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In Acrobat X Essential Training, author Anne-Marie Concepción demonstrates how to create, modify, review, and share PDFs in Adobe Acrobat X Standard or Pro. Starting with a tour of the new panels-based interface, the course covers the basics of the software, such as creating and customizing PDFs, searching, editing text and graphics, and extracting PDF content to use in other programs. Also included are tutorials on creating forms, inserting interactivity and rich media, using the prepress tools, combining PDFs with other types of files to create customized portfolios, and ensuring document security. Exercise files accompany the course.
One of the breakthrough new features in Adobe Reader X is the ability to add a couple of different kinds of comments to a PDF, and then to save your comments to the PDF. Now before Adobe Reader X, in previous versions of Reader, you didn't even have a Save command. You had no commenting tools. All you could do with Reader was look at something, which is perfectly fine. But I guess enough people have complained to Adobe that they would like to at least be able to mark up a PDF without having to buy the full Acrobat program, that they went ahead and said, "You know what? That's a good idea." So you will see, in your toolbar in Reader X, that you have commenting tools at the top.
Then you also have a Comment pane over here on the right. This PDF that I've included in the exercise files already has a couple of comments. The two kinds of comments tools that you have are the Highlighted Text tool, which I used down here. Let me zoom in. I'm going to press Command+Plus or Ctrl+Plus a little bit. And somebody, the reader of this--Anne-Marie, whoever that might be--selected this text with the Highlight text tool and then added the comment, "Shouldn't this be 'one-trick' (with a hyphen)." Who knows if that's right or not? And then, also added a little balloon over here.
If I click it once, you can see the little pop-up appear with the contents of this comment. Now this might be incorrect, but the beauty of the whole thing is that Anne-Marie was able to actually add comments. So in other words, it could just be some random member of this group who downloaded the PDF from the group's web site, and had an issue with something in the content. Instead of having to call out their e-mail program and say, "On the cover, in the second column, at the beginning of the second paragraph, when you say blahdy blah, it should be blahdy blah." They can just add the comment directly to the PDF. That's fantastic.
Now if you open up the Comment pane on the right, you'll see a list of your comments. You might need a second to refresh. You'll see all the comments listed here. You can actually do a find for comments. If you have a lot of them, you can start typing in like, did she say c3 anywhere. It's like a live filter. So it just shows that one right there. You have a lot of features on the right for finding and sorting. You should watch the chapter on commenting that I did for Acrobat, and because a lot of this stuff that I talk about that happens in Comments List here in Acrobat also applies to the Reader user.
So now I can actually save this document. I can go to File > Save As > PDF. I can call this the newsletter, and then add my initials after it, then send it off to the publisher the newsletter and say, "Hey, I found a few typos," or I could send it to somebody else who needs to review a PDF. I mean it could just be that I'm a client of somebody who is creating a newsletter, and my designer sent it to me, and then I am going to write some comments. I don't have to buy the full-blown Acrobat program anymore in order to add those comments.
Then I might send it to somebody else, like the writer of this article, who would add his own comments. Even if he has Reader, he can go ahead and see my comments, and add his comments, and so on, because now we can all save the comments that we add. It's a great new feature for Reader X.
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