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With Acrobat 9, Adobe continues to evolve the venerable PDF from a simple paperless document into a collaborative hub for many forms of digital communication. In Acrobat 9 Pro Essential Training, Brian Wood explores the many new and enhanced features in version 9 of Acrobat Standard, Acrobat Pro, and Acrobat Pro Extended. He demonstrates different ways to create and modify PDFs, including the enhanced OCR tool, and shows how to combine them with other files into a PDF Portfolio. Brian covers collaboration in detail, including the new Collaborate Live and Shared Review options. He also investigates redaction and other security features. Example files accompany the course.
When you first start working with Acrobat it's important to understand the difference between the Acrobat application and Adobe Reader. They are two separate things. Adobe Reader is a tool which allows you to view PDF files as well as some other functionality. Acrobat, the full program which comes in three different flavors or versions, Acrobat Standard, Acrobat Pro and Acrobat Pro Extended, allows you to do a lot more with the PDF including being able to edit the PDF file and more. Now when you work with Adobe Reader, which is installed on most machines, you have the ability to view a file as well as some other key features.
Adobe Reader 9 allows us to do different things including work with Acrobat.com. This is new technology. It's a server-based system which allows us to upload or share files as well as working with Acrobat Connect. There is actually a program now called ConnectNow, which is a simple way to be able to share your screen automatically. We can also create a Buzzword Document right from Reader, which is sort of like a Microsoft Word program available on the Internet that Adobe now has, as well as the ability to upload and share files. Most people think of it as a stripped-down tool to be able to read files and for the most part that's true.
But we can also save copies of files directly from here if there aren't things like restrictions for security measures. We can save as text and there are different things we can do with Reader. Acrobat, the full version, allows us to do a lot more. I'm going to switch over to Acrobat just to show you that. I'm currently in Acrobat Pro Extended, and once again, if you have Acrobat Pro or Acrobat Standard a lot of things we are going to be doing throughout this title you will be able to do as well. Acrobat Pro Extended, Standard and Pro allow you to do so much more than just preview or view the PDF file.
As you can see along the toolbars on the top we have the ability to create PDFs from multiple sources, combine different documents together into one single PDF file or more, collaborate with users using Acrobat.com, secure files- in case you don't want that data taken or copied, etcetera- digitally sign a file to be able to ensure that you're the one that has sent it, create forms in most of the versions. Standard Pro and Pro Extended. We can create what are called AcroForms, as well as some multimedia tools which are available in Pro as well as Pro Extended, and commenting on a file, to be able to send it back and forth to a co-worker and have them give you their feedback.
So now that you know the difference between Adobe Reader and the full version Acrobat, hopefully it will be easier to determine which program you need to go to to get what you need done.
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