July 2008 Archives

MotoGP at Laguna Seca


WOW! I may have just watched the most intense 24 laps of MotoGP racing ever!

If you didn't catch it live, try to watch a replay of yesterdays MotoGP race at Laguna Seca. I'm used to the occasionbal race where the last 8-10 laps are exciting, but this time round we had Casey Stoner versus the Doctor from Lap 1.

Most poeple (me included and I'm a Rossi fan) expected Casey to disappear into the distance but wow what a race. the first 24 laps saw the best 2 riders in the world swapping the lead multiple times, whilst pulling a lead on the rest of the field at around 0.8 seconds a lap, no one else was near! Some of the overtaking moves caused me to issue expetives from the sofa, this was like Ali v Foreman or Federer v Nadal.... bloomin brilliant!

It was just such a shame that Casey made an error on the 24th, only 8 laps to go and could have been the best race ever!


Acrobat 9 Portfolios



well, it's the topic of the month for many people, and (As Barry Norman used to say) why not. Portfolios can really change the way in which you present multiple pieces of related information. So yes, you can throw a lotta stuff together and make it look right pretty!

It’s really easy to make a PDF Portfolio and add files to it. You can create folders within your PDF Portfolio, delete component files and folders, edit component filenames, and add and edit descriptions of component files.

Use the Edit Portfolio pane to customize the layout, welcome page, header, and color scheme. You can also customize the File Details view with columns that you choose or create yourself.

How do I make a PDF Portfolio?
Choose File > Create PDF Portfolio.
(OK, that's an easy start)

So now how do I add files to a PDF Portfolio?
From an open PDF Portfolio, do one of the following:

* Choose File > Modify PDF Portfolio > Add Files, and select one or more files.
* Choose File > Modify PDF Portfolio > Add Existing Folder, and select a folder.
* On the desktop or from a folder, drag any files or folders into the PDF Portfolio work area.


Hmm, OK, how do I insert multimedia files in a PDF Portfolio?
You can convert component multimedia files, such as MOV, AVI, and WMV files, to PDF, SWF, or FLV files within a PDF Portfolio.

1. In Home View or File Details view, select one or more multimedia files in the PDF Portfolio.
2. In the PDF Portfolio toolbar, choose Modify > Convert To PDF or Convert To Flash Movie.
The Convert To Flash Movie command always converts to FLV format.
3. If a dialog box appears, specify the options as needed and click OK.

Choose your preferred layout

PDF Portfolio layout options enable you to present your bits and bobs in a layout that best fits your needs. For example, the Revolve layout allows readers to page through the document thumbnails one at a time, carousel style!

1. From an open PDF Portfolio, choose File > Modify PDF Portfolio > Edit Portfolio.
2. In the Edit Portfolio pane, select Choose A Layout.
3. If necessary, choose a category from the pop-up menu.
4. Click the layout you want.


You can also create your own custom layouts.

Now we're getting there.... Add a welcome page and header

You can include a welcome page and header in a PDF Portfolio. The welcome page, which appears when recipients open the PDF Portfolio file, can provide information or instructions for using the PDF Portfolio. To open or close the welcome page, click the Welcome Page button in the PDF Portfolio toolbar. The header appears at the top of the layout, and can contain important information like a logo, company name, and contact information. The welcome page and header can include text, images, or both, and can be arranged in various ways. You can even add a Flash animation (SWF or FLV file) to your welcome page.

1. Choose File > Modify PDF Portfolio > Edit Portfolio.
2. In the Edit Portfolio pane, choose Add Welcome & Header.
3. Select either Welcome Page or Header, and then select a template from the list.
4. Click in the boxes to add content.
5. As needed, select a text or image box and specify size, background color, and other properties.

Now I want my portfolio to have the colours I like

1. Choose File > Modify PDF Portfolio > Edit Portfolio.
2. In the Edit Portfolio pane, choose Select A Color Scheme.
3. Click the color buttons to preview color schemes, or click Customize Color Scheme and specify the colors.

portfolio colours.jpg

Can I save it now?

To save a portfolio, you can simply hit the option in your menu. However, you can publish the Portfolio from inside the Portfolio toolbar. You have 3 publishing options...

1. Save the portfolio to your hard drive
2. Email the portfolio, to someone you love
3. Publish the portfolio to Acrobat.com and share with everyone.

portfolio publish.jpg

Phew! I'd better have a lay down now in a darkened room, too much typing makes my old knuckles hurt, plus I type like a blacksmith pounding away at a new horseshoe!

Take a look at pone of my own portfolios here....


Reader 9 available.....


Hiya, so, Reader 9 is available for free download from Adobe.com well the actual url is....


You'll see the page looks like this......


I'm sure I'll get comments on the size of Reader 9, someone will mention the word 'bloat' but once you've used the new capabilities and worked with a flash enabled PDF, you might, just might change your mind.

Also, did you notice the little eBay download option? It's our AIR based way of accessing eBay from your desktop, without a browser.... go on, give it a go.