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Getting Started

Getting Started

Adobe® Acrobat® 7.0 is the essential tool for universal document exchange. You can use Acrobat Standard or Acrobat Professional to create virtually any document in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF), preserving the exact look and content of the original, complete with fonts and graphics.

You can distribute your PDF documents by e-mail or store them on the World Wide Web, an intranet, a file system, or a CD. Other users can view and review your work, regardless of the platform they work on. You can add interactive elements such as custom hyperlinks and sound clips, streamline your document review process with Acrobat comments, and add digital signatures.

But Acrobat 7.0 goes far beyond PDF creation and simple document enhancement. With Acrobat 7.0, you can manage a broad range of essential business activities. You can convert a wider variety of documents into Adobe PDF files and assemble them into one compact, comprehensive Adobe PDF document that can be easily shared. And performance and security enhancements make sharing documents faster, easier, more secure, and more flexible.

In Acrobat Professional, you also have tighter integration with more professional and engineering applications, support for 3D objects, more powerful forms creation capability, and the ability to include anyone with the free downloadable Adobe Reader® 7.0 software in the electronic document review process.

About Classroom in a Book

Adobe Acrobat 7.0 Classroom in a Book® is part of the official training series for Adobe graphics and publishing software. The lessons are designed to let you learn at your own pace. If you're new to Adobe Acrobat, you'll learn the fundamental concepts and features you'll need to master the program. If you've been using Acrobat for a while, you'll find Classroom in a Book teaches many advanced features and includes lessons targeted specifically for technical and print professionals.

The lessons in this edition include information on the popular Adobe Acrobat features, including:

  • Using the Organizer to manage your PDF files.

  • Single-click creation of Adobe PDF files.

  • Repurposing the content of Adobe PDF files for use in other applications.

  • Editing PDF documents.

  • Creating multimedia presentations.

  • Improved work flows and tools for reviewing and commenting on Adobe PDF documents, including the ability to invite users of Adobe Reader to participate in the review and commenting process.

  • Tools for making your documents more accessible.

  • Forms creation.

  • New measuring tools designed for engineering and technical users.

  • Enhanced document security.

Although each lesson provides step-by-step instructions for specific projects, there's room for exploration and experimentation. You can follow the book from start to finish or do only the lessons that match your interests and needs.

Acrobat Professional and Acrobat Standard

This book covers both Acrobat Professional and Acrobat Standard. Where a tool or feature described in this book is specific to Acrobat Professional, the information is italicized and called out with an icon as shown below.

Acrobat Professional offers several tools and features that are not available in Acrobat Standard. You need to upgrade to Acrobat Professional if your work includes the following:

  • Preflighting documents, working with color separations, and delivering final print production output as Adobe PDF.

  • Creating interactive forms.

  • Converting layered and large-format engineering drawings to Adobe PDF.

  • Inviting users of Adobe Reader to participate in email-based and web-based reviews and allowing them to save forms data.

  • Modifying the reflow order of objects on a page to optimize the accessibility of documents.

  • Embedding 3D content.


Before beginning to use Adobe Acrobat 7.0 Classroom in a Book, you should have a working knowledge of your computer and its operating system. Make sure you know how to use the mouse, standard menus and commands, and how to open, save, and close files. If you need to review these techniques, see the printed or online documentation included with your system.

Installing Adobe Acrobat

Before beginning to use Adobe Acrobat 7.0 Classroom in a Book, make sure that your system is set up correctly and that you've installed the required software and hardware. You must purchase Adobe Acrobat 7.0 software separately. For system requirements, see the Adobe website at http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/main.html.

You must install the application from the Adobe Acrobat 7.0 CD onto your hard drive; you cannot run Acrobat 7.0 from the CD. Follow the onscreen installation instructions.

Starting Adobe Acrobat

You start Acrobat just as you would any other software application.

  • On Windows, choose Start > Programs or All Programs > Adobe Acrobat 7.0 Standard. or Adobe Acrobat 7.0 Professional.

  • On Mac OS, open the Adobe Acrobat 7.0 Standard folder or the Adobe Acrobat 7.0 Professional folder, and double-click the program icon.


To run Acrobat 7.0 Standard or Acrobat 7.0 Professional on Mac OS, you must have Mac OS X, version 10.2.8 or later.

The Adobe Acrobat application window appears. You can now open a PDF document or create a new one and start working.

Copying the Classroom in a Book files

The Adobe Acrobat 7.0 Classroom in a Book CD includes folders that contain all the electronic files for the lessons. Each lesson has its own folder, and you must copy the folders to your hard drive to do the lessons. To save room on your drive, you can install only the necessary folder for each lesson as you need it, and remove it when you're done.

To install the Classroom in a Book files

Insert the Adobe Acrobat 7.0 Classroom in a Book CD into your CD-ROM drive.

Create a folder named AA7_CIB on your hard drive.

Copy the lessons you want to the hard drive:

  • To copy all of the lessons, drag the Lessons folder from the CD into the AA7_CIB folder.

  • To copy a single lesson, drag the individual lesson folder from the CD into the AA7_CIB folder.

If you are working on Windows 2000, you may need to unlock the lesson files. To unlock the lesson files, right click the Lessons folder in the AA7_CIB folder on your system, and select Properties from the context menu. In the Properties dialog box, deselect Read-only option (under Attributes), and click Apply. In the Confirm Attributes dialog box, select the option Apply Changes to This Folder, Subfolders and Files. Then click OK and OK again. (If you are copying one lesson at a time, you will need to unlock each lesson folder as you copy it to your system.)


If, as you work through the lessons, you overwrite the lesson files, you can restore the original files by recopying the corresponding lesson folder from the Classroom in a Book CD to the AA7_CIB folder on your hard drive.

Additional resources

Adobe Acrobat 7.0 Classroom in a Book is not meant to replace documentation provided with the Adobe Acrobat 7.0 program. Only the commands and options used in the lessons are explained in this book. For comprehensive information about program features, refer to these resources:

  • The How To pages, which give overviews of popular tasks and concise steps for completing common tasks. To open the How To pages, choose Help > How To or click the Help button () on the Acrobat toolbar, and then select a topic area.

  • The Complete Acrobat 7.0 online Help included with the Adobe Acrobat 7.0 software, which you can view by choosing Help > Complete Acrobat 7.0 Help or clicking the Help button () on the Acrobat toolbar and choosing Complete Acrobat 7.0 Help. This guide contains a complete description of all features.

  • The Adobe website (www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/), which you can view by choosing Help > Acrobat Online if you have a connection to the World Wide Web.

Adobe certification

The Adobe training and certification programs are designed to help Adobe customers improve and promote their product proficiency skills. The Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) program, which is designed to recognize the high-level skills of expert users, is the best way to master Adobe products. For information on Adobe-certified training programs, visit the Partnering with Adobe website at http://partners.adobe.com/.

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