Author: Ted Padova

Adobe LiveCycle Designer and Acrobat PDF Forms: Under the Hood

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Form producers around the world now need to contend with not one, but two PDF-based forms technologies from Adobe: the older Acrobat (AKA AcroForms) model, and the newer XFA form model introduced with Adobe LiveCycle Designer. Which is better? Do we need both? Author Ted Padova’s latest article for Planet PDF takes readers ‘under the hood’ to find out.

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Sending PDF for Email Review

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After you create a PDF document, you might want to share it with members of your workgroup. A nice feature in Acrobat 6 is its support for sending files for e-mail reviews whereby recipients receive your document, add comment notes, and return the notes to you to be integrated into your original file. In this tip Ted Padova teaches you how to start an e-mail review.

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Setting the Opening View in a PDF

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First impressions count. Whether it’s just to save time, or just to give the right impression, it’s possible to set the initial view of your PDF documents from within Acrobat. In this Acrobat tip, Ted Padova explains how.

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Adding a PDF Stamp Comment

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OK, so you want to stamp your document. Maybe you need to give reviewers some advice about the document’s status or sensitivity. This tip from author Ted Padova demonstrates how to add stamps with the Stamp Tool along with related comments.

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Creating PDF Page Links

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In addition to the tools used for navigation in the Status Bar, you can add interactive elements to a PDF document to assist a user in navigating pages in open PDF documents and in navigating among a collection of different PDF documents. The Link tool is used to create hyperactive links. In this tip, Ted Padova shows you how to add interactive links with the Link tool.

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Saving PDF Files and Loading Toolbars

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If you want to save a file with a new name or to rewrite and optimize the document, you use the Save As command. The default tools appearing in the Toolbar Well are only some of the many tools and toolbars you have available in Acrobat. In this tip, Ted Padova shows you how to open toolbars, add them to the Toolbar Well and demonstrates the use of the Save As command.

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Appending PDF Pages

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You might need to create a single PDF document from several documents already in PDF format. In this tip, Ted Padova teaches you to insert pages in the open document from files located on your hard drive.

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Converting an Image File to PDF

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In addition to using the Acrobat Distiller software, Acrobat can convert many file formats to PDF. In this tip, Author Ted Pavoda teaches you to use the Convert PDF From File command to convert image formatted files.

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Opening and Navigating a PDF Document

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Acrobat provides many means for page navigation and viewing. In this tip, author Ted Padova teaches you to set a zoom level and scroll through pages with tools located in the Toolbar Well and in the Status Bar.

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Converting a PostScript File to PDF

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One way to convert to PDF is to first print a PostScript file to disk, and then convert the PostScript file to PDF with Acrobat Distiller. In this tip, author Ted Padova describes how to use the Acrobat Distiller software to convert a PostScript file to PDF.

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