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August 28, 2008 /News, Views & Updates /

New PDF Portfolio Layouts for Acrobat 9

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Since the launch of Acrobat 9, we have seen more and more interesting examples of PDF Portfolios surfacing. And today Adobe launched eight new and updated layouts that provide Acrobat 9 Pro or Pro Extended users even more options to tailor the look and feel of their PDF Portfolios. More after the break…

These layouts offer increased customization options and additional methods for easily navigating files in a PDF Portfolio. On the downloads center, you can find these PDF Portfolio layouts and installation instructions for both Windows and Macintosh platforms. They are available in all Acrobat 9 language versions.

The new layouts were developed after conversations with Acrobat customers who expressed the additional value of further personalizing particular aspects of PDF Portfolios. Customers wanted the flexibility to optimize a PDF Portfolio depending on the specific file content and the purpose for creating it. This included customization of the description lengths and thumbnail sizes. They also mentioned that it was often very helpful to easily see when a particular file was last modified.

Some of the layouts are brand new while a few are enhanced versions of those available by default with Acrobat 9 Pro or Pro Extended.

The new layouts include:


Grid with Size Options

Users found the Basic Grid layout in Acrobat 9 very useful because they could easily see an overview of the PDF Portfolio contents on one screen and have quick access to the files. However, they wanted more control over how many files to display and how long the file descriptions were. In this new layout, there are grid size options and a compact card style that provides a higher density of files in a single view.


Grid with File Preview and

List with File Preview

In Acrobat 8 PDF Packages, users can view a compact list of the files and a file preview at the same time. Users liked the ability to show recipients key files in a portfolio with minimal navigation and mouse clicks required. These two new layouts better optimize this use case for Acrobat 9 and Reader 9.


Grid with Sidebar and

Sliding Row with Sidebar

Users wanted an intuitive way to navigate organized folders in a PDF Portfolio that was always available. These new layouts offer a sidebar navigation that quickly gives users a sense of what was contained in the portfolio and allows them to navigate to folders with little effort. Users felt that a sidebar navigation layout was flexible and could be used for many purposes.


The updated layouts include:


Users liked the Revolve layout for its ability to engage recipients by bringing one file into focus at a time. This layout was especially useful for presentation of persuasive information such as marketing collateral or sales pitches. The updated Revolve layout now offers new options for narrow and wide file display and longer text.



Sliding Row

The Sliding Row layout displays several files and folders in a row. Users liked this layout for its visual appeal and clear organization. This new version now provides options for different size thumbnails or text descriptions lengths.



On an Image

Users considered the On an Image layout a novel concept and liked the ability to use a range of image backgrounds, which made it suitable for different purposes. The layout helped accurately communicate specific aspects of an image or a complex diagram. However, they voiced the need to customize the file markers. This was important to draw attention to the files and folders and to make sure the markers were clearly visible regardless what background image was chosen. With this new layout, there are new marker style options and better zoom control.

Sound interesting? Go ahead and download these PDF Portfolio layouts and give them a test drive. And for those who are feeling creative, submit your PDF Portfolio examples to the Acrobat 9 PDF Portfolio contest and be considered for a prize or display in the PDF Gallery.

Amy Wang, Acrobat Product Manager

Categories: News, Views & Updates


  • By Gary - 12:47 AM on September 21, 2008   Reply

    What I would like to be able to do, is change the position of teh files inserted into a portfolio without changing the files name. i.e. I want to shift a hypothetical fourth file in the display to any other position.

    [Gary, thanks for your feedback. We’ll be evaluating this. – Amy]

  • By Diab - 4:40 PM on October 30, 2008   Reply

    I was just having that same issue. This is my workaround. I created a new number field in the list view of all the files. I then order the files as I want them ordered using that field as the sorting value. Then you can make ANY file ANY number so it can be in the order you want.
    Hope this helps.

  • By Markus Unterberg - 10:58 PM on March 13, 2009   Reply

    In the portfolio layout ‘grid with size options’, how do you change the size as the dotted line shows on that option. I cannot find an answer anywhere! Thanks!

    [Markus – The way to change the grid sizes is to go to Modify > Edit Portfolio and then select from the various size options in the ‘Choose Style’ menu at the bottom of the screen. – Amy]

  • By d.b.s - 9:25 PM on July 21, 2009   Reply

    I agree. It is totally intuitive to expect to be able to rearrange the documents in the grid, like a photo layout on a light box. Please add it. Thanks.

  • By Lee Waldner - 11:06 AM on September 8, 2009   Reply

    I used sliding row with navigation sidebar design. I couldn’t put the files in desired order—program forced us to do it in alphabetical order. I also couldn’t add picture or icon onto the file folder itself. I also couldn’t add a word file or any single document into the portfolio and have it show up visibly in the navigation side. It is also difficult to navigate from inside an open document—couldn’t access the navigation sidebar at all times. Last but not least, there does not appear to be a way to use hotlinks from one document to another within the portfolio. If these problems can be resolved the portfolio format will be much more useful.

  • By Taylor - 10:42 PM on November 30, 2009   Reply

    Thank you SO much, this saved my portfolio for admittance into college

  • By dr. daveed - 6:28 AM on February 24, 2010   Reply

    How do you use the side bar? There is absolutely no information of what it really does and how to use it. All the adobe documentation says it exists but doesn’t explain it.

    [Daveed – Are you referring to the Edit PDF Portfolio sidebar? There’s a lot of information on how to build a PDF Portfolio, including the Help File section “PDF Portfolios…” This may be helpful as well. – Dave]

  • By tyler dockery - 11:29 AM on September 6, 2010   Reply

    The images in this blog have been moved. I get big blue question marks. Kind of a shame really. Please email me if this gets fixed.

  • By Ann Miller - 9:01 AM on September 24, 2010   Reply

    I would highly recommend that you add the ability to rearrange the files in a portfolio by dragging and dropping. I’m really surprised it is not included. Thanks, Adobe.

  • By Xochitl Cruz - 10:26 AM on April 18, 2012   Reply

    How can I make a pdf portfolio with a simulation of a book, both in cover as well as in changing pages?

    • By Adobe - 1:46 PM on April 19, 2012   Reply

      Thanks for asking. You may wish to check in with our great community at for more info on this subject.

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