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MAX 2011 Speaker Profiles: Joel Geraci

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I’m back at MAX this year as a speaker again presenting “Pushing the Envelope with Interactive PDF from InDesign”. I’ll be showing how I put together our interactive success stories using InDesign for the layout and Acrobat Actions to automatically add the interactivity. You can read an in depth article on what I’ll be showing in my article Actions in Action at Adobe and the follow on article Using the “Video Player Plus” with the “Insert VPP JavaScript” Action. I’ll take you through the process step by step and explain my logic behind it all.

My 60 minute session is only scheduled to be delivered once during MAX this year and seating is limited so sign up as soon as possible. In the MAX scheduler, look for this session.

Pushing the Envelope with Interactive PDF from InDesign
Learn how to expand the possibilities for creating interactive PDF files using InDesign and a few special tricks with Acrobat X Actions. Standardize your InDesign templates and let the new guided Actions in Acrobat X do the heavy lifting by automating the addition of JavaScript and button actions to take your interactive documents to new levels.
Joel Geraci
Wednesday, Oct 05, 8:00 AM

MAX 2011 Speaker Profiles: Thom Parker


Thom Parker of Windjack Solutions is back at
MAX this year and will be presenting “Automating Acrobat: Best Practices for using Actions and Scripting”. Thom has been involved with the Acrobat and PDF Community for quite a few years. In 2004, his company WindJack Solutions released its first Acrobat plug-in, PDF CanOpener, and followed that with two scripting related plug-ins AcroButtons and AcroDialogs in 2005. Thom is a prolific contributor in the user forums at, having answered thousands of questions since its inception. He has authored over 60 tutorials on a wide variety of Acrobat and PDF scripting topics for the site. Thom spends much of his time immersed in developing custom scripted solutions for clients spanning a broad spectrum of industries all over the globe, and providing custom on-line training in Acrobat and PDF scripting topics.

Thom and his company WindJack Solutions‘ latest effort is a new subscription web site,, that provides millions of Acrobat and PDF users on-line access to a comprehensive library of training videos, sample files, copy-n-paste scripts, and automation tools all focused on what can be accomplished with scripting in PDF files.

Thom is considered one of the worlds leading experts on Acrobat Scripting. He is a long time software developer who is deeply involved with the Acrobat and PDF community. He is a regular conference speaker, including speaking at Adobe MAX on various PDF programming topics.

Thom’s 60 minute session is only scheduled to be delivered once during MAX this year and seating is limited so sign up as soon as possible. In the MAX scheduler, look for this session.

Automating Acrobat: Best Practices for using Actions and Scripting
Learn about the two mechanisms in Adobe Acrobat for automating tasks: JavaScript to enable hidden functionality and Actions for grouping multiple tasks into a single step. These two features can greatly improve workflow efficiency, reduce human error, and cut down on training time for employees who need to use these workflows. This session will cover the details of using JavaScript for Acrobat automation and creating guided Actions. We’ll include practical working examples.
Thom Parker
Monday , Oct 03, 3:30 PM


Chris Converse and Patti Sokol, two MAX veterans will, be taking over for Lori DeFurio this year and presenting “I Didn’t Know Acrobat Could Do That!”

Chris Converse is a graphic designer and multimedia developer specializing in web design and development, interactive media, print, motion graphics, and CD-ROMs. Converse is co-founder of Codify Design Studio (, which specializes in both graphic design and the technologies that make the design happen across media. Codify standardizes on many Adobe technologies, from developing rich-media PDF files that leverage dynamic Flash applications, to Ajax-based web solutions built on either Adobe Spry or jQuery framework.

Patti D. Sokol brings over 15 years of enthusiasm and experience in teaching Adobe products to her role as an Adobe Solutions Consultant. Her in-depth knowledge and facility for clear and concise explanations enable her to show clients how to solve problems using Adobe tools and products. A dynamic and interactive instructor and presenter, Patti is a Certified Technical Trainer and an Adobe Certified Instructor for Acrobat, Illustrator, InDesign, Lightroom, and Photoshop.

This 90 minute lab is only scheduled to be delivered twice during MAX this year and seating is limited so sign up as soon as possible. In the MAX scheduler, look for this session.

I Didn’t Know Acrobat Could Do That!
Roll up your sleeves and join us for a fun, interactive session about Adobe Acrobat. We’ll take you on a whirlwind tour of functionality guaranteed to open your mind to new ways to work with PDF and SWF or FLV together. You’ll leave with samples and templates and a better understanding of the potential of Acrobat.

Chris Converse & Patti Sokol
Tuesday, Oct 04, 12:30 PM
Monday, Oct 03, 12:45 PM

MAX 2011 Speaker Profiles: Donna Baker

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I’m very happy to be inviting Donna Baker back to MAX this year to present “Acrobat for the Web Designer”.

Donna Baker, of Baker Communications, is a freelance graphic designer, and author of a couple dozen books about design software, and Web design. About half of the books she’s written are on Adobe Acrobat. Donna has also written a monthly article for since the early days of the site. In the last year or so, she’s started to narrow her focus to all things Acrobat. She’s an Adobe Community Expert, an Adobe Certified Expert, and in her spare time she’s one of the online Adobe Acrobat Help system moderators.

You should also check out the Acrofacts blog, where where she posts Acrobat-related topics as they strike her fancy, and downloadable PDF file versions of her articles. You can also follow Donna for a daily Acrobat tip on Twitter or Facebook.

Outside of Acrobat and work, she lives in the marshlands of a Canadian lake with her family and two little hound dogs. Donna is also an avid designer of everything, and sculpts in concrete, metal and glass.

Donna’s 60 minute session is only scheduled to be delivered once during MAX this year and seating is limited so sign up as soon as possible. In the MAX scheduler, look for this session.

Acrobat for the Web Designer
Learn how to get PDF files to behave the way you and your readers want on the web. We’ll share best practices for helping to ensure that PDF files are easy to read, navigate, and access, as well as for making PDF files as streamlined as possible without losing quality.
Donna Baker
Tuesday, Oct 04, 8:30AM