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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.
A big feature of Actions is that you can share Actions with each other. Now of course, everybody has the default Actions, so there is no point in sharing those Actions. But if you've created your own Action, it's really easy to export it and then to tell people how to import it. Let's do that right now. We're looking at a document in which I have just run my own custom Action called Add Draft Watermark. As you can see there is a Draft Watermark on here. And let's say that I want to put this on the office server, so that the other people with Acrobat can import it into their own installation of Acrobat.
Because these custom Actions are not saved with the document, they are saved with the user's installation of Acrobat, so it's in your user account. To export and to import your custom Actions, you want to use the Edit Actions dialog box, where you will find the friendly Export and Import. So all we want you to do is select Add Draft Watermark-- that's the name of our custom Action--and choose Export. Actions have a file extension of SEQU for Sequence, because that's really what they are.
I'll just leave the file name as is, Add Draft Watermark.sequ. That's all. Then you can go to your e-mail program, and you can attach that sequence file to it and e-mail it to somebody. Or you can drag and drop it on to your server, or like I said earlier, sell it on Craiglist for $10,000: "The world's most perfect Action for Acrobat X!" Let's import one that I created. So I'm going to click Import. I have one that I created called Remove Watermark. How handy! It's exactly what I need. Here it is.
It gets added, and now I'll close it. Now if I wanted to, I could take a look at it, by choosing Edit Actions and clicking Edit, just to double-check what it does. Looks pretty simple. Close and let's run it. So I'll click Remove Watermark. It reminds us what it does. Done. So simple! Kind of a pain over here though, is that you notice how it now says More Actions, because I added one more action that could fit. So if you start running out of this vertical real estate, all of the other Actions appear down here.
You can't really sort them or anything like that. The ones that you used most recently appear toward the top, so they're in chronological order. But that's how you import and export Actions--really simple to do. Now what you should keep in mind is that there's going to be a hotbed of Action activity. In fact, AcrobatUsers.com has already set up a page for the Actions exchange. So it's not quite ready yet, but by the time you're watching this video, hopefully there will be a bunch up there. Go to AcrobatUsers.com/actions- exchange, and check it out for yourself.
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