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By Garrick Chow | Thursday, May 15, 2014

Sign a PDF Document with Your Webcam

Sign a PDF form with your webcam

It’s Small Business Week, and we have a handy tip for small business owners—who have to approve and sign a multitude of forms, invoices, and documents throughout any week. More often than not these days, forms are transmitted electronically; lots of people still sign these forms by printing out a copy, signing it with a pen, scanning it, and then emailing the scan back to the sender.

But there are easier ways.

By David Blatner | Thursday, April 10, 2014

Reduce Your PDF File Size

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Ever export a PDF from InDesign and end up with a much larger file than you expected? Why are PDFs sometimes so much larger than they need to be?

By Jess Stratton | Monday, March 03, 2014

Sign a PDF in Acrobat: Monday Productivity Pointers

Today marks a new direction for Monday Productivity Pointers. Instead of two videos each week (one free and one exclusively for members), we’ll be releasing just one video per week going forward. It will be free to everyone for a week at lynda.com; after that it will be available for members only.

By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, September 19, 2013

Updating a PDF document: InDesign Secrets

Update a PDF without Acrobat

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Many PDFs that begin their lives in Adobe InDesign are later sent to Acrobat, where they are given calculated fields, buttons, bookmarks, and other special features. If, at some point in the document’s life cycle, you need to update the text, an image, or another design element in InDesign—do you have to rebuild the document in Acrobat all over again? Not if you know this week’s InDesign secret! Anne-Marie Concepciòn introduces a little known Acrobat command called Replace, which allows you to refresh the design layer without messing with the interactive features. Learn how this trick works in this week’s free video.

By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, August 08, 2013

Convert footnotes to endnotes with one easy script: InDesign Secrets

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Adobe InDesign does footnotes well. Endnotes? Not so well—not at all, in fact. Anne-Marie Concepción has the solution for you in this week’s InDesign Secrets: a free script that converts footnotes to endnotes. It actually changes footnotes to styled cross-references at the end of your story, and reflows the text. The links to the cross-referenced destinations stay active when you export to the PDF and EPUB formats, too. (Be aware that these endnotes do not renumber when you add new entries, so it’s best to run the script after you have entered all of your footnotes.) Find out where to download the free script in this week’s free video.

By James Fritz | Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Creating interactive documents with InDesign

InDesign is best known for its print abilities, but over the years it has added a variety of interactive features. While InDesign CS4 was limited to mostly buttons and basic links, CS5 added animation and SWF interactivity. Now with the release of InDesign CS6 and the Adobe Digital Publishing Suite, InDesign is fully able to publish interactivity directly to tablets including the iPad. To get a better idea of what InDesign can do, lets take a look at four tutorials that really showcase the breadth and depth of what creating interactive digital documents with InDesign is all about.

1. Exploring trends in digital designChapter one of Mike Rankin‘s InDesign CS6: Interactive Documentscourse begins by sharing some of the design trends that showcase the wide variety of ways in which we can share our messages via digital technology. These examples include interactive PDFs, digital books, responsive web sites and even digital magazines. In the movie below, Mike explains how a talented designer created an interactive keyboard shortcut guide primarily using InDesign CS5.

2. Interactive PDFsWhen you hear PDF, you might think print. While PDFs may be a primary resource in the world of print, there really is a lot of that you can accomplish with interactive digital PDFs as well. In the past it was mandatory for you to do serious modifications in Acrobat Pro in order to get the interactive results you wanted. Finally, with the release of InDesign CS6, most of the PDF creation process can be done completely inside the InDesign software. In chapters four through six of InDesign CS6: Interactive DocumentsMike walks you step-by-step though PDF projects including presentations, catalogs, and PDF forms. In this video from chapter six of the course, Mike shows you how to make an interactive PDF document with checkboxes that can be turned on or off.

3. AnimationMoving beyond static layouts is easy when you use InDesign’s animation tools. In chapter seven of InDesign CS6: Interactive Documents, Mike walks you through the steps necessary to create your very own interactive portfolio or presentation with animation and page transitions. The movie below specifically covers the steps necessary to control the timing of animations in a bulled list.

4. Adobe Digital Publishing SuiteOne of the biggest developments of the last few years has been the release of Apple’s iPad. Soon after the tablet’s release Adobe put together a series of plug-ins called the Adobe Digital Publishing Suite which provide the ability for designers to transform their InDesign layouts into interactive applications for the iPad and other tablets. The final few chapters of the InDesign CS6: Interactive Documents course cover the basic steps needed to create your first interactive magazine for tablets. In this movie from chapter eight of the course, Mike shows you specifically how to use the Web Content Overlay option to add a Google Map to your webpage.

Interested in More?• The complete InDesign CS4: Interactive Documents and Presentationscourse on lynda.com • All courses from Mike Rankin on lynda.com • All InDesign courses on lynda.com

Suggested courses to watch next:• InDesign CS5: Interactive Documents and Presentations• InDesign CS5.5 to EPUB, Kindle, and iPad• Up and Running with Adobe Digital Publishing Suite

By Jolie Miller | Friday, November 04, 2011

Creating accessible PDF documents

In a May 2010 report, the U.S. Census Bureau disclosed that there are 1.8 million people age 15 and older who can’t see printed words, and 1 million who are unable to hear a conversation.

With discussions about Section 508 compliance heating up and questions about accessibility trickling down, we have an unprecedented need to use today’s technology tools to create truly accessible content. Perhaps you need to know how to create accessible documents or movies for your students, or maybe you do business with an entity that requires accessibility compliance.

We’re planning a course to help you create accessible PDF documents using Adobe Acrobat. We’d like to hear what topics interest you most as you approach accessibility with your PDF documents. Please rate the importance of each topic on our 1-5 scale, with 1 being most important and 5 being least important. [poll id="22"]

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