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Chapter 4. Creating PDFs > Creating PDFs in Other Ways

Creating PDFs in Other Ways

You can convert common graphics files, ordinary text files, and HTML documents to PDFs simply by opening them within Acrobat. This first technique works with text, HTML, and graphics files in these formats: BMP, GIF, JPEG, PCX, PICT (Mac OS only), PNG, and TIFF.

To open a file as an Adobe PDF:

1.
Choose Open As Adobe PDF from the File menu to display the Open dialog box.

2.
From the pop-up menu, choose the file type you want to open.

3.
Navigate to the file you want to open as a PDF and then click Open.

4.
If you have a document open already, Acrobat asks whether you want to Create a New Document or Append to Current Document (Figure 4.25); choose one radio button and then click OK.

Figure 4.25. Choose how to open a new PDF file.


The file opens as a PDF.

You can also download a Web page, or an entire Web site, into Acrobat and convert it into a PDF document. If you first download only a single page or a single level of the site, you can append more pages or levels later.

To open a Web page as a PDF within Acrobat:

1.
Choose File > Open Web Page or Tools > Web Capture > Open Web Page (Shift+Ctrl+O/Shift-Command-O).

The Open Web Page dialog box appears.

2.
Enter the URL of the Web site you want to download (Figure 4.26).

Figure 4.26. The Open Web page dialog box lets you choose how many levels of a Web page to convert into a PDF.


3.
Set how many levels of this page Acrobat will download.

If you check Get Entire Site, you may get a very large PDF document. Acrobat will let you know if the download will be large (Figure 4.27).

Figure 4.27. This dialog box warns you that a downloaded Web page may be bigger than you bargained for.


4.
Click the Browse button to display HTML files you may have saved on your hard drive.

5.
Click the Conversion Settings button to adjust General (Figure 4.28) and Page Layout (Figure 4.29) settings.

Figure 4.28. Choose general settings for the PDF.


Figure 4.29. Specify page layout details for the new PDF.


6.
Click Download to download and open the Web page as a PDF file in Acrobat.

Tip

  • When you download a Web page as a PDF, it may contain hyperlinks to other Web pages. When you put the mouse pointer over a link, the pointer turns into a small hand marked with a plus sign (Figure 4.30). This pointer indicates that clicking the link will open the link as a PDF file in Acrobat.

    Figure 4.30. Hyperlinks in a PDF are identified by a hand pointer with a plus sign.


To use a Web link:

1.
In your active document, click a link.

2.
In the Specify Weblink Behavior dialog box, choose whether you want to open the link with Acrobat or with your Web browser (Figure 4.31).

Figure 4.31. Choose where to open Web links.


If you switch to opening links in your Web browser, the pointer changes to a hand with a W on it (Figure 4.32).

Figure 4.32. The Web browser pointer appears as a hand with a W on it.


3.
Switch between opening links with Acrobat and your browser on the fly by holding down the Shift key.

4.
To change this setting permanently, choose Edit > Preferences > Web Capture.

The Web Capture Preferences dialog box appears (Figure 4.33).

Figure 4.33. Choose the method for opening Web links.


5.
Choose the desired option from the Open Weblinks pop-up menu.

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