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December 18, 2007

Acrobat as a RSS Reader

Adobe Acrobat should be coined the “Swiss Army knife” of computer applications. On top of Acrobat’s slick publishing, collaboration, and electronic stapling functions, Adobe also managed to pack a powerful RSS engine under the hood.
To use Acrobat’s RSS features open Adobe Acrobat 8 Professional and click Comments > Review Tracker. The Review Tracker dialogue box will open. Click the RSS button to view the subscription options.
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Locate a feed on the Internet that you would like to subscribe to. In this example I will subscribe to a feed offered by John Nack’s Adobe blog. Click the RSS link and copy the url (website address).
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Jump back over to Acrobat and click the Subscribe button. Paste the url into the Add Subscription dialogue box and click the OK button.
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DONE! The feed will now appear in the left panel of the Subscriptions dialogue. Right click the post and feed icons for additional options, such as refreshing the feed, marking as read, and converting to PDF.
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I almost forgot! The RSS reader is also available in Adobe Acrobat Reader. To access the RSS tools from Acrobat Reader click View > Review Tracker and select the RSS button.

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