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Adobe Acrobat 5 is used primarily for the creation of PDF files for CD and on the Web, although it has a lot of other features. If you want to create a file (or scanned material) for use by others who don't have your application or fonts, then Acrobat is used to create the PDF file (Portable Document Format). Using Acrobat Reader (a free application), anyone can view your document just the way you created it. In this Virtual Training Company tutorial, author Andrew Hathaway begins by explaining the components and interface of Acrobat 5. He then moves to teaching you how to create PDF files, as well as editing, selecting, and many other features of this application.
Hello and welcome to Virtual Training Company's training CD on Adobe Acrobat 5,the electronic publishing software. If you like to know more about other Virtual Training Company titles, I recommend that you go visit their website at www.vtco.com and check out the extensive list of training titles on other software and software solutions. My name is Andrew Hathaway and I will be your trainer for the next several set of movies on Adobe Acrobat 5. You might remember me from such other training CDs as Adobe Photoshop 6 and Painter 4, 5 and 6. Just a little bit about some of the limitations of this training CD. My screen is limited to 800 by 600 pixels which is rather small in the real world and, I am also limited to a limited color palette up to 256 colors, again somewhat unrealistic. And the reason this is, is in order to contain the data rate so that we can put a lot of training content on one cd as well as optimize it for streaming over the World Wide Web. So the screen limitations aren't really realistic in the way people would really use or configure their computer. But it's unlimited to for this training and I don't think it will really be a problem. This is a graphic that comes with adobe acrobat 5 and I think it's a pretty descriptive graphic of what's going on. If you see the man is juggling all these items and from left to right - on the far left he has a graph and a picture. And then there is a big letter A indicating text. You put it all together and above him directly you have some documents, which have the graph, and the picture in the text all managed together. This indicates a traditional publishing environment. And then the next step of course is sending it to the world - and you can see the arrow pointing to the world. And that's really what adobe acrobat 5 does is it optimizes your files that you've designed for publishing. To be published as an electronic document and you can of course publish that on World Wide Web. Or simply include that as an attachment in e-mail or whatever you need. And beauty of course of acrobat 5 is that these documents look exactly like they would as a printed document. So Acrobat 5, I term as a publishing utility for the 21st century. And when I say utility I don't mean a small helpful little program I really mean utility in the sense that your electric company that provides electricity to you is the utility. We really couldn't live without this utility. And of course it is designed for publishing. Again publishing in the 21st century has less to do about printing out on paper, than managing your ideas. And transmitting them in the most efficient way and very often these days that means using the World Wide Web. Or electronic means of transmission but acrobat is just as adept at containing information and designing it for the printed page as you will see in these movies. So what does acrobat 5 do and what are some of its strengths? It creates documents which retain their formatting regardless of the computer platform - well more accurately acrobat does not create documents, but I would say that it translates documents you have created in a publishing software such as Quark Express, or Pagemaker or even adobe illustrator or Photoshop or even Microsoft word. However you generate the content is really not the issue - what acrobat does is it translates that content into a pdf file. And that stands for portable document format - it's a very easy to access file format that is available to any computer platform if you have the appropriate acrobat reader, which of course is available for free from adobe and is also freely distributable. So there is a type of reader for every computer platform and what acrobat software does is it generates the pdf file format which can be read on any platform; and as I mentioned it maintains the look and feel of the document. Another great feature of acrobat is it compresses the file size of your document For easy transmission over the Internet or as an attached email document. Acrobat allows for a collaborative work environment by giving you excellent tools for marking up and commenting on a document. So many people could be involved in the creation of a publication without actually having to receive a printed out document. And this way we can mark up a document and collect all the comments and have the designer incorporate these comments and their revisions of the design. All via Internet or email so it can be done remotely - it can have people in different countries commenting practically in real time on your document. Finally acrobat also has excellent security features from simply securing a document so that you can read it but not print it, all the way to having only certain people be able to actually view the document. Also acrobat supports third party plug-ins especially security plug-ins so it's a tremendous collection of features and tools and designed for a vast array of publishing and marking up features and tools. ty plug-ins especially security plug-ins so it's a tremendous collection of features and tools and designed for a vast array of publishing and marking up features and tools.
- Course: Adobe Acrobat 5
- Author: Andrew J. Hathaway
- SKU: 33249
- ISBN: 1930519850
- Work Files: Yes
- Captions: For Online University members only
- Subject: Graphics & Page Layout
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