At CreativePro.com, Mike Rankin wrote a great set of 10 tips for working with Acrobat. Our favorites are below — read the whole story at http://www.creativepro.com/article/10-essential-tips-adobe-acrobat.
1. Got an old file (like an EPS) that you want to convert to PDF? Just drag and drop it on top of the Acrobat application icon. This will launch Acrobat Distiller and convert the file. When Distiller’s running you can drag and drop multiple files into the Distiller window to batch covert (and select conversion settings). Alternatively, in Acrobat choose File> Create> Batch Create Multiple Files.
2. You can use Acrobat to create PDFs from just about any content you can copy to your clipboard. Select File> Create> PDF from Clipboard.
3. You can edit or replace images in a PDF by clicking on them with the Select tool and choosing Edit Image from the contextual menu. This opens the Content Editing panel where you can work on the image in the PDF or select a separate application, like Photoshop.
4. When working with PDF forms, if you have multiple fields you want filled with the exact same information, give the fields identical names in the Properties dialog box. When the user fills in one of the fields, the others with the same name will be automatically filled. To access the Properties dialog box, double click on a field with the Select Object tool.
5. When signing a PDF, you can use an image that looks like your real signature by signing a blank piece of paper, scanning it, and saving it in a common image file format (JPG, PNG, GIF, BMP, TIFF, or PDF). Then when you’re signing a PDF, in the Sign Document dialog box choose Appearance> Create New Appearance. Then choose Configure Graphic> Imported Graphic and select the scan of your real signature. Deselect the Configure Text options to display just just the scanned image.
Jay Nelson is the editorial director of PlanetQuark.com, and the editor and publisher of Design Tools Monthly. He’s also the author of the QuarkXPress 8 and QuarkXPress 7 training titles at Lynda.com, 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.