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Foreword

Foreword

Real World PDF with Adobe Acrobat 5 should be considered an official Graphic Arts Desk Reference Manual for productive workflows in the 21st century. It will help you to realize the benefits of using Acrobat beyond PDF creation and at the same time cover more technical detail than you ever dreamed existed about how to create the best PDF files from your desktop applications.

I have to hand it to Anita for the great tenacity she has shown in completing this book. If you were to search within Adobe or in the graphic arts consulting world, it would be hard to find a single person that could share with you all the information contained in Real World PDF. The only way to compile this much useful knowledge is to call up lots of sources, read lots of documents and then synthesize this with an existing knowledge of the graphic arts industry. Anita Dennis has done it all for you. In Real World PDF, Anita draws on her expertise as a longtime writer in the graphic arts industry to help educate people on how—and why—to use PDF workflows.

As Acrobat has grown in popularity, so have its uses and audiences. In fact, Adobe Acrobat and PDF are used by more people in government and business than in the graphic arts/printing industries. Organizations like the IRS and the FDA have standardized entire document workflows on the usage of PDF. This popularity has introduced many non-graphic arts users to PDF workflows. Many of these workflows never even involve print. Today the use of Adobe Acrobat has extended beyond simply creating PDF files for business publishing in print on CD or on the Web. Users are actually implementing workflows that increase productivity through the value of having a single reliable document, the Adobe PDF file.

Tricia Gellman
Group Infrastructure Manager
Cross Media Publishing
Adobe Systems, Inc.

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