Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Speakers: Steve Werner (with Joe Geraci of Adobe)
Forum organized by Jim Norrena and Karen Asbelle
Summary notes by Karen Asbelle
With Adobe releasing their latest Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro,
Steve Werner, an Adobe-certified expert, walked us through
an onscreen presentation of Acrobat's general capabilities
and some of its enhanced features that may be useful to us.
He was joined by Joe Geraci, Acrobat Technical Evangelist
at Adobe, who helped field various technical product
questions that came up. Adobe Systems generously donated a
full version of Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro as a drawing prize for
those in attendance; the prize was awarded to winning
BAEF member Rick Clogher.
Steve provided a detailed
some of his discussion points that follow:
- Acrobat is an Adobe Systems family of software that provides
tools for creating, editing, and manipulating Adobe Portable
Document Format (PDF) files.
- PDF files are compact, platform-independent, application-
independent,and usually font-independent. PDF files can be
used for many different purposes (one size does not fit all).
- Acrobat 8 Professional/Acrobat 9 Pro is an application that
enables you to do the following with PDF files:
- View them
- Perform certain kinds of editing to them
- Add navigation to them
- Add comments to them
- Search them
- Create security for them
- Print them
- The new Acrobat interface is cleaner and less cluttered, is
task-based and easier to customize, and includes improved Help
and a task-oriented Getting Started panel that helps you learn
more about Acrobat as you go.
- The program's default set of toolbars has changed. Separate
toolbars appear at the top of each open document.
- The names for Navigation Tabs have been replaced by icons.
- CTRL + right-clicking on the toolbar or a tool provides
options for toolbars or tools that are visible. Choosing More
Tools lets you customize which tools are visible.
- Flash runtime is now built into Acrobat 9 and Adobe Reader 9,
so you can combine the richness of content created with Flash
with the ubiquity, security, and reliability of PDF.
- Imagine that you have a collection of files: PDF, Microsoft
PowerPoint presentation, Flash movie, JPEG file, even an Adobe
InDesign file. Also, imagine that you want to share these files
with a client to tell a story. Instead of sending them as loose
files, you can control how someone else views and interacts with
them by creating a PDF portfolio in Acrobat 9 Pro, which gives
you a way to easily create a compelling presentation that can
be opened by your client with the free Adobe Reader 9. You can
even create an optional Welcome screen that can include text,
graphics, or Flash video to introduce the portfolio.
- Acrobat has the capability to create live, fillable forms for
many versions, with tools for adding different fields: text, combo
box, radio buttons, etc. You can quickly create forms, distribute
them, and get them back. The Form Editing mode makes it especially
easy to create and edit forms. It's also easier to store returned
form data: a new Forms Tracker lets you keep track of forms you've
sent out, send reminders, add recipients, email all recipients,
and set a final response date.
- Acrobat 9 Pro supports two types of managed reviews: email-based
(when reviewers do not share a common server) and shared (when
reviewers do have access to a common server). Browser-based
review, Adobe's oldest review method, was discontinued in this
version. A managed review has an initiator who sets up the
review with a program wizard. This avoids the manual aspects
of importing comments, enabling Reader users, and tracking
comments. Acrobat 9 Pro has added the ability to store a Shared
Review on Acrobat.com, which is a server hosted by Adobe that
makes the process quite reliable.
Steve Werner is a trainer, consultant, author, and Adobe-certified
expert who has worked in the graphic arts industry for more than 30
years. He is the co-author of Moving to InDesign (with David Blatner
and Christopher Smith) and Real World Adobe Creative Suite 2 (with
Sandee Cohen). Steve has taught Adobe graphics applications at many
companies, and he has presented at InDesign and Creative Suite
conferences, Printing Industry of Northern California (PINC), and