Archive for December, 2010

Extract images from a PDF

Acrobat X provides built in functionality to extract images from a PDF. There are many times when you would want to extract images from a PDF. For example, if you’re a clutz like me, you could have deleted all the image source files.

  1. Open the PDF in Acrobat X.
  2. Choose Tools > Document Processing > Export All Images
  3. Enter a file name, location, and click Save.

For more information see the help topic.

NOTE: If you can’t see the Document Processing panel, in the tools pane, chances are that:

  • You’re trying this in Adobe Reader X. This functionality is not available in Reader X.
  • The panel is hidden. Click the panel fly-out menu indicated by the arrow.

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Create rich interactive documents with InDesign CS5

The definition of a “document” has become less straightforward as more information destinations emerge.
Documents today can incorporate blended experiences that combine the look and feel of a traditional print
document with websites that include rich media. The means by which people access and consume that
information—in print, on desktops, and on mobile devices—also continue to change. Keeping pace with these
changes and trends, Adobe InDesign CS5 software offers a new feature set that allows rich interactive
document content to be created and directly published as a desktop/browser experience apart from, or in
addition to, a printed piece.
This white paper discusses the following:

  1. Why InDesign for interactive documents
  2. InDesign CS5 interactive features overview
  3. Project scenario:Interactive travel brochure
  4. Button-based document navigation
  5. Animation and timing
  6. Multistate objects
  7. Adding and controlling audio and video
  8. Establishing page transitions
  9. Previewing your interactive document
  10. Publishing to SWF and FLA

See the complete whitepaper on adobe.com.

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Ask a CS PRO: Digital Publishing Suite

Upcoming Ask a CS Pro: Friday, Dec 17th, 2010 at 12pm PST

Producing publications with Digital Publishing Suite!

Learn how to use the tools and viewer technology of Adobe Digital Publishing Suite to produce publications for the iPad and other tablet devices.  Join Chris Converse from Codify Design Studio to learn how to use the designer-friendly Digital Publishing Suite tools now available on Adobe Labs to create compelling content that combine the richness of print design with the interactivity of digital.

Get more info here http://on.fb.me/hXn03h

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Change PDF Viewer back to Adobe’s in Google Chrome

Around December 2010 I noticed that Google Chrome, in it’s latest update (version 8.0.552.215), slipped in an integrated PDF viewer. So your PDF files are not rendered in the browser using the Adobe plug-ins. So if you’re wondering, for example, why 3D models won’t render, or embedded SWFs are not playing, you should revert to the good old Adobe PDF plug-in.

If you want to revert to the good old Adobe plugins, here’s what you do:

  1. In the Chrome address bar, type chrome://plugins
  2. Disable Chrome PDF Viewer.
  3. Enable the Adobe Acrobat/ Adobe Reader plugin.

    Disable Chrome PDF Viewer

Easy as Pie :-)

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Can I comment on PDFs using the free Adobe Reader?

[ 07-Jan-2013: Post updated for Reader XI]

The short answer is Yes. Get Reader XI.

The long answer is also Yes.

  • Add Sticky notes and highlights to any PDF using Reader X.
  • All Commenting and Markup tools are available in Reader XI. So if you haven’t already, update to Reader XI.

In older versions of Reader, the complete set of commenting and drawing markup tools are available if:

  • If the author has extended the PDF for Reader. Ask the author to save as Reader Extended PDF  ( In Acrobat X or XI, File > Save As > Reader Extended PDF > Enable Commenting & Measuring)
  • PDF is under email review. (Email review automatically extends the PDF for Reader users)
  • PDF is under a shared review workflow.

I hope that helps.

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