Archive for October, 2011

Acrobat Forms tips & tricks

I came across three forms tips in the Adobe Acrobat User Community Newsletter. These tips are designed to increase your productivity when signing or creating forms.

Tip 1: Create a signature stamp to sign PDF forms
A scan of your signature converted to an Acrobat stamp makes it fast and easy to sign forms without printing them. From the Comment task pane, open Annotations. Select Custom Stamps from the Stamp icon pulldown. Select Custom Stamps >Create Custom Stamps. Import a gif of your scanned signature. Now place the stamp whenever you need to sign. It will be accepted almost anywhere that you could use a real-world signature stamp. Here’s a video that shows you how: Create a signature stamp to sign PDF forms.

Tip 2: Edit form fields without using the Form Editing Mode
Once you’ve created your form and are back in Viewer Mode, you may want to make more changes. Rather than go back into Form Editing Mode, simply activate the Select Object mode. All form fields are instantly highlighted. Right-clicking a field brings up a menu with the same option as in the Form Editing Mode. Click the hand tool to return to normal browse mode. Here’s a video that shows you how: Editing form fields in a PDF Document.

Tip 3: Change tabbing order of a form
To change the tabbing order of a form, click the Tools task pane and open the Forms panel. Click Edit and open the Fields panel. This shows all of the form fields in the document. The tab order is the order of the fields as listed. To change the tab order, simply drag and drop a field name to a different location. Here’s a video that shows you how: Getting Started: Creating Simple Forms (starting at 00.48 seconds on the timeline).

Filling in forms

A lot of people seem to be having trouble filling in forms. Does this illustration help you identify which type of form you have? (Click the illustration to see it full size). Basically, if you can’t type in the fields, and you don’t see the Typewriter tool, all you can do is save or print the form. If you have suggestions for improving the illustration, please leave a comment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

See the full Help topic here:
Acrobat X: Fill in forms
Acrobat 9: Fill in forms
Reader X: Fill in forms

 

Video tutorial: The Basics of Editing a PDF Document

Jon Bessant, Adobe Certified Expert and instructor, shows how to use about 15 different ways to edit text, graphics, and pages in a PDF using Acrobat X Pro. Most of the text and page editing techniques are also available in Acrobat X Standard. However, you need Acrobat Pro to edit graphics.

Adobe recommends that you return to the original document for extensive editing. However, you can manipulate text and graphics in significant ways using Acrobat X Pro. Here’s how:

Adobe TV: Getting Started: The Basics of Editing a PDF Document

We’re also addressing some common editing issues in the Acrobat FAQ.

New Acrobat X video series

InfiniteSkills has recently published an excellent series of free Acrobat X video tutorials by Mike Hoffman, an Adobe Certified Expert. The videos cover subjects like the Acrobat Pro interface, enabling Reader users to save forms, backgrounds and watermarks, Preflight analysis and fixups, custom stamps, creating PDFs using various methods, and more.

Check out the series for a video that addresses one of your issues or how-to questions:

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