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April 29, 2014

Adobe Reader: The Perfect Study Tool for Finals Week

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College students know all too well what time of year is fast approaching – Finals Week! Since we can’t buy each and every one of you a mega-sized cup of your caffeinated-beverage-of-choice for those imminent all-night study sessions, we thought, why not try to help you avoid all-nighters all together?  Or at least unnecessary stress.  Here’s a list of Adobe Reader tips and tricks we compiled to help you sort through those lengthy PDFs your professors assigned to read over the course of the semester. Adobe Reader is a free service, so be sure to take advantage.

  1. The Read Aloud Function- Are your eyes zapped or are you too tired to actually read what you were assigned? Let Reader
    read your PDFs for you. Or even better, if you turn any of your final papers into a PDF, have Reader proofread it using the read aloud function to pick up on any grammatical errors.
  2. The Highlighter Tool- Just like you would in any text book, highlight important phrases, sentences or definitions to easily refer back to so you’re not wasting time searching through text for the important stuff.
  3. The Typewriter Tool- Quickly add comments to your PDF for note taking with Reader’s Typewriter tool. Just select the Add Text Comment tool from the Comments panel, click the Add Text Comment tool, click the page where you want to add your text, and type away.
  4. The Comments Tool- If you’re working on a group project, the comment tool might be the better way to go. It makes collaboration much easier because there is no need to print and mark up.
  5. Reader for Mobile- Don’t be confined to the library, take your files with you wherever you go to maximize your study hours.

With these tools, there’s no need to hit the panic button when you see a 150 page PDF file.  Even better, these are only just a few of the tools Reader offers for its users. Check them all out here.  Most importantly—good luck with finals! We know you’ll ace them all with Adobe Reader in your back pocket.

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September 5, 2013

Take control of your Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Reader updates

One of the most frequent conversations we see online about Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader are about updates. When their software is running smoothly, many users wonder why there are updates at all. To help keep everyone in the loop on why we update when we do, here are a few thoughts on what makes these updates crucial to the health of your software.

 

Why should you update?

The most important reason for updating your Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Reader software is security. These updates safeguard your system against malicious attacks that may be executed through universally-used PDF files. Updates also improve basic functionality and features associated within Acrobat and Reader, including addressing any lingering bugs.

Why are there so many updates?

Actually, since Acrobat and Adobe Reader version 10.1 we have only released updates on a quarterly basis, following Microsoft’s model of a “Patch Tuesday” (see http://helpx.adobe.com/acrobat/release-note/release-notes-acrobat-reader.html) Only once have we had to release an “out-of-cycle” patch that fell between these quarterly releases (in February of 2013). Also, these quarterly updates are cumulative so you don’t have to install multiple updates to get to the current version and keep your system and files safe. If you do receive multiple update messages, just make sure the last update did fully install.

Taking control of updates

Although we don’t recommend it (unless you’re an IT wizard managing controlled desktops within an organization), some of you probably prefer to update your Acrobat or Reader software yourselves instead of having Adobe run the updates for you. In that case, you’ll need to disable the automatic updates. Just, you know… remember to run the updates – maybe if you’re going out to lunch, take a few minutes to get the installation going. When you get back, Acrobat and Reader will be ready to go with the most up-to-date version installed.

 

Now that you get the logic of updating your Acrobat and Reader software, we hope you’ll install the updates as we publish them. Unfortunately, we do occasionally hear from people who are trying their best to update, but run into some trouble when they try to install the new software. If you find yourself scratching your head over an Acrobat or Reader update, below are some troubleshooting steps and remedies for you to try:

For Mac users:

  • Reinstall Reader or Acrobat.
  • See this link for instructions on how to do this.
  • Follow these steps if installation “hangs” (stalls).

For Windows users:

If reinstalling Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader is the route you have to go to make sure you have the latest version, the Adobe Cleaner tool is a great thing to know about. The Adobe Reader and Acrobat Cleaner Tool is designed to fix corrupt installations, files, and changing permission registry entries – scary-sounding stuff, we know; all you really need to know is that the Cleaner Tool can take care of the messy behind-the-scenes to make sure that your reinstallation goes smoothly.

 

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