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Understanding the difference between Acrobat and Adobe Reader

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Video: Understanding the difference between Acrobat and Adobe Reader

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.

Understanding the difference between Acrobat and Adobe Reader

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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  1. 1m 4s
    1. Welcome
      22s
    2. Using the example files
      42s
  2. 56m 38s
    1. Getting started with Acrobat 9 Pro
      1m 40s
    2. Understanding the difference between Acrobat and Adobe Reader
      2m 22s
    3. Navigating PDF documents
      5m 24s
    4. Understanding the interface
      2m 22s
    5. Customizing the toolbars
      7m 14s
    6. Working with the navigation panels
      5m 13s
    7. Using the zoom tools
      7m 4s
    8. Understanding the window views
      6m 23s
    9. Using the Organizer
      8m 19s
    10. Auto-saving
      1m 43s
    11. Using the Full Screen and Reading modes
      8m 54s
  3. 1h 25m
    1. Creating a PDF from Word
      11m 10s
    2. Creating a PDF from Excel
      9m 40s
    3. Creating a PDF from PowerPoint
      9m 43s
    4. Creating a PDF from Outlook (Windows only)
      6m 28s
    5. Creating a PDF from the web
      9m 14s
    6. Creating a PDF from a file
      2m 56s
    7. Setting PDF file preferences
      2m 21s
    8. Creating a PDF from copied content
      2m 44s
    9. Creating a PDF from a scanner
      6m 50s
    10. Optimizing a scanned PDF
      4m 27s
    11. Creating a PDF from a blank page
      7m 17s
    12. Creating multiple PDFs in a batch
      3m 34s
    13. Creating PDFs from InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop
      8m 44s
  4. 57m 38s
    1. Combining documents
      5m 21s
    2. Creating a merged document
      6m 56s
    3. Creating a PDF Portfolio
      5m 26s
    4. Adding files or folders to a PDF Portfolio
      4m 13s
    5. Customizing PDF Portfolio options
      9m 3s
    6. Previewing native files in a PDF Portfolio
      5m 47s
    7. Searching in a PDF Portfolio
      4m 6s
    8. Running commands on a PDF Portfolio
      9m 31s
    9. Applying security to a PDF Portfolio
      5m 33s
    10. PDF Portfolios and previous versions of Acrobat or Adobe Reader
      1m 42s
  5. 2h 1m
    1. Inserting and deleting pages
      4m 48s
    2. Embedding and removing thumbnails
      2m 54s
    3. Moving, rotating, and cropping
      8m 28s
    4. Extracting and replacing pages
      5m 8s
    5. Splitting PDFs
      4m 12s
    6. Renumbering pages
      5m 21s
    7. Adding headers and footers
      8m 57s
    8. Creating watermarks and backgrounds
      10m 21s
    9. Copying content
      6m 57s
    10. Editing text
      10m 29s
    11. Adding text using the Typewriter tool
      6m 1s
    12. Touching up objects
      9m 34s
    13. Using Bates numbering
      8m 10s
    14. Comparing PDF documents
      8m 13s
    15. Setting document properties
      8m 54s
    16. Reducing file size
      4m 29s
    17. Examining a document
      4m 15s
    18. Attaching documents to a PDF
      4m 41s
  6. 25m 1s
    1. Understanding bookmarks
      2m 17s
    2. Creating bookmarks
      1m 30s
    3. Bookmarking specific items
      2m 14s
    4. Nesting bookmarks
      2m 1s
    5. Editing bookmark destinations
      4m 52s
    6. Bookmarking shortcuts
      4m 4s
    7. Bookmarking actions
      6m 37s
    8. Using the Bookmarks navigation panel and the Initial View setting
      1m 26s
  7. 33m 35s
    1. Using links
      3m 26s
    2. Creating links
      4m 42s
    3. Editing links
      12m 18s
    4. Using cross-document linking
      3m 54s
    5. Creating destination links
      6m 36s
    6. Using link shortcuts
      2m 39s
  8. 28m 52s
    1. Exporting images from a PDF
      8m 34s
    2. Exporting text from a PDF
      4m 23s
    3. Exporting to Word
      6m 55s
    4. Exporting to HTML
      5m 27s
    5. Batch-processing an export
      3m 33s
  9. 2h 4m
    1. Viewing comments
      8m 8s
    2. Adding sticky notes
      6m 18s
    3. Using the Text Edits tool
      4m 17s
    4. Using the Stamp tool
      6m 39s
    5. Using highlights, underlines, and strikethroughs
      3m 28s
    6. Attaching files as comments
      3m 5s
    7. Recording an audio comment
      3m 54s
    8. Using the drawing tools
      9m 37s
    9. Enabling commenting in Reader
      1m 54s
    10. Understanding the different review processes
      4m 34s
    11. Attaching a PDF for email review
      11m 44s
    12. Using the Shared Review feature
      16m 8s
    13. Reviewing via Acrobat.com
      12m 12s
    14. Using the Collaborate Live feature
      6m 29s
    15. Using the Review Tracker
      8m 6s
    16. Exporting and importing comments
      4m 32s
    17. Reviewing comments
      7m 7s
    18. Summarizing comments
      6m 10s
  10. 13m 29s
    1. Using Basic Find
      2m 45s
    2. Using Search
      6m 18s
    3. Advanced searching
      4m 26s
  11. 27m 1s
    1. Showing security properties for a PDF
      2m 25s
    2. Enabling Encrypt with Password security
      6m 13s
    3. Removing Encrypt with Password security
      2m 19s
    4. Managing security policies
      5m 57s
    5. Redacting
      10m 7s
  12. 18s
    1. Goodbye
      18s

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