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Lesson 4. Converting Files to Adobe PDF > About creating Adobe PDF files

About creating Adobe PDF files

You can convert a variety of file formats to Adobe PDF, preserving all the fonts, formatting, graphics, and color of the source file, regardless of the application and platform used to create it. In addition to creating Adobe PDF files from virtually any software application, you can also create PDF files by downloading and converting web pages and by scanning and capturing paper documents.

The prior lesson, Lesson 3, “Converting Microsoft Office Files,” describes how to create Adobe PDF files directly from Microsoft Office files. This lesson covers several ways of creating Adobe PDF files from image files and from other types of application files. Lesson 5, “Creating Adobe PDF from Web Pages,” describes how to create Adobe PDF files from web pages. Lesson 15, “Using Adobe Acrobat for Professional Publishing,” covers the use of Distiller to create press-quality PDF files. Converting paper documents to Adobe PDF by scanning is not covered in this book.

Increasingly the content of Adobe PDF files is being reused when the security settings applied by the creator of the document allow reuse of the content. Content can be extracted for use in another authoring application or the content can be reflowed for use with handheld devices or screen readers. The success with which content can be repurposed or reused depends very much on the structural information contained in the PDF file. The more structural information a PDF document contains the more opportunities you have for successfully reusing the content and the more reliably a document can be used with screen readers. (See Lesson 9, “Making Documents Accessible and Flexible,” and “Creating Accessible Adobe PDF Documents” in the Complete Acrobat 7.0 Help.)

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