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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.

 

Acrobat X.1 update. Get yours now!

The long awaited update to Acrobat X is finally here. Why should you update? No matter what your role in your institution; whether administrative, instructional, IT support, or student, there is something for everyone who uses Acrobat in education. Here are some compelling reasons:

Peace of mind: Acrobat is one of only three applications in the world that are “sandboxed”. This is a protected mode that dramatically reduces exposure from viruses and malware that may be lurking in files. Acrobat Professional X, Adobe Reader X, Google Chrome, and Microsoft Office 2010 are the only applications that offer this. This helps reduce the need for unscheduled security patches, and reduces the amount of time that you and your IT team spend on damage control in the field.

Microsoft Office 2010 64 bit support: Now Acrobat Pro X.1 supports MS office. Why is this important? Whether you use the 32 bit or 64 bit version of Office, the PDFMaker that is installed by Acrobat Pro X in the MS Office Application toolbar ribbon is the ONLY way you should be converting your Office docs into PDF. This will dramatically improve the richness of your PDFs ensuring that your documents and workflow efficiencies contain the most intelligence and are compliant with the latest PDF specifications.

Support for the latest browsers: View PDF documents directly in the most popular browsers for maximum viewing convenience and interactivity. Acrobat X.1 supports the latest versions of the most popular browsers. Supported browsers on Mac are Safari. Supported browsers on Windows are, IE, Firefox, and Google Chrome.

In conclusion: Acrobat X.1 can save you tine and money. How?

  • More secure PDF viewing.
  • Complete support for the Adobe Dynamic PDF environment
  • Productivity gains when working with Microsoft Office Applications (Windows only).
  • Easier deployment that lowers the total cost of ownership

For a detailed list of Acrobat support for PDFMaker and Web Browser support visit this link http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/333/333504.html

Get the latest Adobe updates at http://www.adobe.com/downloads/updates/

If you already own Acrobat Pro X, you definitely want to update to X.1. If you don’t own Acrobat Pro X, check out all the new features and get a free 30 day trial at http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat.html

If you are using an older Adobe Reader, or a free or third party PDF reader, get peace of mind and compliance with the latest PDF specifications to take full advantage of Adobe Acrobat’s  Dynamic PDF environment. Download the Free Adobe Reader X.1 at http://get.adobe.com/reader/

To learn more about Acrobat be sure to visit AcrobatUsers.com at http:// www.acrobatusers.com

 

Coming January 25, 2011: “Ask The Xpert” Twitterviews and win a free copy of Acrobat X!

Join us for Acrobat’s first #Twitterview ‘Ask the Xpert’ series on 1/25 at 10am w/product managers Dave & Chris http://adobe.ly/ik4idY

With all the great questions you have been asking about Acrobat here and via Twitter, we wanted to dedicate some time to answer your questions with a new Twitterview Q&A series we are launching. The first kicks off next week: “Ask The Xpert,” on Tuesday, January 25 from 10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Pacific, our hosts are the Acrobat team’s own Chris French and Dave Stromfeld.

What are Twitterviews? It’s simply an interview conducted in Twitter, where you are the interviewer, and our special guests will answer your Acrobat product-related questions. Are you wondering about how to use Action Wizard? Curious about creating PDF Portfolios? It’s fair game here. We have a dedicated hashtag, #Acroview, that you can use when asking your questions in our Twitter page (@Acrobat ). As an added incentive, all users who ask a question for Tuesday’s Twitterview will be entered into a random drawing to win a free copy of Acrobat X Pro!

Acrobat in Education Webinar – August 18th

Wednesday August 18 at 1PM ET, I will be presenting a special Webinar on using Acrobat in education at AcrobatUsers.com.

If you’re a student, educator, researcher or school administrator, discover the many ways you can use Acrobat workflows in the world of education. Find out how you can benefit from Adobe PDF workflows that simplify the creation of everything from project submissions, course packs and presentations to dissertations and portfolios. You can sign up for this Here

Wrap Up Your School Year in an Acrobat 9 PDF Portfolio

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As the school year winds down, its time to get organized and one of the best places to start is with the files on your computer. All that hard work that went into creating and submitting assignments, reports, projects, and just about anything digital shouldn’t be filed away in multiple locations or directories only to be forgotten or lost over time. Chances are you have the tool you need right on your desktop, Adobe Acrobat 9 Professional.

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Get rid of that bloat (in your PDF)

I don’t know about you but if you’re like me we could all use a little shaping up. All the good food and drink at Super Bowl parties and Mardi Gras makes me feel a bit bloated and I could definitely shed a few pounds. Unfortunately it won’t be that easy. The treadmill awaits! So lets quickly change the subject.

Lets talk about BDS or Bloated Document Syndrome and PDF. We’ve all experienced this. A PDF approaching 10s of megabytes only to open up to reveal a couple of pages of text and graphics. Why? you may ask. Isn’t PDF supposed to be efficient? Well in theory yes, and there are many reasons why this can occur. Fortunately, Acrobat has a much easier way to shed those excess bits and bytes

Lets start with the the most probable cause – third party or “free” PDF creators. The PDF specification is available to any developer as it is now owned by the ISO organization iso.org (ISO 32000-1 as of July 2008). As a result anyone can create software for creating and managing PDF files. Its not that easy to develop good software and one of the most obvious signs of this is when a PDF is created that is suffering from BDS.

But what do you do if you have received a PDF or have created one that seems extremely large. In developing course materials, submitting papers, or sharing documents, the last thing you want to do is clog up e-mail and bandwidth with oversized files. No matter how you share and distribute documents, the PDF Optimizer in Acrobat 9 Pro is well worth a look.

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On-Demand ePortfolio Seminar

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Last month’s eSeminar on using Acrobat for ePortfolio was a great event. We had over 800 people attend. i demonstrated how to use the ePortfolio capabilities in Acrobat 9 to enable students and faculty to easily organize and collect, and present information from a variety of sources into a media-rich PDF Portfolio. I also demonstrated how you can easily collaborate and share documents and portfolios in real time or asynchronously. Acrobat 9 makes it possible to reflect, collect and manage feedback in multiple ways.

In case you missed the seminar you can view it on demand on Adobe’s OnDemand Seminar site. Here is the link. You will need a free Adobe ID to access it. By the way, your Adobe ID is also used to access the free Acrobat.com web service. This is a great resource for students and educators.