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We live in a digital world, and so, it's not surprising that Portable
Document Format files (PDFs) are one of the fastest growing document
types today. Adobe Acrobat X (version 10) is the latest version for
viewing, managing, and manipulating PDF files. What should you expect to
see when you are upgraded to this latest version?
Brand New Interface. For many, the Acrobat X environment is drastically
different. Many of the menus have been removed and replaced with commonly
used panels such as Tools, Comment, and Share (similar to panes in Microsoft
Office). The new Quick Tools toolbar can be easily customized with
frequently used features such as the sticky note and typewriter tools.
However, unlike recent versions of Microsoft Office which primarily uses a
Ribbon interface, Acrobat X still retains some use of menus and toolbars.
- Sanitize Your Document. As with Microsoft Office 2010 and Office
2007, you can now remove metadata (such as author and document dates) and
other sensitive information including comments and links.
- Save PDF Content as a Word or Excel file. Although this feature
has been in Acrobat for some time, saving PDF files as Word documents now
maintains more of the original document formatting and layout. Word
documents created from earlier versions of Acrobat usually required a lot of
re-formatting and time to produce a useful output but now your results will
be much easier to use. And now, you can even select a portion of a PDF file
and convert the content to an editable Excel file in just a few minutes.
- New Viewing Mode. The new Reading Mode in Acrobat X focuses just
on the PDF document and the toolbars and panels disappear. Just move your
mouse into the screen to display a transparent floating toolbar to help you
navigate your PDF files more easily.
- Password Strength Meter. If you add password security to a PDF,
Acrobat X makes this feature easier by showing you the strength of the
password as you type it in.
6. Enhanced PDF Portfolios. Although PDF Portfolios have been around in
Acrobat since version 8, Acrobat X has added a host of new features to the
mix. Using the new PDF Portfolio Wizard, you can customize your portfolios
with new layouts and other enhancements. Not familiar with portfolios? This
is a great way to package a variety of files into one nicely formatted and
shareable package without the need to convert each file into a PDF.
© Dawn Bjork Buzbee, MCT, The Software Pro®
Dawn Bjork Buzbee
is The Software Pro®
and a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) as well as a certified Microsoft Office
Specialist (MOS) Master Instructor, certified Microsoft Applications Specialist
(MCAS) Instructor, and a certified Microsoft Office expert. Dawn shares smart
and easy ways to effectively use software through her work as a software
speaker, trainer, consultant, and author of 8 books.
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