The Barnes & Noble Review
As Adobe increasingly drives Acrobat into the enterprise, many business professionals are creating Acrobat documents for the first time. Even longtime Acrobat users will find plenty that’s new in Acrobat 6.0. Whatever category you’re in, this book offers quick solutions for your day-to-day tasks -- and clues you in to features you never knew were there.
Doug Sahlin begins with an overview of the (revamped) Acrobat interface, with special attention to new features. For instance: new tools for reflowing document structure without changing content; improved import/export for repurposing PDF content; and new commands for adding headers/footers and watermarks. Next, you’ll drill down into the meat-and-potatoes tasks associated with creating PDF documents from sources ranging from Word to web pages and scanned documents.
Sahlin then turns to Acrobat 6.0’s improved PDF editing features -- including adding, cropping, and replacing pages; annotations; managing reviews with the new Review Tracker; and adding basic navigation. There’s a full section on PDF security and distribution, including password protection, Digital IDs, and Trusted Identities -- features that make it far easier to safeguard documents against unauthorized access.
There’s also a full section on Professional’s high-end features. You’ll learn how to create your own sophisticated PDF forms, complete with radio buttons, list boxes, input validation, and other goodies. There’s a full chapter on using Acrobat Catalog to create searchable indexes of your PDFs. Sahlin even shows you how to add multimedia elements such as sound files, video files, and Flash SWF movies to your PDFs. Nope, this ain’t your grandfather’s Acrobat. Bill Camarda
Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks for Dummies, Second Edition.