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April 29, 2014

Adobe Reader: The Perfect Study Tool for Finals Week

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College students know all too well what time of year is fast approaching – Finals Week! Since we can’t buy each and every one of you a mega-sized cup of your caffeinated-beverage-of-choice for those imminent all-night study sessions, we thought, why not try to help you avoid all-nighters altogether?  Oh, who are we kidding – there’s nothing we can do to help you avoid those. But we can help you avoid unnecessary stress!  Here’s a list of Adobe Reader tips and tricks we compiled to help you sort through those lengthy PDFs your professors assigned you to read over the course of the semester. And remember, Adobe Reader is a free service, so you can save your money for … well, realistically, more coffee.

  1. The Read Aloud Function- Are your eyes zapped or are you too tired to actually read what y
    ou were assigned? Let Reader read your PDFs for you. Or even better, if you turn any of your final papers into a PDF, have Reader proofread it using the read aloud function to pick up on any grammatical errors.
  2. The Highlighter Tool- Just like you would in any text book, highlight important phrases, sentences or definitions to easily refer back to so you’re not wasting time searching through text for the important stuff.
  3. The Typewriter Tool- Quickly add comments to your PDF for note taking with Reader’s Typewriter tool. Just select the Add Text Comment tool from the Comments panel, click the Add Text Comment tool, click the page where you want to add your text, and type away.
  4. The Comments Tool- If you’re working on a group project, the comment tool might be the better way to go. It makes collaboration much easier because there is no need to print and mark up.
  5. Reader for Mobile- Don’t be confined to the library, take your files with you wherever you go to maximize your study hours.

With these tools, there’s no need to hit the panic button when you see a 150-page PDF file.  Even better, these are just a few of the tools Reader offers for its users. Check them all out here.  Most importantly—good luck with finals! We know you’ll ace them all with Adobe Reader in your back pocket.

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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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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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December 3, 2013

Engineering the best solution

The underwater engineers at Subsea 7 have thrown excess software costs overboard by bundling their Adobe software solutions into an enterprise license agreement. A recent merger revealed that Subsea 7’s offices around the world deployed software such as Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe InDesign inconsistently.

“Working with Adobe to build an enterprise agreement has helped us better understand our Adobe software assets, and has consolidated and simplified purchasing and deploying Adobe software,” says Rachael Coull, Subsea 7, information technology compliance director.

The total cost of ownership for Adobe solutions dropped 28%, and deployment and maintenance have been improved.

For more information on how Subsea 7 has benefited from using Adobe products please visit the case study here.

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November 27, 2013

11 things to be thankful for in Adobe Acrobat XI

Happy Thanksgiving, all you turkeys! We hope you’re all ready for tomorrow; we bet all the pies have already been made, and the turkey is basting, and… oh, who are we kidding? We bet you’re all still at work, trying to finish up those last few lingering tasks before heading out the door (and we know that because that’s what we’re doing, too) – but your mother has already called three times today just to “check in”, your sister-in-law is asking you to please leave the dog at home this year, and Aunt Mildred wants you to bring your famous chutney. Forget the chutney, we’ve got to get these document reviews done today!

Luckily, we’ve got Acrobat XI on our team. As long as we’re going to be feeling grateful this week, we thought it would be a good time to make a list of some of the things in Acrobat XI for which we feel grateful every day; each of the items on this list links to a tutorial, so feel free to click around to learn how to save time. We think you’ll feel pretty grateful yourself when you get to Aunt Mildred’s house with your famous chutney – on time for once.

  1. Create a portfolio to show off your personal and professional digital work
  2. Design a self-signed ID or digital signature and explore all your digital ID options.
  3. Break a PDF into parts or separate files
  4. Build a button that creates a new page
  5. Add text markups to any PDF file
  6. Send PDFs to others directly within Acrobat using Webmail
  7. Combine PDF files in a portfolio
  8. Insert pages into a PDF
  9. Add attachments to a FormsCentral Form
  10. Use online collaboration with forms or surveys
  11. Protect PDF files using the Protection Panel

For more tips, tutorials and how-to’s please visit the Acrobat User Community Website.

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