Use Adobe Reader as Presentation Tool

You can use Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader to create an impressive presentation from any document you can print. First, create a PDF from your document. Then, open the PDF in Acrobat or Reader, choose Acrobat/Adobe Reader> Preferences> Full Screen and select options to let Acrobat or Reader automatically advance from page to page at a selected interval, or wait until the user clicks the mouse.

You can make the cursor invisible, loop the entire presentation, select a background color, and choose from dozens of transition effects such as wipe, fly in, glitter, dissolve or split. To enjoy your handiwork, view the PDF in Full Screen mode (Window> Full Screen View).

Jay Nelson is the editorial director of, and the editor and publisher of Design Tools Monthly. He’s also the author of the QuarkXPress 8 and QuarkXPress 7 training titles at, as well as the training videos Quark includes in the box with QuarkXPress 7 . In addition, Jay writes regularly for Macworld and Photoshop User magazines and speaks at industry events.