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PDF Power Tips

InDesign Magazine issue 134: InDesign and AcrobatThis article appeared in Issue 134 of InDesign Magazine.

Enhance your PDF knowledge and efficiency with these supercharged tips!

PDF is the output format of choice for print, web, and a multitude of distribution methods, and it’s the format that gives us the reliable, high-quality output that we all depend on for our day-to-day work. If you think about it, the amount of time we spend in Acrobat working on PDF files probably places a close second to the workhorse applications that we use to create the content in the first place. We use Acrobat to open PDF files and sometimes manipulate them, but we often overlook the powerful features that it has to offer.

Well, put on your seatbelt, and get ready to learn about some of the most powerful and useful features for creating and working with PDF files!

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Chad Chelius is an Adobe Certified Instructor, Author, and Consultant in the Philadelphia area and works with clients to improve their creative workflows using Adobe products. He's also the author of several courses on He specializes in PDF accessibility using Adobe InDesign and is a regular speaker at The InDesign Conference and PePcon.
  • asa hershoff says:

    Actually, had to fork out $100 for PDF Element to get away from the horrific user interface and poor functionality of the “new” Acrobat, designed by Microsoft. Have not met anyone who doesnt hate it, which confirms my faith in humanity’s aesthetics.

  • Stuart Mcneil says:

    Sure would be great to select all the text I need to copy from Acrobat all together. Acrobat has a nasty habit of dividing text that was originally created in one text box before exporting as a PDF into several text boxes. Resulting in having to go back & forth from Acrobat to (InDesign for me) the native file to just to copy & paste.

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