How to Distribute and Collect PDF Forms

Forms are part of everything these days. PDF forms provide an easy workflow so that the data collected is complete and re-usable. Adobe Reader users can participate too with the Enable Usage Rights feature in Acrobat 8.Whether educators create worksheets and quizzes for the classroom or surveys and resource forms for the department, Acrobat enables...
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Acrobat X TouchUp Fixed on Mac

If you haven’t already, download the 10.1 update for Acrobat X on the Mac. Now you can use the TouchUp Object tool to edit images and vector content. Have no idea why this was broken when Acrobat X shipped (see my earlier post here). But it’s all better now. You may commence to fixing all...
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Positive Lookbehind – GREP for Designers

This is the third in a series of blog-posts about GREP, written after speaking at the Perth InDesign User Group. My speaker notes are also available: What is GREP? (2.4Mb PDF download). In the previous two posts I briefly introduced GREP, and we took a look at Positive Lookahead and Negative Lookahead. In this post...
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Adding Movies to PDF Lesson Packs

Integrating Rich Media with Adobe PDF documents provides educators and students with a seamless experience for using movies, Flash files, or audio files for learning. This media can be embedded in the document or streamed from a server making it a truly flexible medium for learning.These asset files and instructions can be downloaded along with...
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Negative Lookbehind – GREP for Designers

This is the fourth and final blog-posts in a series of posts on lookaheads and lookbehinds in GREP, written after speaking at the Perth InDesign User Group. My speaker notes are also available: What is GREP? (PDF download) (2.4Mb). In the previous three posts I briefly introduced GREP, and we took a look at Positive...
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Movies on Demand with PDF Lesson Packs

Movies and rich media do not have to be frozen in one location in a PDF-based activity. This episode shows how to reference a movie and then control it to play from anywhere in the file. Remember, media can be embedded in the document or streamed from a server making it a truly flexible medium...
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InDesign: Facing pages with odd-numbered left pages

Back in 2004 I wrote a tip for InDesign CS on how you could have the first page of your document be a left page AND have it start with page number 1. It’s hard to believe this is almost a decade ago… But a recent question on Facebook, made me think I should really...
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Creating PDF Worksheets from Scratch

Acrobat 8 has a new Create PDF from Blank Page feature that gives authors text creation and the ability to assemble a fully functional PDF for all types of activities. Students can then use this for quick note taking without ever needing to leave the Acrobat applicationAdobe Reader participants can comment, fill, save, and even...
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New InDesign Extension – Find/Change Attributes

The Find/Change Attributes extension allows you to load formatting attributes from selected text into InDesign's Find/Change dialog box. That's a handy feature to have for a range of production scenarios, but for me in particular it's something I use a lot when cleaning up supplied InDesign files prior to EPUB conversion. Cari Jansen - Training,...
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Acrobat X: Creating Forms Now On DVD

My Lynda.com title “Acrobat X: Creating Forms” is now available on DVD. Now you can watch it anywhere — great fun at parties! Here’s the product information. It’s an extensive course on creating interactive forms in Acrobat, with information on designing form artwork in Word, Illustrator, and InDesign, all the way to performing calculations in...
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Deke’s Techniques 340: Select Focus Area and Pseudo Engraving

In this week's free Deke's Techniques episode, Deke takes a photo of his friend (lynda.com director Scott Erickson), isolates the portrait from its out-of-focus background, and applies an engraving effect that results in currency suitable for Scott to use to start his own country. He was thinking of calling it Scottland...
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Why Kerning Is Important

Recently, I was out with a group of InDesign geek friends (yes, we travel in packs) having drinks after a day-long seminar. Mind you, this is a group of some of the brightest — and funniest — guys I know. We’d had a few rounds of debilitating laughter already, so we were primed to laugh...
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Do the Impossible: Create and Animate an Optical Illusion

My dear dekeItarians. Check out the welcome movie to Deke's new course. It will bend your brain.In this latest Designs dekeConstructed course from lynda.com---Designs dekeConstructed: Animating a Mind-Bending Illusion---Deke shows you how to not only create a Penrose triangle (think of the works of M.C. Esher or a 3D mobius-like strip with three corners) but...
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Holy Crop! How to REALLY crop a PDF

NOTE: Please read the comments, as well as my “Later Notes” at the end of this post. While this post and the solutions offered by commenters all provide improved methods for cropping PDFs, there are still some catches. =========================== If you’ve ever used the Crop tool in Acrobat, you’ve probably discovered that it doesn’t really...
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Creative Cloud: Some Thoughts on Cumulus Adobus

On Monday, May 6th, in the AdobeMAX keynote prefaced (somewhat ominously) by a driving instrumental snippet from the Allman Brothers’ “Whipping Post,” Adobe announced that the next versions of its creative tools will be designated “CC” — and will be available only via Creative Cloud subscriptions. This means the end of perpetual (conventional) licenses. Adobe...
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