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Adobe® Creative Suite® 5 Design Premium all-in-one for Dummies® by Fred Gerantabee, Christopher Smith, Jennifer Smith

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Chapter 1. Discovering Essential Acrobat Information

In This Chapter

  • Discovering Acrobat and PDF files

  • Understanding when to use PDF files

  • Becoming familiar with the Acrobat workspace and tools

Adobe Acrobat 9 provides a variety of tools for sharing and reviewing documents. Adobe Creative Suite applications can create Portable Document Format (PDF) files, and you can also use Acrobat to create PDF files from programs that aren't part of the Creative Suite. After you create a PDF file, you can use Acrobat to enhance the files by adding interactivity, merging PDF documents, adding comments or annotations, or applying security that restricts features, such as printing or editing.

In this chapter, you find out why you may want to create PDF files and acquaint yourself with the Adobe Acrobat tools and workspace. You see how easy it is to navigate through PDF files with the navigational tools, tabs, and viewing options in Acrobat. In the following chapters of this minibook, you explore how to use Acrobat to create PDF files from documents produced in a variety of programs and discover ways to enhance your PDF files with Acrobat.

Working with PDF Files

Adobe Acrobat is used to create, review, and modify PDF files. You can use PDF as a way to share documents created with the Adobe Creative Suite. Because PDF is a common file format, you can use it to share Creative Suite files for review, approval, or final publication. When you use a program in the Creative Suite, such as Illustrator or InDesign, ...

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