PDF files you can make your documents easy to navigate and, as an added bonus, accessible to people who might be reading your document with a screen reader for assistance. Once tagged, use structured bookmarks to create various TOCs and navigation techniques to make finding content in a PDF as easy as picking daisies!

Cleaning Tip #5: We’ve seen PDF files get as big as 92,000 pages. To avoid wasting time sifting through “junk” in your files, extract only the pages you need and combine them in a separate PDF. This way, you can create a go-to master PDF that will save you time and sanity.

Don’t be stubborn like Mother Nature has been this year. Spring cleaning results are well worth the effort put in, and help provide a fresh start for better (and warmer) days ahead. If you’ve caught the spring cleaning bug and just have to know what else you can do, visit the Acrobat Community to learn more about all the time-saving features we have to offer.

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March 27, 2014

Acrobat Social Media User of the Month

We really appreciate the love we receive from our Acrobat communities — so much so that we’ve decided to highlight one user each month as way to show our thanks, while also highlighting the many different ways to use Adobe Acrobat.

Our first super-user we chose to feature is Dana June.

 

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She uses Adobe Acrobat to make edits, add notes and write comments all over PDFs. Did you know that was possible? The Acrobat typewriter tool allows you to do just that. It’s a fast and flexible tool that enables you to add comments anywhere on your PDF. This tutorial shows you just how easy it is.

Thanks Dana! We appreciate you sharing with us how you use Adobe Acrobat to get work done. We’re glad to hear that Acrobat is making your work a little easier!

Stay tuned next month for our next post, you just may be the one featured!

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February 13, 2014

Feel the love this Valentine’s Day from Acrobat XI

This Valentine’s Day, we want to thank the most important people in our lives—our customers! Sadly, sending flowers or chocolate to each and every one of you would be impossible; still, we want to recognize and thank all of our social media valentines for all the love they’ve been showing us with this sample of tweets. We feel and appreciate the love and send it right back to you. Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone!

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January 29, 2014

Super Fun Acrobat Features to Help you Celebrate the Big Game!

The first Sunday in February is practically a national holiday in America. Die-hard footballs fans to casual viewers across the nation all come together to watch the big game, do their finest side-line officiating, and make their best attempts at predicting the final victor and score! With the teams locked down for this year’s matchup, we at Adobe want to make sure you are prepared for the big show down. Below is a list of how-to’s we created to assist you in anything you might be putting together for your big party or office pool.

  1. Create custom party invitations using Acrobat Pro: Whether your customizing your invitations using an inside joke or including a picture from your party the year before, rest assure you’ll be able to change images, resize, or reformat with Acrobat no problem.
  2. Add a personal touch to invitations by including your signature: A custom stamp of your signature not only makes it fast and easy to sign forms without printing them, but also lets you add a personal touch right to the very last detail.
  3. Distribute invitations using Acrobat.com: Guests will appreciate your green efforts  while  you save time and money creating invitations electronically.
  4. Send your PDF invitations electronically using Gmail or Yahoo:  All of your friends use Gmail or Yahoo webmail accounts? Not a problem. Send them directly from Acrobat.
  5. Collect money for your office or family pools: Have a PayPal account? Collecting money for an office pool has never been easier when you use Adobe Forms Central.

No matter which team you root for, Acrobat XI makes game day party prep easy.  To explore more ways to use Acrobat XI, click here.

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