Acrobat ePortfolios - BETT

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I spent last week at the BETT education show at Olympia in London. Of all the shows and events I help out with, I'd have to say it's my favourite. This year I gave a few presentations on using Acrobat for ePortfolios and it does seem that this is going to be a theme over the next few months as everyone who has seen them want to know more.

Indeed, I followed up BETT with a customer visit on Friday to a creative agency in London who also wanted to talk Portfolios. I arrived in my suit and of course felt overdressed instantly, I really should remember my customers better.... I looked like a visiting Accountant. (no offence, Accountants)

As I'm sure I've mentioned before Portfolios can really change the way in which you present many pieces of related information.

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.

here's how....

1. Create your Portfolio and add files

Create a PDF Portfolio
Choose File > Create PDF Portfolio.

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.

Create a folder in a PDF Portfolio
Choose File > Modify PDF Portfolio > Create New Folder.

Remove files and folders from a PDF Portfolio
Select one or more files or folders in the PDF Portfolio and press Delete.
If you delete a folder, all of the files within it are deleted from the PDF Portfolio.

2. Customize your Portfolio

Choose a layout
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.

Add a welcome page and header
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.

Select a color scheme
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.

3.Add details about your files

Specify file details
The File Details view lists PDF Portfolio component files in table format, with columns
such as file descriptions, size, and modification dates. You can customize the columns
that appear in the File Details view.
1 Choose File > Modify PDF Portfolio > Edit Portfolio.
2 In the Edit Portfolio pane, choose Specify File Details.
3 Do any of the following under Specify File Details:
• To show or hide a column in the list, select or deselect it.
• To add a column, type the name in the Add A Column box, select a data type
from the menu, and click the Add button.
• To delete a column, select it and click the Delete button. You cannot delete
preset columns.
• To change the order of a column, select it and click the up or down arrow.
• To specify the order in which files appear when the PDF Portfolio is initially
opened, select a column name from the Initial Sort menu. Then click the button
for ascending or descending order. Initial Sort affects Home view as well as
File Details view. To create a custom sort order, add a new column, specify
a data type, and enter a value for each document. (For example, create a column
named My Sort and specify Number as the data type. Then enter 1 for the first
document, 2 for the second, and so on.) You can then specify this as the
Initial Sort order.

.... I think... yup, I'm sure I've told you this before, hang on a mo....


... yup, here it is
http://blogs.adobe.com/spartacusacrobat/2008/07/acrobat_9_portfolios.html

In fact, last time I included some screencaps too.

Well, that doesn't diminish the need for me to post on eportfolios again, the feature is really usefull and I can only see more and more people using it as a way of adding some personlaisation and pazazzz (check spelling) to their published information.


Finally, in other news.... Manchester United go top of the Premiership! Gloucester lose in a muddy sluggy boggy soggy (it was wet) affair to Cardiff Blues and as a result look to be out of further participation in the Heineken Cup (The Rugby equivalent of the Champions League), so an up and down weekend sportswise.

Glos lose.jpg


>sigh<

TTFN
Steve

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