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Lesson 1. Introducing Adobe Acrobat > Looking at some examples

Looking at some examples

Publishing your document electronically is a flexible way to distribute information. Using PDF, you can create documents for printing, for multimedia presentations, or for distribution on a CD or over a network. In this lesson, you'll take a look at some electronic document examples designed for printing on paper and for online reading.

Start Acrobat.

Choose File > Open. Select Introduc.pdf in the Lesson01 folder, located inside the Lessons folder within the AA4_CIB folder on your hard drive, and click Open. If necessary, use the scroll bars to bring the bottom part of the page into view.

The previews in this document are links to the corresponding electronic documents. The top three previews link to documents designed to be both distributed and viewed electronically; the bottom three previews link to documents intended to be distributed online, but printed out for viewing purposes.

Click the Schedule preview in the bottom row to open the corresponding PDF file.

This document is a work schedule that has been converted to PDF for easy electronic distribution.

Look at the status bar at the bottom of the document window. Notice that the page size is a standard 8-1/2-by-11 inches, a suitable size for printing on a desktop printer.

You might glance at the schedule online, but you'd also want to print out a hard-copy version for handy reference.

Click the Go to Previous View button () in the command bar to return to the previews in the Introduc.pdf document.

Another example of a publication designed for printing is the Documentation file. Thistext-intensive document is much easier to read in printed format rather than online.

Click the Documentation preview in the bottom row to look at the file, and then click the Go to Previous View button to return to the previews.

Click the Slide Show preview in the top row to open that document.

This document is a marketing presentation designed to be shown and viewed exclusively on-screen. Notice that the presentation opens in Full Screen mode to occupy all available space on the monitor.

Press Enter or Return several times to page through the presentation. Notice that the colorful graphics, large type size, and horizontal page layout have been designed for optimal display on a monitor.

The Full Screen preference settings let you control how pages display in this mode. Forexample, you can have a full-screen document with each page displayed automatically after a certain number of seconds. Lesson 15, "Enhancing a Multimedia Project," covers how to set up a document for automatic full-screen display.

Press the Escape key to exit Full Screen mode.

Click the Go to Previous View button until you return to the previews in the Introduc.pdf document.

An online help publication or an electronic catalog are further examples of documents for which on-screen viewing is suitable and even preferred. Electronic publishing offers intuitive navigational features, such as hypertext links, which are well suited for publications meant to be browsed or used as quick reference guides.



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