Join Chad Chelius for an in-depth discussion in this video Getting to know the Acrobat X interface, part of Learning Acrobat X.
With each new version of Adobe Acrobat that is released, it seems that they change the workspace in each version. Fortunately, I think that the change in Acrobat 10 is for the better. The workspace defines the working environment in Acrobat 10, and the components that make up that environment. In this video, I'd like to show you the different components of the workspace. Where each is located, and how each one is used. I'm going to begin by launching Adobe Acrobat 10 on my computer. I'm running a Windows platform, so I'm going to go to the Start menu, and I'm simply going to choose Adobe Acrobat 10 from the list.
You'll also notice that if you purchased Acrobat 10 as part of another product, you may need to find it under one of these subcategories, such as Adobe Design Premium or another Creative Suite product. You can also simply do a search for Acrobat 10 down here, and you'll be able to pick it from the list. So, I'm going to click Acrobat 10 Pro, and that's going to open the application on my computer. Now is a good time to mention that throughout this video workshop, I'm going to be using Acrobat 10 Pro for Windows. Now, if you're running a Mac platform, that's fine. But I should point out that there are some features available in Acrobat 10 Pro for Windows that are unavailable on the Mac platform. So, now that my document window is open, I'm going to come up here and click on the Maximize button so that the interface fills my entire screen. The first component of the workspace that I want to mention is displayed right here in the middle of my screen, and is referred to as the Welcome screen. As it's name implies, it's a quick long launchpad where I can perform certain tasks that are very quick and easy to access from this window. For example, on the left side of the interface, I can open a recent file and you can see that right now I only have one object listed in this list. In addition, on the right-hand side in the Getting Started section, I can perform tasks that are commonly used inside of Acrobat 10, such as creating a PDF, creating PDF portfolio, combining files into a single PDF and creating a PDF form on online form as well.
And also, sharing files using the new Send Now feature in Acrobat 10. To begin, I'm going to open a file on my computer. So, I'm going to use my Welcome screen, and I'm going to click the Open button, and I'm going to navigate to my Project Files folder inside of the Interface folder. And I'm simply going to select the Acrobat Family Comparison file, and I'm going to click on the Open button. This is going to display a document on my computer and it's going to open the document within the Acrobat 10 interface.
The reason I'm opening a file is because there are certain parts of the interface that are not displayed unless I have a document open. So, first and foremost, I'm going to direct you up here to the top of our screen where we have what's called our menu bar. Now, the menu bar is where we can perform specific tasks that are found inside of each one of these menus. Now, if you've used a previous version of Acrobat, you're going to notice that there are far fewer menus available inside of Acrobat 10 than there were in previous versions.
That's fine because what happened is they changed the interface so that other options are available within different components inside of Acrobat 10. The second section I want to show you is what's called the toolbars. As you could see, my toolbars are displayed right below the menu bar. And there are buttons that are displayed which can be customized that allow me to perform specific tasks. As you can see, right here is my Open button. I have my Save button print as well as email.
The next section I want to direct you to is what's called the Navigation Pane. This is found along the left side of the program interface. And if I click on this first button, it will expand to show me the page thumbnails within the page Thumbnails Pane. If I click on the second button, which is my Bookmarks buttons, it's going to show me any bookmarks that might be available within the PDF file. There are many navigation panes that can be added to the section here, and they can be quickly accessed by simply clicking on each button within the Navigation Pane. Once a pane is expanded, it can be quickly closed by either clicking the button or by clicking this button over here to collapse the Navigation Pane. The main section where our document is displayed is referred to as the Document Pane.
And as you can see, the PDF file that I have open right now is being displayed in this main section of the Document Pane. Last but certainly not least, is this new section that is displayed in the right-hand side of my toolbars, and these are referred to as my Task Panes. This is where I was saying that each one of these Task Panes can be clicked on and displays options available within these different categories. As I said before, many of the options that used to be available inside of these menu bars are now displayed inside of these Task Panes, and this makes it very easy for us to access these different sections.
You can see within the tools category, I have my Pages category. I'm just clicking on the triangle to the left to display the options available within that category. And within this category, I can access the different options related to that category. I also have Comment, and I have Share as well. All three of these categories can also be displayed by coming up here to my View menu. And you can see that I have the tools, Comment and Share categories that are available up here as well. So, if you feel more comfortable using your menus versus the Task Panes, you can certainly do so right up here.
So, if I come down to the tools category and I choose the Document Processing section, it automatically opens up that category. I'm going to go ahead and click on the tools button again to collapse that Task Pane. As you've seen in this video, Acrobat 10 has a simplified interface that will make it easier for you to access the tools that you need in a quick and easy manner. After spending a little bit of time getting familiar with the interface, you'll be ready to begin working efficiently with your PDF files.
- Customizing Acrobat X
- Navigating and searching a PDF
- Creating a PDF from the Microsoft Office applications
- Creating a PDF from other applications
- Creating a PDF from a scanner, web page, or file
- Adding a watermark, header, or footer
- Basic PDF editing
- Combining multiple files into a single PDF
- Collaborating and sharing
- PDF security
- Working with PDF forms