Tracker: More Than Meets The Eye

Acrobat 7.0′s Tracker tool (Comments > Tracker… Is one way to get to it) is primarily used for keeping an eye on review cycles you’ve initiated or are participating in, whether it was sent by email or uploaded for a browser-based review session. However, it also has another purpose: it’s an RSS or Atom news feed reader.

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Teacher Appreciation

This week is Teacher Appreciation Week. Well, all of us at Adobe appreciate all of our customers in the academic community all year long!

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Preserving those PDF links

Grant Application Attachments. Curriculum Plans. Professional Development materials. Help guides and manuals. They are typically made up of several separate documents, with a table of contents that has hyperlinks to each section. You can use the “Combine” tools in Acrobat to electronically staple those documents together. However, what happens when you add, delete or change a section and so need to update the table of contents? Do you need to recreate all those hyperlinks? What a waste of valuable teaching or research time!

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Auto-Resizing Text in PDF Forms from LiveCycle Designer 7

Many, if not most, schools and campuses have converted their forms to PDF to share online. Some of those have made them fillable at some point using the Forms Tools in Acrobat Professional. With Acrobat 7.0 Professional, Adobe introduced LiveCycle Designer to Windows Acrobat users for building powerful electronic forms based on a new XML architecture.
One feature of the older Acrobat forms that proved valuable was that multi-line text fields could automatically resize the font so the text entered would fit in the field. All one had to do was select ‘Auto’ for the font size property of the text field. Designer has no ‘Auto’ setting exactly, but here’s how you can get it to work…

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Acrobat User Community Now Online

Adobe’s Online Acrobat User Community is now available online at http://www.acrobatusers.com. I encourage the education community to get involved with this!

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Using Acrobat for Summarizing Notes

Many textbooks, study guides and other teaching materials are available as PDF files for easy online distribution, searching and viewing. Students can not only view this content on their computers, but also mark up text they read online (or offline) using Acrobat’s “Highlighting” tool, available on the Commenting toolbar (Tools > Commenting > Show Commenting Toolbar is one way to find and open the toolbar).

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Grass Roots Educators

Talk about grass roots! Teachers often find themselves being the ones not only educating our children, but also educating each other in how to use all the different applications, systems, computers that are needed to run a school and a school district.

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Welcome!

This will be a place to find out more about how Adobe Acrobat is being and can be used within K-12 and Higher Education, whether you’re a teacher, student, administrator or anyone else interested. Look out for tips, tutorials, news and general wholesome PDF goodness.