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.
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:
The Adobe Reader Help and Support page has a face-lift. The page now includes quick solutions to problems you encounter when downloading and installing Reader, and when doing common tasks. You’ll also find changes to the Contact Support page and changes to specific technotes.
We covered common solutions on these pages:
Can’t download or install Reader
Can’t open a PDF
Can’t view a PDF on the web
Adobe Reader forums and other resources
Many people who use Acrobat have a lot of experience and expertise to share. If you are one of those people, you might be interested in creating a tutorial or tip using the new Adobe Community Publishing System. This new AIR application lets anyone with an Adobe ID publish content on Adobe products and technology directly to Adobe.com.
Community members can contribute tips, movies, code snippets, and more with easy-to-use templates. Contributions are moderated by community experts. Plus, everyone in the community can rate and comment on contributions.
Contributing is easy
1. Download the Community Publishing AIR application.
2. Author your content using a simple template.
3. Publish it to Adobe.com.
Content goes live within minutes and is automatically added to community help search. Exceptional contributions will be promoted in Help & Support pages, Developer Connection, Design Center, and considered for inclusion in Adobe partner publications.
You can see all of the submissions here: Community Publishing index page.
So give it a try. I’ll link to especially good contributions in Acrobat Help.
Most of us have successfully converted Microsoft Word documents to PDF using Acrobat’s built-in PDFMaker application. If the Word document is set up correctly, then text, links, and images appear as expected in the PDF.
But what if you want to (re)convert that PDF content back into Word format so that you can reuse the content? Judging from the comments in forums and on Acrobat help pages, many users want to do this. You can convert PDFs to other file formats by using the File > Export command in Acrobat. A description of how to do this and some tips from the Acrobat community are in this Acrobat Help topic, “Convert PDFs to Word, RTF, or other text formats”.
But converting PDF to Word can be problematic. A lot depends on how complex the document is. See Duff Johnson’s blog entry on AcrobatUsers.com at http://www.acrobatusers.com/blogs/duffjohnson/converting-pdf-word-understanding-problem for some things to consider.
Check out these 5 new Acrobat 9 videos on Adobe TV:
http://tv.adobe.com/#vi+f15361v1018 – Customizing Your PDF Portfolio Template
http://tv.adobe.com/#vi+f15361v1019 – Adding Flash Widgets to PDF Documents
http://tv.adobe.com/#vi+f15361v1017 – Combining Files into a PDF Portfolio
http://tv.adobe.com/#vi+f15361v1001 – Initiating a Shared Review in Adobe Acrobat 9 Using Microsoft SharePoint
http://tv.adobe.com/#vi+f15361v1016 – Setting Up Microsoft SharePoint for a Shared Review with Adobe Acrobat 9
See these and other great videos about Acrobat on this videos page on AcrobatUsers.com:
Acrobat Community Help is an integrated environment on adobe.com that gives you access to community-generated content moderated by Adobe and industry experts. Comments from users help guide you to an answer.
Community Help draws on a number of resources, including:
• Videos, tutorials, tips and techniques, blogs, articles, and examples for designers and developers.
• Complete online product Help, which is updated regularly by the Adobe documentation team.
• Live commenting, moderated by experts in the community.
• All other content on Adobe.com, including knowledgebase articles, downloads and updates, Developer Connection, and more.
Searching Community Help
Acrobat Help includes a custom Google search engine, which lets us index the best sites and resources for Acrobat instructional content. This search index includes our own Adobe Help, support docs, and tutorials as well as content created by the larger community. The goal of the custom search index is to help you to find focused answers faster than with a standard web search.
You have two ways to search Community Help:
• On any page in web help, use the Search field in the upper left to access Community Help directly. To search only Adobe documentation, select the option This Help System Only.
• On the Acrobat Help and Support page (http://www.adobe.com/go/lr_Acrobat_community_en), use the main search field. The Help and Support page is a portal to all of the Community Help content for your product. To filter a search by Adobe content only, click All Adobe Help And Support on the results page.
The sites searched by the Community Help search engine are hand-selected and reviewed for quality by Adobe and Adobe Community Experts. Adobe experts also work to ensure that the top search results include a mix of different kinds of content, including results from Acrobat web help.
You can also download a PDF of web help by clicking the icon at the top right of the page.
This is a new system. We hope you’ll explore it and let us know what you think. We’re listening to customer feedback and we’re always looking for ways to improve the experience.