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October 23, 2013

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October 7, 2013

Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Reader Printing Tricks and Tips

Do you still do any old school printing jobs at work or at home? You know, putting some brand new white sheets of empty space into a paper tray, clicking “Print” and letting the ink cartridge paint your creation before the big, clunky machine spits out your document? Yes, it’s 2013 and it seems like most things exist only on your computer, phone or tablet. However, we know some of you still need to print out PDF files on paper. To those folks, this blog post is for you! Below are a few printing tasks and tips that will help you with your everyday PDF file printing.


Print in black and white

You don’t have to use valuable and potentially expensive color ink on a print job, especially if you’re printing the rough draft of a file. You can print a color PDF in shades of gray (also known as grayscale or composite gray). In the Print dialog box, enable Print In Grayscale (Black and White).


Print multiple pages on a sheet

Save even more space when you print a long document. You can print more than one page of a PDF onto a single page for easy and fast reviewing. Printing multiple pages per sheet is also called n-up printing (such as 2-up or 6-up). You decide how the pages are ordered, either horizontally across the page or in vertical columns.


Print a document’s comments

If you are reviewing a PDF file, you may want to make comments or use sticky notes. A sticky note has a note icon that appears on the page and a pop-up note for your text message. You can print these mark-ups as part of the document, or print them separately. To print them with your document, here are the options you’ve got:


To print a summary of the comments:

In the Comments and Forms area, click Summarize Comments.


To print all drawing markups:

In the Comments and Forms area, choose Document and Markups.


To print comments on a page:

  1. Open the Preferences dialog box, click Comments category on the left, and select Print Notes and Pop-Ups.
  2. Deselect Hide Comment Pop-ups When Comment List Is Open.
  3. Open the pop-up comments that you want to print.
  4. Adjust their placement on the page so that they don’t overlap or spill off the page.
  5. Click the Print tool .
  6. In the Comments and Forms area, choose Document and Markups.


Print on both sides of the paper


Want to save a bit of paper? Makes good economical and space saving sense (and it’s eco-friendly!). You can print double-sided if your printer has a double-sided (also called “duplex printing”) feature. This kind of feature is controlled by the printer driver, so it will only be available in your printer-specific dialog box, not the Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader print dialog box. You can find this feature by clicking the button marked “Printer…” in the Print dialog box that pops up when you’re printing your PDF file from Acrobat or Reader. From there, if your printer allows it, you can enable “Print on both sides of paper”, and choose an edge to Flip.


Print a portion of a page


Don’t need to print the entire PDF file? In fact, you don’t even need a whole page of the document – just a part of one page. Try this! Use the Snapshot Tool (Edit > Take a Snapshot) to select just the area you want to print. The area can be text, graphics, or both. You can print the selected area full size or resize it to fit the paper.

  1. Choose Edit > Take a Snapshot
  2. Draw a rectangle to select a portion of a page
  3. Choose File > Print
  4. In the Print dialog box, click Selected graphic.


These tips only scratch the surface of different ways you can print a PDF file. For more options and information, please visit this link.


Finally, we understand that in some cases, you may just simply be having an issue with getting your PDF file to just print. We also have resources you can use to troubleshoot any and all printing problems. Try this troubleshoot page first, and if that doesn’t help solve your problem, try visiting our forums where we have experts ready to answer your question.


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September 30, 2013

Dynamic, progressive, and sustainable




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Barton Willmore eliminates boundaries by helping design sustainable communities. It’s also improving business sustainability by leveraging the power of Adobe Creative Cloud solutions including Adobe InDesign CC and Adobe Photoshop CC, and document management tools in Adobe Acrobat.

“Adobe’s enterprise agreement has lowered the total cost of ownership for Adobe solutions by creating a standardized model for purchasing and deploying the most current versions of Adobe Acrobat and Creative Cloud,” said Bevan. “We can provide the most innovative solutions to our teams and we can scale to meet the needs of our growing company, without cost being a barrier.”

Learn more about how standardized workflows, reduced errors, and stronger document security gives Barton Willmore more power and flexibility.

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September 26, 2013

Adobe Acrobat: 20 Years of Innovation

When Acrobat first came out, the world was a different place. This was 1993, when computers were just starting to make their way into people’s homes, when phones were still stuck on the walls, when mullets were still kind of cool. Oh, how things have changed. And yet, Acrobat has been solving problems for people every step of the way.

In the early days, the thing that Acrobat did that was so revolutionary may seem commonplace to us now: with the brand new Acrobat and PDF, it became possible to view a document exactly as intended both on screen and in print. Doug Hanna, a long-time Acrobat community expert and early user, sums up the kind of thing many people were thinking back in the early-mid 1990s:

“Cool! I could look at the output without having to print it. Nifty!” 

Nifty is right! But for those of us who have never lived in a world without an inkjet printer sitting on our desks, this might not seem too groundbreaking. But imagine trying to print a document before technology existed to allow us to see on a monitor what was going to come out of the printer; nightmarish possibilities. Even so, as late as 1997, some print professionals were still skeptical that PDF files and Acrobat could survive in the print world; as Acrobat expert Jean-Renaud Boulay shared with us about an early experience: “I tried to explain to my boss the benefits of a PDF based workflow…’It has no future! We will always need XPress to produce films with the imagesetter,’ he claimed. This print shop is closed now.” Even the skeptics soon learned that PDF and Acrobat were here to stay.

Acrobat and PDF files quickly became the way to share information – whether you needed to print the file or not. And this is where things start to get even more interesting; the PDF file was envisioned as a file format that could be used by anyone to view content on just about any screen – no printing necessary, no differences in format for different operating systems. (We say again: Nifty!) As PDF files became more commonplace, printing a file was not the only way to share the content; you could just send the PDF file to someone to view on their own computer screen.

But the innovation didn’t stop there; far from it. Not only were we sharing content with PDF files, these same files allowed that content to be used digitally and efficiently with the added capability of OCR, or Optical Character Recognition. A PDF file, though it looked just like an image of text, could actually recognize that image as text, opening up a whole world of possibilities for PDF content. Duff Johnson reminisces:

“It was early 1995. Researching technology for a new business, I happened across Adobe’s Acrobat Capture 1.01; software to convert scanned pages into searchable PDF files. I’ll never forget the first time I swiped a mouse over a scanned page to highlight OCRed text behind the image. Wow! It was a true light-bulb moment. I realized this document format could bridge hundreds of years of hard-copy habits with Internet technologies.”

So it was: Acrobat Capture became another facet of Adobe Acrobat, which developed into the number one software for creating and working with PDF files: viewing your content, sharing it, printing it, or reusing and editing it all became possible and easy in a way no one could have imagined in the years before 1993. These days, we print documents less often because we have such easy access to screens wherever we go: PDF files are all over the Internet, on our computers, and with the relatively recent advent of the Adobe Reader mobile app, on our phones and tablets that never leave our pockets and purses. This free and easy use of content is facilitated in great part by the document format that made content accessible on any machine; John Warnock’s original vision for the PDF file conceives of a format that can “…capture documents from any application, send electronic versions of these documents anywhere, and view and print these documents on any machine.” Who could have known that twenty years later, this vision would continue to be the guiding force behind innovations that push electronic documents inexorably towards the future of information exchange?

PDF files have lifted us from the printed page to the screen, and from the screen to the cloud. It hasn’t always been simple, but everyone responsible for Adobe Acrobat – from the engineers and product team, to all the printing and document professionals who sent in (and still send in) requests and bugs, to the early adopters and experts who have spread the word and pushed the PDF format forward, to all of you who use PDF files every day – has been a part of that movement. We’re so grateful to each and every one of you for being a part of this movement, and we’re proud to keep moving forward for what we hope will be another two decades of innovation.

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August 13, 2013

How to Make Your PDFs More Social

Here on the Acrobat blog, we often focus on PDF and information security – how to protect, secure, even redact information; today, let’s change things up and talk about sharing what you create with the world at large. With Adobe Acrobat, your PDF documents and presentations can follow you to Facebook, Twitter, Slideshare, and the web at large. Follow these quick guides to learn how to socialize your PDF files and make them easier to share on your favorite social network; we’ll also discuss how to optimize your PDF file for search engines. When you have content to share or promote, use a PDF file – it’s secure, professional, and already part of your daily routine.

Okay, so let’s start with Facebook, where you most likely have a collection of both personal and professional “friends” who might want to see or share your latest work. Follow these steps to see how you can get others to share your content for you:

  1. Upload the PDF file to share to your website or blog, and note the file’s URL.
  2. Select and download your desired Facebook logo or badge.*
  3. In Acrobat XI, open the Tools panel, and choose Add Button from the Interactive Objects panel.
  4. Click the page with the Add Button tool to draw a rectangle. Release the mouse to show the Field Name dialog box and then click All Properties.
  5. The Button Properties dialog box opens and displays the General tab; type a name and tooltip for the button.
  6. On the Appearance tab, set the Border Color and Fill Color to None.
  7. On the Options tab, choose Icon Only from the Layout drop-down list and then click Choose Icon.
  8. Click Browse to locate and select an image format such as PNG, GIF, JPEG or PDF. Click OK.
  9. Click the Actions tab and choose the Open a Web Link from the Select Action drop-down list. Click Add to open the Edit URL field.
  10. Type the Facebook URL by your link’s URL and click OK.
  11. Test the link on your document page.

* Learn about using Facebook brand assets and select a logo/badge here:

Ever feel like you need more than 140 characters to tell your story to your Twitter followers? No worries. PDF files let you ramble on as long as you want. So don’t cut out any of the good stuff; share your PDF file in all its glory with your Twitter followers, and add a retweet button to the file so they can all do the same. Here’s how:

  1. Upload the PDF file to share to your website or blog, and note the file’s URL.
  2. Select and download your desired Twitter logo here:
  3. In Acrobat XI, open the Tools panel, and choose Add Button from the Interactive Objects panel.
  4. Click the page with the Add Button tool to draw a rectangle. Release the mouse to show the Field Name dialog box and then click All Properties.
  5. The Button Properties dialog box opens and displays the General tab; type a name and tooltip for the button.
  6. On the Appearance tab, set the Border Color and Fill Color to None.
  7. On the Options tab, choose Icon Only from the Layout drop-down list and then click Choose Icon.
  8. Click Browse to locate and select an image format such as PNG, GIF, JPEG or PDF. Click OK.
  9. On the Actions tab, choose Open a Web Link from the Select Action drop-down list. Click Add to open the Edit URL field.
  10. Type the Twitter URL followed by your link’s URL and click OK. *
  11. Test the link on your document page.

* You can include the Tweet in the Edit URL field. In order for hashtags to work, you need to replace the # with %23.

Now that everyone is buzzing about you, you’re bound to need to make more presentations to show off your skills.  Veteran presenters know that sometimes you need to kick it up a notch by designing a presentation in InDesign.  Once your presentation is perfect, you can simply save it as a PDF file, and upload it to SlideShare.  With SlideShare, you get a lot of the functionality you would get with PowerPoint, but you can also turn your slideshow into a leave-behind deliverable that can be accessed with just a single link. Here’s a quick rundown on how to do that with a PC and with a Mac:


  1. In PowerPoint, locate and select your PowerPoint (.ppt or .pptx) file and click Open.
  2. Choose File > Print and click PDF at the bottom of the Print dialog box. Select Save as Adobe PDF from the drop-down list.
  3. In the Save as Adobe PDF dialog box, choose Standard Adobe PDF Settings and click Continue.
  4. In the Save dialog box, choose a name and storage location for the presentation’s PDF file and click Save.
  5. Sign into your SlideShare account in a browser and click Upload at the top of the screen.
  6. On the Upload page click the Upload button again to open the Finder window.
  7. Locate and select your presentation’s PDF file, and click Open.
  8. After uploading the PDF file, click Save & Continue and then click View Presentation.
  9. Use the SlideShare controls to play your presentation.


  1. Open your presentation in PowerPoint and click Preferences in the Acrobat ribbon.
  2. Select Standard from the Conversion Settings drop-down.
  3. In the Application Settings portion of the PDFMaker dialog box, check only these settings. Click OK.
  4. Access the SlideShare site with your web browser, sign in, and click Upload at the top.
  5. On the Upload page click the Upload button again, select your PDF file, and click Open.
  6. After uploading the PDF file, click Save & Continue and then View Presentation in SlideShare.

Are we close to curing your PDFs of any social anxiety? The last area to tackle is Search engines, which work based off of a complex algorithm that decides what is going to make it to the top of the results and what gets buried back on page 46.  If you aren’t factoring in search engine optimization for your website or online PDFs, then you are missing a major opportunity. We can even help your PDFs with that too:

  1. Select Properties from the File menu and click the Description tab.
  2. Add a Title, Author, Subject and Keywords. At the bottom, check to see if the document is Tagged PDF and click OK.
  3. If the text in your document is not searchable, click In This File in the Text Recognition panel. Click OK in the Recognize Text dialog box to run OCR.
  4. Open the Accessibility panel* in the Tools panel. If the document is not tagged, click Add Tags to Document.
  5. If your document contains graphics, click Set Alternate Text in the Accessibility panel.
  6. Click OK to detect all the figures that require Alternate Text.
  7. Add Descriptive Text for all the document images in the Set Alternate Text dialog box and click Save & Close.
  8. Click File > Save As Other > Reduced Size PDF from the menu.
  9. Select Acrobat 9.0 and later from the drop-down and click OK.
  10. In the Save As dialog box, give the file a meaningful name for search engines.

All of these tips were brought to you by the Acrobat Users Community. The Acrobat Users Community is where you can connect with Acrobat and Adobe Document Services peers and experts. If you use Acrobat, Reader, FormsCentral or EchoSign, you’ll want to take advantage of the many free community resources like tutorials, tips and Q&A to learn more about Acrobat and Document Services.  If you have any questions on this article or anything else about Acrobat, please visit


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August 6, 2013

Top 10 Reasons To Use PDF Instead of Word, Excel or PowerPoint

Working with PDF formats allows professionals to edit, share, collaborate and ensure the security of the content within digital documents. Now, the PDF can do that much more. Here is the top 10 hit list of why it is the best format.


1)    PDFs are Universal.  Editing documents in Word can be easy and useful, but if you save a Word document on a Mac, it may not visually transfer properly to a PC; whereas PDFs are viewable on any device.

2)    Trusted Security. Even legal professionals trust PDFs as their preferred file format. According to, for an electronic document to be admissible in a court of law, it must be created in a file format that cannot be altered without leaving an electronic footprint. PDFs satisfy that need.

3)    Quick and Easy to Create. Whether working with Word, Excel or PowerPoint, documents are easily converted into PDF, and with Adobe Acrobat XI you can easily convert them back if need be.

4)    Decreases File Size. Professionals can convert any file into a PDF without sacrificing quality. You can even merge multiple documents, such as spreadsheets, photos, and presentations, into a single PDF file.

5)    Reading is Free. Most PDF Readers, including Adobe Reader, are free to the public.  This ensures that anyone you send the file to will be able to see the full version of your document.

6)    Interactive Documents. To create a fully interactive experience, the latest version of Adobe Acrobat allows you to add hyperlinks, rich media, music, movies, and many other advanced features to your PDF.

7)    Mobile Access. Adobe Reader is available on any device, so people can read your PDF files anywhere they want, while still accessing a lot of the same functionality they would get on a desktop. 

8)    Completely Searchable. Users can easily find what they are looking for through a quick search. PDF documents can even be organized with a table of contents that link all sections to the appropriate pages in the file.

9)    Password Protection. Many industries deal in sensitive material or intellectual copyrights that need an even higher level of security.  The password protection option allows both recipients and those receiving the file to know that their information is secure.

10) Document Analytics. Recipients can also view who has access to the information. If the password is breached, the appropriate actions can easily be taken.

Bonus) Collaborating with Teams.  Colleagues can markup and comment on documents, leaving you in control of editing the original, even if they only have Adobe Reader.


We know there are many more reasons why you use PDFs, so let us know your number one reason for using PDFs in the comments below.


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