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Chapter 11. Adding Multimedia to PDFs > Creating a Slideshow with Acrobat

Creating a Slideshow with Acrobat

One of the less well-known features of Acrobat is its capacity to create a slideshow presentation. What is really fantastic about using Acrobat to do a presentation is that you can send it to anyone via the Internet. For instance, artists can create slideshows of their artwork so that they 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 File > Create PDF > From Multiple Files.

This launches the Create PDF from Multiple Documents dialog box.

You can import Adobe PDF files, BMP, GIF, HTML, JPEG, JPEG 200, PCX, PICT, PNG, PostScript/EPS, Text, and TIFF files into Acrobat.

Click the Choose button in the Add Files area.

This launches the Open dialog box.

Click the Add button to add a file (Figure 11.13).

Figure 11.13. Click the Add button to include a file in your slideshow.

Repeat steps 2 and 3 until you have all the files you want in your slideshow. You can arrange the files here or in the Pages pane within Acrobat. I find it easier to rearrange from the Pages pane since you can work with the pages in thumbnail view.

Click OK to create the PDF with multiple files for your slideshow.

Save the slideshow in Acrobat.

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

The Preferences dialog box appears.

Choose Full Screen from 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 11.14).

Figure 11.14. Enter the number of seconds you want each slide to remain on screen.

This section also lets you choose how users advance the slides, whether to show a navigation bar, 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 (Figure 11.15).

Figure 11.15. Choose a transition style for your slideshow.

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 a background color for the slideshow, then click OK to accept these changes. Remember to save your file with these Full Screen preferences.

Choose Window > Full Screen View (Ctrl+L/Command+L).

This will run your slide show with the preferences you selected (Figure 11.16).

Figure 11.16. Choose Full Screen View to run your slideshow.



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