Academic Acrobat – Tips and tricks for getting more done

Chances are that in schools and universities these days you are reading and generating more PDF documents than ever and there’s a good chance that many of these documents are being printed out to paper like they have been since the dawn of the digital publishing age. As creatures of habit, hitting the print button works well for many situations, but that’s so 20th century. Why are you  re-using, citing, re-keying, and editing, much like our parents did back in the day when they were in the hallowed halls of academia? It doesn’t have to be that way especially with Adobe Acrobat X.

SInce Acrobat X Pro was released one year ago,  It has received numerous awards across the knowledge worker industries.  I have been working with several university departmental initiatives on moving towards a more green and sustainable approach with respect to printing to paper. These faculty and students were also interested in becoming more efficient in the process of gathering and digesting more and more PDF content and want to improve the quality of their work.. PDF preserves the integrity of the original source file while making it easy to exchange and distribute information. Using Acrobat’s powerful toolset, you can do more in less time.

Based on these requests and trends, I have put together some video tutorials showing some of the top “tips and tricks” that are sure to improve your academic efforts and make you a more efficient “knowledge worker.” I have started posting them on YouTube for easy access and reference. Here’s a summary of these available now. In these videos, I have focused on the use of acrobat for annotation and mark-up as well as re-use and combining content from different sources.  There will be more to come in the new year. I hope these tips and tricks help you recover more time in your academic pursuits for doing all those other things on your list this holiday season!

Here you go.

  1. An overview of Acrobat Note Taking and mark-up tools. Check out the different ways you can mark-up and annotate a typical document for improving your organization and productivity.
  2. Academic Productivity with Acrobat – Learn how to enhance a PDF document with Adobe Acrobat Professional to streamline your workflow using highlighting, document snapshots, comment summary, and page combining tricks.
  3. Note taking made easy part 1 – working with the essential markup tools in Acrobat. Learn about the useful markup tools that you can customize for use in your note taking and annotation of PDF documents.
  4. Note taking made easy part 2 – more useful mark-up tools – Acrobat has even more tools for use in note taking such as the attachment tool, the recording tool, and the stamps tool; all great for your academic research and collaboration.

If you have any comments or requests for upcoming tips and tricks, please leave a note. In the meantime be sure to check out the Acrobat User community website.