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In this lesson we're going to look at how we can share a project using Acrobat.com. We're going to be using the Chapter 14 store_b file that we developed earlier in this chapter. If you don't have it open, please open it now. I'd like to share this file with another person. I could pack it all up, burn it on a DVD and mail it to them. I could try to get all the pieces together and put it on an FTP site and hope that they can find it, or I could use Acrobat.com and let Captivate do all the heavy lifting.
Let's take option 3. From the File menu choose Collaborate and Share Files on Acrobat.com. You need to have an Adobe ID in order to share files on Acrobat.com. If you don't have an Adobe ID you can create one now by clicking this link here. I have an Adobe ID and so I'm going to use it now.
Click Sign In to sign into Acrobat.com. Captivate automatically picks the name of the file to be the same as your project. This makes good sense and makes it easy to find later. You can determine what you want to publish now. You can upload a SWF file, a PDF file, the Captivate file, or any combination of the three. Right now, I'd like to upload a Captivate file and a PDF file. In addition, I'm going to zip those two things together to build a single package that's easy to download later.
Having made those choices, we'll move on by clicking Next. I need someone that I'm going to send this file to. Right now I'm going to send it to myself. So I'll move my email address from the Cc line up to the To line. Captivate automatically builds an email for you. You can change the message by typing any message you want here. Captivate will automatically put a link to the file in the email message regardless of what you type. I'm satisfied with this brief message, so I'll click Send.
If my project is not in a saved state, it will ask me to save. I indeed do want to save before I publish the project. The publishing process can take a little bit of time depending on the size of your project. It can also be dependent on the type of file that you're publishing. In this case, you're publishing a PDF as well as our Captivate file, so Captivate must build that PDF and then inject it up into Acrobat.com. Captivate is now completed the process of uploading our files to Acrobat.com. That email message that was sent contains a link to the file which means it's very easy to simply click on the link and get the file.
Let's save our project now as Chapter 14 store_c. Sharing files using Acrobat.com is a convenient way for you to collaborate with other people outside of your network. In addition, you can use it to share a PDF file or SWF file without having to share the original Captivate file. That's great flexibility when collaborating with other people.
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