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October 19, 2010

I Didn’t Know Acrobat Could Do That!

We have a new page on – 10 things I bet you didn’t know Acrobat could do!.
This is my top 10 things I want to share we people so they’ll get more out of their Acrobat investment.
I’ll be publishing these as a countdown over the next few days.

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August 6, 2010

Acrobat Social Media Survey

quick 5 question survey to help us understand how you prefer to find information on Acrobat was posted today. If you have a minute – please fill it out!

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February 17, 2010

New tutorial on designing forms for auto field detection

Using the Form Wizard in Acrobat 9, you have the ability to import documents from MS Word and Adobe InDesign, convert them to PDF documents, and then Acrobat will automatically apply form fields to the document.

I’ve been asked many times if I had any best practices to creating the original form templates in MS Word or Adobe InDesign and as a result of these requests, we’ve created a new tutorial which has been posted here. Alternatively, you can download a PDF version of the tutorial.

Please stay tuned for an international version translated into additional languages.

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August 29, 2009

It’s Conference Season again…

I always look forward to fall — back to school for the kids, and extended learning opportunities for Acrobat users as conference season begins.
First, we have the Acrobat and PDF Central Conference, hosted this year in Minneapolis, September 22-24. Acrobat Experts from around the globe are “in the house” — from our own Ali Hanyaloglu, Lisa Croft, and Paul Gilbertson to PDF gurus like Ted Padova, Duff Johnson, Angie Okamoto, Bob Connolly, and Thom Parker.
Here’s a tip — if you are (or become) a member of the Acrobat User Community, you’ll get $100 off the 2-day registration fee (regularly $395).

Next up — Adobe MAX. This year, we’ll be in Los Angeles. I’ll be hosting my hands-on lab “I didn’t know Acrobat could do that!” and there is so much more. Take a look at this episode of Lori’s Corner where Joel Geraci interviews Ted Patrick and Doug Winnie about what’s happening at MAX.

If you’re aware of other conferences this fall where Acrobat will be a topic, let me know.

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August 7, 2009

Acrobat & Xcelsius – a match made in …

I could say heaven, but really its a match due to Adobe Flash. Acrobat 9 and Adobe Reader 9 both include Adobe Flash reducing the need for additional viewers.

Xcelsius Present, an SAP offering, allows you to take data from Microsoft Excel and turn it into something much more useful for presentations — charts, graphs, etc. — and with the latest version you can now export to PDF directly, allowing for rich, engaging, yet portable information.

I created a short intro to match the format of Lori’s Corner on Adobe TV, which will direct you to a demonstration I prepared showing multiple examples of how you can use the two products together.

Please let me know if you’ve created examples and I’ll post them here or on

Enjoy your summer!

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June 15, 2009

Announcement: now ‘shipping’

I’m so excited that has moved from ‘beta’ to ‘shipping’ today. In addition to the free services which have been available for the past year, there are premium services increasing meeting and file size, and support.

Please visit for a full description of what’s new, what’s improved, and pre-release tools for business productivity.

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May 14, 2009

Announcing Lori’s Corner on Adobe TV

As many of my readers know, I’ve been hosting a ‘tech corner’ on for the past few years entitled “Lori’s Corner” with tips & tricks and a ‘Dear Lori’ section where people can ask me Acrobat questions. During the redesign of (December 2008) the information in the tech corner was integrated into the tutorials section.

It is important for me to continue a relationship with the Acrobat Community and therefore, I would like to announce a new Lori’s Corner – now on Adobe TV. The first episode is a book review of titles on Acrobat 9. My guest is Ali Hanyaloglu.

Enjoy- and if you want to send me a “Dear Lori” — I’ll welcome your question.

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April 25, 2009

TIP: Converting Excel to Adobe PDF Options

A customer asked me if it was possible to convert an Excel workbook with multiple worksheets into individual PDF documents, each named by the worksheet tab.

Well… it is… and here’s how:

1. Select Create PDF and in the Acrobat PDFMaker dialog box select all worksheets


2. Open the resulting file and notice there are now bookmarks that match the worksheet names


3. Select Document > Split Document.

a.Select Top-level bookmarks; select Output Options


b. Select Use bookmark names for file names


And now with just 2 actions (Create PDF & Split Document), you have your individual files.

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March 19, 2009

The Ultimate Tourney Guide

On Sunday night, the NCAA (men’s college basketball in US) announced the 64 teams participating in their yearly tournament to determine the best basketball team in the country. Adobe along with ESPN have partnered to bring an interactive PDF document to your desktop to allow you to learn about the teams (via streaming video), watch the progress of the tournament bracket, and participate in daily polls.

This document is a great example of what’s possible with Acrobat (and Reader) 9 now that we have Adobe Flash run-time in the product.

Let me know your experience, and I hope your team wins!

5:48 PM Permalink
March 9, 2009

Acrobat & Adobe Reader 9.1 Update Available

An update to Adobe Reader 9 and Acrobat 9 is now available. In addition to a security update, there are a few more items:

Updated Software Support

To ensure compatibility with the latest software releases, this update includes support for:

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008
  • IBM Lotus Notes 8.5 (specifically for Acrobat PDFMaker in email and using Notes for collaboration)
  • Autodesk AutoCAD 2009: Acrobat PDFMaker installed in AutoCAD and Acrobat’s 3D Import options

Additionally, there’s support for:

  • Catalan and Basque languages
  • Using the Pencil tool to add an electronic signature if you’re using a TabletPC or tablet/stylus device

The PDF Portfolio templates posted in August are now included in the update, and of course, some bug fixes.

Where’s the software?

Here’s the direct links to the software updates.
Adobe Reader 9.1 is a full install; Acrobat 9.1 is an update:
Adobe Reader 9.1 : Full install
Acrobat 9.1 Standard : Update
Acrobat 9.1 Pro (Win) : Update
Acrobat 9.1 Pro (Mac) : Update
Acrobat 9.1 Pro Extended : Update

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