Here’s where you start. In the Introduction to Adobe Acrobat DC-Level 1 course, you’ll learn about the many ways you can put Acrobat DC to work for you in your workplace, or to manage projects in your home, community, and hobbies.
This course is project-based. From practical experience, I’ve found it’s by far the best way to learn how to use a complex program like Acrobat. The lessons dig into the workings of a fictional small business, Blakely Farms, using basic files like documents and spreadsheets that you’d find in any business. We’ll also use a variety of other files like web pages, presentations, images, and so on.
The course applies to both Standard and Pro versions of Acrobat DC, and on both Windows and Mac. If you’re not sure what your version of Acrobat DC can do, don’t worry too much—we’ll answer that question in Lesson 1 as we check out a comparison of program versions.
Lesson 1: Welcome to Acrobat DC – Level 1
In our first lesson, you’ll learn how the course is structured, and how to use the downloadable project files. We’ll take a tour of Acrobat DC using the Lesson 1 PDF document. We’ll try out some viewing and display options as we go through a document that outlines the differences among Acrobat versions. You’ll work with the Attachments panel to view and extract documents for the lesson, and create your first PDF document from the logo image for our fictional business, Blakely Farms.
Lesson 2: Creating PDF Files
Where do PDF files come from? You’re about to find out. Today we’ll look at some of the more usual ways to create PDF documents as we work with various types of source files such as documents, spreadsheets, and presentations. We’ll cover using the PDFMaker plugins for Windows Office users, and how to create PDF documents from other applications. We’ll practice producing PDF documents both from within Acrobat DC, and source programs. We’ll also check out some common settings and preferences to help you work more efficiently.
Lesson 3: Combining Files
Mixing and matching is an easy way to repurpose content. In this lesson, we’ll discover more ways to produce PDF documents from scans, web pages, and even blank pages. We’ll experiment with OCR (Optical Character Recognition) settings and see how to pick the best settings for a source document. We’ll look at different ways to combine and organize files into one PDF document, and how to pick and choose pages to include. We’ll also check out combining content into a PDF Portfolio.
Lesson 4: Unifying and Editing PDF Documents
It’s one thing to put together content from a number of sources, and quite another to make it look like it all belongs together! In this lesson, we’ll look at ways to unify the layout of a document. We’ll use Editing features to change the appearance of text and images, and see how to add headers and page numbers to bring a document together. Then we’ll look at some ways to export pages and documents from Acrobat DC in a variety of useful formats, like images, documents, and spreadsheets.
Lesson 5: Adding Navigation Features
Everyone knows how to click a link on a web page to go to another location, but did you know you could use links in Acrobat DC? Or how about an interactive table of contents? You’ll work with bookmarking and linking features to make it easier to guide your users through your document. Showing users how to get around the document is great, but we want them to find and use the documents efficiently, too, so we’ll look at optimizing file sizes and and adding information.
Lesson 6: Commenting and Reviewing
Applying comment tools to mark up a document for sharing and reviewing is one of the oldest and most popular features in Acrobat. In today’s lesson, we’ll dig into those tools and features as you learn about Acrobat collaboration. We’ll set up a number of preferences to make it quicker and simpler to conduct a review. We’ll see how to mark up a document and send it for an email review. You’ll also collect comments from others and integrate them into a single copy of your source document.
Lesson 7: Designing and Distributing Forms
There are literally hundreds of ways you can construct and customize a form in Acrobat DC. In today’s lesson, we’ll explore Acrobat forms starting with an existing document and adding various types of form fields. Although we won’t come close to learning hundreds of tasks and customizations, we’ll learn the best ways to configure form fields, and how to work with them in Acrobat. You’ll also experiment with some other types of form fields, including buttons and digital signature fields, and distribute the form using Tracker.
Lesson 8: Managing Form Data and Document Security
For the final lesson, we’ll pick up where we left off last time as we use Tracker to collect form returns. You’ll work with Tracker to compile a PDF Portfolio, and learn how to export the data to a spreadsheet. We’ll look at various ways to add security to PDF documents as well. You’ll learn how to add copy/edit protection and password protect a PDF file. We’ll check out working with digital signatures, and see how to manage e-signatures via email and Adobe Document Cloud.
The course is currently undergoing revision and testing, and isn’t quite ready for prime time. For now, please complete the contact form for pre-registration and I’ll let you know when you can register. I promise not to flood your email Inbox!