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The handouts & presentations

The workshop handout
Acrobat 7
(n.b, Most of the content in this handout is still accurate for version 8 and 9 although some of the menu items and toolbars have changed.)

Acrobat 7 for Windows includes a new application, Adobe LiveCycle Designer that creates Acrobat forms from scratch and allows editing of form fields and all other text in a form and may include form functions that aren’t available in Acrobat. Forms can still be created and edited in Acrobat in the manner for previous versions. This handout is only for creating forms in Acrobat and does not include directions for Designer.
Acrobat 6 (1.3MB)
Acrobat 5 (998K)
Includes step by step instructions for creating acrobat files, modifying acrobat files, creating forms, and submitting forms data with the full version of Adobe Acrobat.

Distributing and compiling data from forms. (1.5 MB) Version 9 has new features which allow filled-in forms to be saved with the free Adobe Reader, have those forms returned, and compile the data from the forms.

The files referenced in the workshop handout. This is a zip archive. You'll need a zip utility like WinZip or MacZip to unzip this file.

The handouts are in Adobe Acrobat format. You will need to download and install the Adobe Acrobat Reader in order to read them.You can download it free from Adobe.

The examples

Forms

The pdf with fields that can be filled in on screen.(216K)

The pdf document before form fields were created.(172K)

If you have the original file

The following files were created from a one page Word document (156 K) that included 5 fonts not available to the average user, a photo image, a screen shot and an object oriented graphic. The type and object oriented graphic are scalable in all of them, but the font substitution in the without fonts example and lower resolution of the images in the screen settings version may be apparent.

ebooks settings (196 K) It's also the first page of the handout.
ebook settings without fonts (116K) Acrobat will use it's substitution fonts to closely maintain the original formatting.
screen settings (172K)

The following file was created from a 3 page word document (84K) with just text.

ebook settings (104K)

The following file was created from the same 3 page word document (84K) with just text, but which used fonts not installed on the average users computer which were not included with the document. Acrobat will use it's substitution fonts to closely maintain the original formatting.

ebook settings (20K)

If you only have a printed document

The following files were created from a scanned page which includes a photograph, type and a diagram. They were created by printing to Acrobat Distiller rather than just saving in Acrobat.

ebook settings with 24 bit, 125 dpi scan (152K)
screen settings with 24 bit, 125 dpi scan (72K)

ebook settings with 24 bit, 125 dpi scan but with minimum quality JPEG compression (80K)
ebook settings with black and white 1 bit, 300 dpi scan (420K )

The following file was created from a scanned page which only had black text and lots of white space.

ebook settings with black and white 1 bit, 300 dpi scan (60K )