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Chapter 9. Adding Multimedia to PDFs > Creating a Slide Show with Acrobat

Creating a Slide Show with Acrobat

One of the less-known features of Acrobat is its capacity to create a slide-show presentation. What is really fantastic about using Acrobat to do a presentation is that you can send it to anyone via the Internet. I like to create slide shows of my artwork so that I have a visual gallery for reference. You can create an art gallery, photo gallery, or business presentation with charts, graphs, and other features.

To create a gallery slide show with Acrobat:

Choose the documents you want to display in the slide show, and convert them to PDF documents (if necessary) or to any of the graphic-file formats that Acrobat can import.

You can import BMP, GIF, JPEG, PCX, PICT, PNG, and TIFF files into Acrobat.

Open the first PDF file in Acrobat.

Choose Insert Pages from the Document menu (Ctrl+Shift+I/Command-Shift-I).

The Select File to Insert dialog box appears.

Choose the next graphic file, and click Select (Figure 9.14).

Figure 9.14. Choose files to display in the slide show.

The Insert Pages dialog box appears.

Choose the page relative to which you want to insert the new page, and choose a relative Location (After or Before) from the pop-up menu (Figure 9.15). Click OK.

Figure 9.15. The Insert Pages dialog box asks you to designate a spot for the inserted files.

Repeat steps 2 through 5 until all the art pages are in one document.

Choose Save As from the File menu to open the Save As dialog box.

Enter a name for the gallery file, and click Save (Figure 9.16).

Figure 9.16. When all the pages are together in one file, name and save that file as a PDF.

Choose Edit > Preferences > General (Ctrl+K/Command-K).

The Preferences dialog box appears.

Choose Full Screen in the list on the left side of the dialog box.

In the Full Screen Navigation section, check the Advance Every x Seconds check box and type a value in the text box (Figure 9.17).

Figure 9.17. The Preferences dialog box lets you choose screen advance options and transition effects, among other things.

You can also choose how users can advance the slides and what will happen at the end of the presentation.

In the Full Screen Appearance section, choose a transition style from the Default Transition pop-up menu.

From the Mouse Cursor pop-up menu, choose Always Visible, Always Hidden, or Hidden After Delay to specify how you want the mouse pointer to appear.

Choose the a background color and a monitor setting from the appropriate pop-up menus. Click OK.

Choose File > Document Properties > Open Options.

The Document Open Options dialog box appears.

In the Window Options section, check the Open in Full Screen Mode check box. Click OK (Figure 9.18).

Figure 9.18. Choose to open the document in Full Screen Mode to show just the display, without any distracting toolbars or menus.

Save and close the file.



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