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August 15, 2008

PDF Portfolios on the Web

Adobe Reader 9 was released at the beginning of July, and now, just a few weeks later, we’re seeing PDF Portfolios on the Web. PDF Portfolios allow the content creator to wrap the information in customized PDF Portfolio template that leverages the Flash Player runtime which is part of Acrobat & Adobe Reader 9. To best view these portfolios, I recommend using Adobe Reader 9 or Acrobat 9. You can download Adobe Reader 9 or a trial of Acrobat 9 for viewing.

For example BNET posted today 4 PDF Portfolios in their Business Library section:
a. BNET Energy: The Green Enterprise
b. BNET BookBriefs: Own Your Job, Don’t Let It Own You
c. BNET BookBriefs: Make Your Business Stand Out From the Crowd
d. BNET Best Practices to Managing Employees

PCWorld has highlighted this PDF Portfolio, entitled PC World’s Guide to Mobile Living on their home page.

And I was alerted to 2 more from Nikkei Business Publications (both in Japanese):
An example of an on-line magazine with examples of embedded 3D, images, and multimedia and tips for How to Conduct Effective Presentations

I hope you enjoy these great examples of what you can do with PDF Portfolios. If you know of some PDF Portfolios on the Web – let me know!


  • By Damian - 10:23 AM on August 28, 2008  

    Please lori, where i can find the corousel layout for adobe acrobat portfolio? Because i am a reseller from Adobe in Argentina, and i already have all the institucional material like the aquo presentation, but i want the layout like the aquo to make a portfolio. Thank you

    [[The carousel layout you mention was created using the PDF Portfolio API, and is not part of the Acrobat installation. If you want to learn how to create a similar layout, pleaes see Joel Geraci’s blog]]

  • By Martyn Beeny - 3:16 PM on August 29, 2008  

    How do I create ebooks on Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro?


  • By Moon - 4:02 PM on October 19, 2008  

    Thank you.,

  • By Rina - 11:04 PM on October 20, 2008  

    The portfolios are great but the only problem with them is they take too long to load. Any way how this can be solved?

    [[it depends on the size of the portfolio – also- the entire PDF Portfolio must be downloaded before it will open]]

  • By Steve W - 3:29 PM on November 22, 2008  


    I attended your session at MAX and as always it was very informative. I have a questions concerning portfolios. I have 9 pro extended on two computers (separate license) and neither has all the layouts that were available in the course. What’s worse is that the available layouts differ between each machine. How do I get all the layouts loaded?

    [[Great question! — those layouts were added at the end of September – you can download them from or they were all included on the CDs I handed out. If you’re seeing different layouts, there’s a chance that one of your computers has/had a beta version of the product]]