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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.
Hey, that was fun, wasn't it? But wait, there is more. I want to thank you, first of all, for sticking with me, and for joining me in learning all about Adobe Acrobat X and Reader and Acrobat now. But I know that you probably have some questions. You know, I didn't get to touch on everything. This is an essentials title. And I didn't get to go as deeply into some aspects as I wanted to. So let me show you a few resources that you should know about if you're going to be using Acrobat a lot, or if you have more questions. So I've queued up a few of my favorite sites in Firefox.
First of all, you have to go to acrobatusers.com. This is a fantastic resource. It is definitely sponsored by Adobe, okay, so it's not completely independent--it's owned by Adobe--but they have so much information. They have so many video tutorials. They have such great blogs and forums. It's free to join. It is just one of the best sources for Acrobat information out there ever, all right? So check out Acrobatusers.com. Another wonderful place is right on Adobe's own forums. They are kind of buried, because they've redesigned their web site but check out the URL forums.adobe.com/community/Acrobat.
Go there and you are going to see all the different Acrobat forums that are available to you. You can see that there have been over 15,000 discussions just in the Windows section alone. And then if you go to those forums, you can see what people have posted, and how many responses they've received as well. So if you have a question about a problem, or where is a certain feature, how a certain feature works in Acrobat, this a great place to post it. This is not a policed or moderated by Adobe. This is actually a user to user forum, so other users are going to help you out with answers.
It's a wonderful place to learn all about the program, even if you don't have questions, is to see what other people are asking about and the answers to those. Then if you just search for PDF or Acrobat, seriously, on Goggle, you are going to come up with so many hits. Because PDF is the standard file format for printing, for example, there are a ton of print-specific blogs and web sites to newsletters that cover a lot of PDF stuff. Here is just one example. This is planet PDF. These people have been around forever. They have three main divisions: they have Enterprise and Government, Creative and Print, and Developer.
So like here in the Enterprise and Government, it's all about the Section 508, who owns PDF, how to convert and combine different file types in Acrobat. You can see that in Creative and Print, there is a ton of information about using PDF standards for printing and print production, and why is PDF to Word conversion so hard to do? I guess they haven't checked out Acrobat X yet. Then there are blogs just about Acrobat. Like the official, the big one is the Adobe Acrobat blog. Right now, Max is happening in Los Angeles, where they are showing Acrobat X publicly for the first time.
But you see lots of videos, and you can actually reply to the people who are posting. The best part about blog is that you can actually have a conversation with the person who is writing. And then one of my favorite blogs is Acrobat for Legal Professionals, even though I'm not in the legal field. Rick Borstein has been with Adobe for a long time. He is a good friend of mine. And he has fantastic tips for people who are using Acrobat in the legal profession, so lots of things that I've learned too. So, like I learned all about PDF/A from reading Rick Borstein's blog posts, and lots of good stuff on redaction.
It's a wonderful web site. You should check it out. That's Acrobat for Legal Professionals. So I urge you, don't stop here. What I covered here was just sort of like maybe a little below the tip of the iceberg, but there is a lot more information to help Acrobat users, no matter what you're using it for. So, please, investigate some of these web sites, and let me know about the ones that you like. Be sure to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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