August 2007 Archives

3 Days to go


OK first of all I confess, I'm less preoccupied with Acrobat than normal, it's 3 days until me wedding so I'm cutting myself some slack on that one.

Still, I'm not completely off the job yet, so here's something I showed yesterday to a major Pharaceutical company (did I spell Pharamaceutical right?)

They use AutoCad to create their packaging designs and want to share them, PFD/Acrobat/Reader is the preferred delivery mechanism for information (clever fellows), so what to do with those pesky DWG files. No-one wants to learn another application... (whisper DWF viewer), so Acrobat 8 made this task a whole lot easier.....

In Acrobat 7 we gave you the ability to work from your AutoCAD environment and save as a PFD. But to get that AutoCAD drawing into a PDF without having AutoCAD on your machine? No problem, with Acrobat 8 Professional it is a simple drag and drop.

1. Open Acrobat 8 Professional
2. Select your DWG file
3. Drag and Drop it into the Acrobat window
4. Save as...

Or, for the truly lazy amongst us......

1. Right click on the DWG file
2. Select the "Convert to Adobe PDF" option
3. Share the file with anyone using the free Adobe Reader, communicate, collaborate in confidence
4. Sit back and feel smug

Anyway, back to the impending nuptuals, the expediture is reay under control, having said that, I have considered selling one of my Kidneys on eBay........ This does sem like a lot of hard work just to get a holiday in the Maldives.

Acrobat in Legal

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I'm working with a couple of companies in the Legal sector right now and coincidentally a friendly post over at "The Connected Lawyer", covering Redaction, Combining files, Bates numbering and others, worth a read.....

First Trophy

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All I will say is, first trophy of the year to the Red Devils......

I'm ACE, it's official!!


Well, if it wasn't always clear enough, I'm officially ACE!!

It's nice to be ratified by an official body. I've passed my Adobe ACE exam, so now I'm an certified Expert in Acrobat. I passed with 86% which I think means that when I tell you things about Acrobat, nearly nine times out of ten, I'm telling the truth....

More importantly, I can now wear my "Acrobat Guru" polo shirt without feeling like a charlatan and a fraud. Now all I need is to be invited to a slightly geeky party........

Has summer arrived finally in England? Well, it's warm andvaguely sunny so I guess that must be it, let's hope it lasts for more than 3 days.

Just a quick link, Jonathan Ferman, Adobe UK's Creative Publishing guru, has now returned from honeymoon and (all dewey eyed in love) spotted this useful free application....

If during a demo you want to zoom in on part of your screen it’s easy on a Mac (Just hold down the CTRL key and use the scroll ball or Trackpad), but on Windows you need a utility, here’s one I found that is free. You may find better but hopefully this will be a good start:

Virtual Magnifying Glass 3.3
A free, open source, screen magnifier, for Windows, Linux and FreeBSD.