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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
The wait is over. Acrobat X is available now. You can begin right away to be more innovative, to create and share higher quality, dynamic content, and drive tighter collaboration and productivity across your institution. And you won’t be alone. Already customers in a variety of businesses are extolling the power of Acrobat X and how it’s helping them get more done.
Try out the new powerful new Acrobat X features like guided Actions, which simplify multi-step document preparation and publishing processes. Save PDF files as Microsoft Word documents. Create amazing content using the completely new customization capabilities in PDF Portfolios to unify multiple file types into compelling presentations. And now that collaboration has been enhanced further with Microsoft SharePoint integration, institutions can be sure of the consistency of their PDF documents across their businesses. And the new, intuitive user interface is making Acrobat X a tool for everyone.
I will be presenting an eSeminar on November 4 at 10 AM PT (1PM ET) that will highlight the new features that make Acrobat Pro X invaluable in educational settings. Whether you are in K-12 or Higher Education, the new streamlined interface and amazing new features will improve the way you teach, collaborate, share, and present. The new PDF portfolio environment in Acrobat X Pro makes integrating rich media and web content as well as posting ePortfolio collections as websites a snap. Acrobat X Pro has features that will save you, your institution, and your students time, money, and resources while improving workflows and building essential 21st century skills. You never knew Acrobat could do so much. Come see what it can do for you!
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The New Acrobat X is finally here!
What can it do for education? Here is a quick list of new and improved features:
New user interface
- The Interface tool pane brings top user needs out front
- Customizable Tool Bar
- Tools Pane reveals most useful tools to improve productivity
- Tools and Tasks are easier to access
- HUD display provides more real estate for viewing
Amazing document repurposing
- New export options allow for Word and Excel options including headers, footers, and worksheets
- New scanning engine improves accuracy and file size
- Efficient tagging and reflow ensure viewing and access on a variety of screens
A more versatile collaboration environment
- Commenting tools are in a convenient location in UI
- Markup extends to video and 3D in composite PDFs
- Reader X users can use sticky notes and highlight tools
- SharePoint is fully supported so PDFs can be checked in and out as well as part of an Acrobat workflow.
The next generation of PDF Portfolios
- New Portfolio environment built on Flex 4
- New Support for Accessibility and MSAA compliant devices.
- Easy to customize AX for user – background image, themes, header
- Developers can create new layouts with plug-in for Flash Builder
- Creatives can create new visual themes with Illustrator templates and Flash Pro
- Allow addition of Web content including Embed Code for video to be viewed directly in Portfolio
- Save PDF Portfolios as websites and placed on web for preview in browser before deciding to download.
- Perfect compliment to LMS/CMS systems
- Each PDF’s page can be previewed without opening actual document. When document is opened from portfolio, it is fully dynamic.
Guided Actions - Guided Actions are scriptable batch processes that can easily be made and shared so that groups of users can benefit from improved compliance and best practices
- Great for group efficiency
- Supports Java Script
- Great to ensure best practices across the institution
Enterprise deployment for Windows and Macintosh environments.
- Windows deployment is made easier with an improved customization wizard
- Macintosh clients can now be deployed using the popular Remote Desktop application.
In the coming weeks check back for more previews including tips, tricks, and tutorials!
Also be sure to visit www.AcrobatUsers.com for the latest links to everything Acrobat.