Acrobat 8 Professional

Acrobat 8 Professional


Total Run Time: 12 hours

Unlock the full power of Adobe Acrobat 8 Professional with this 12 hour training series for Mac and Windows. Join Tim Plumer Jr., as he demonstrates how to use the tools in Acrobat and shares his tips and tricks for getting a great application to work harder and smarter for you.


  1. Learn how to enable a form so Reader users can save it after they complete it
  2. Discover a new form distribution workflow and tracker to enable data collection
  3. Generate automatic PDF archival of eMail from Outlook
  4. Use Word mail merge for PDF creation and email
  5. Find out how to share comments in a PDF directly in Acrobat over a network

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This Acrobat 8 Professional training shows you how to collect many items into a project that goes beyond PDF, collaborate around the project, and control the documents to ensure the authenticity and integrity of your work.

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Course outline

Disc 1 – The 5 C’s of Adobe® Acrobat®

Chapter 1: Overview (15 min)

  1. Converting to PDF
  2. Combining PDF Documents
  3. Adding a Highlight & a Bookmark
  4. Adding Attachments
  5. Using Review & Comment Functionality
  6. Setting Permissions & Passwords
Chapter 2: Adding Controls to a Web Page (30 min)

  1. Exploring New Ways to Create a New File
  2. Combining Files into a Single PDF
  3. Updating Watermarks, Headers & Footers
  4. Assembling Documents into a PDF Package
  5. Distributing Forms & Collecting Data
  6. Collaborate with Shared Review & Commenting
  7. Collaborate with Acrobat Connect ™ & Typewriter
  8. Control PDFs with Online Services & Redaction
Chapter 3: Getting Around (28 min)

  1. Using the Getting Started Window
  2. Using the Pages Panel & the Navigation Tools
  3. Using the Pan & Zoom Window & the Loupe Tool
  4. Searching a PDF File
  5. Working with the Navigation Panels
  6. Customizing Toolbars
  7. Customizing Preferences & Using the Help System
Chapter 4: Create: Making a PDF (41 min)

  1. Using the Print Function to Create a PDF File
  2. Converting Microsoft® Word Documents to Adobe PDF
  3. Converting Excel Documents to Adobe PDF
  4. Converting PowerPoint® Documents to Adobe PDF
  5. Converting to Adobe PDF from the Contextual Menu
  6. Converting a Scanned Document into a PDF
  7. Converting a Web Page to a PDF
  8. Creating a New PDF from a Blank Page
  9. Creating a PDF from an Adobe Application
Chapter 5: Create: Using Distiller® (39 min)

  1. The Adobe PDF Settings
  2. Adjusting Image Settings
  3. Compressing Color Images
  4. Compressing Grayscale & Monochrome Images
  5. Setting a Policy
  6. Adjusting Font Settings
  7. Exploring Color & Advanced Settings
  8. Saving Your Adobe PDF Settings
  9. Producing a PDF File
  10. Creating a Watched Folder
Chapter 6: Combine: Hybrid Documents (46 min)

  1. Using the Pages Palette
  2. Cropping & Sorting Pages
  3. Using the Organizer
  4. Combining Files & Editing Bookmarks
  5. Deleting & Rotating Pages
  6. Working with Bookmarks
  7. Setting Bookmark Actions & Initial View
  8. Adding Headers & Footers
  9. Adding a Watermark to Specifc Pages
Chapter 7: Combine: Linking (28 min)

  1. Creating a Link to Open a Web Page
  2. Creating a Link to a Specifc Page View
  3. Creating a Link to Open a File
  4. Creating a Custom Link Action
  5. Creating & Linking to Named Destinations
Chapter 8: Combine: Repurposing Content (27 min)

  1. Extracting Pages & Exporting to Word
  2. Exporting as a TIFF
  3. Using the TouchUp Object Tool
  4. Exporting to an HTML Web Page
  5. Using the Select Tool & Opening a Table in Excel
  6. Using the TouchUp Text Tool
  7. Using the OCR Text Recognition Tool
  8. Using the Typewriter Tool
Chapter 9: Collect: More Than PDF (34 min)

  1. Attaching Files to a PDF
  2. Creating a PDF Package
  3. Using Outlook® to Create a Package from Email
  4. Setting Up Automatic Archival
  5. Initiating a Data Collection Work.ow
  6. Using Forms to Create a Data Set
Chapter 10: Collaborate: Commenting (39 min)

  1. Adding a Comment Using Sticky Notes
  2. Formatting Comment Text
  3. Using the Text Edits Tools
  4. Using the Highlight, Shape & Pencil Tools
  5. Using the Stamp Tool
  6. Creating a Signature Stamp
  7. Using the Text Box Tool
  8. Using the Callout Tool
  9. Adjusting Sticky Note Properties
  10. Setting Commenting Preferences & Printing
Chapter 11: Collaborate: Initiating Reviews (26 min)

  1. Creating a Review-Ready PDF
  2. Initiating an Email Based Review
  3. Sending & Reviewing Comments in an Email Review
  4. Initiating the Shared Review
  5. Publish & Check Comments in a Shared Review
  6. Using the Review Tracker
  7. Starting a Meeting with Acrobat Connect
Chapter 12: Collaborate: Managing Comments (26 min)

  1. Understanding the Comments Palette
  2. Sorting Comments
  3. Filtering Comments
  4. Summarizing Comments
  5. Comparing Documents
Chapter 13: Control: Securing & Signing (52 min)

  1. Creating a Password Driven Security Policy
  2. Setting a Password to Restrict Editing
  3. Managing Security Policies
  4. Creating a Certi.cate Based Policy
  5. Choose Recipients for a Certi.cate Protected PDF
  6. Hosting a Security Service
  7. Creating & Using Digital Signatures
  8. Managing Trusted Identities
  9. Certify a PDF & Add a Handwritten Signature
  10. Creating a Security Envelope
  11. Closing Comments & Credits

Disc 2 – Advanced Adobe® Acrobat®

Chapter 1: Basic Forms (42 min)

  1. Creating a Text Field
  2. Choosing Text Field Properties
  3. Formatting & Duplicating Date Fields
  4. Calculating & Formatting Field Values
  5. Creating Check Boxes
  6. Using the Combo & List Tools
  7. Working with Radio Buttons
  8. Duplicating Fields
Chapter 2: Advanced Forms (29 min)

  1. Duplicating Form Elements
  2. Working with Icons
  3. Adding Text Labels
  4. Editing Button Actions
  5. Showing/Hiding Text & Buttons
  6. Controlling Page Actions & Fit to Window
Chapter 3: Forms Workflow (31 min)

  1. Initiating a Forms Workflow
  2. Distributing a Form
  3. Initiating a Data Collection Work.ow
  4. Using Collected Form Data
  5. Creating a Form from an Existing Document
  6. Creating a Form from an Electronic Document
  7. Creating a Form Based on a Spreadsheet
  8. Collecting Data Manually
Chapter 4: Prepress & Graphics (39 min)

  1. Anticipating Problems When Creating a PDF/X
  2. Sharing Settings & Con.guring InDesign®
  3. Examining a PDF File for Problems
  4. Creating Preflight Profiles
  5. Using Preflight Profiles
  6. Fixing Common Problems
  7. Printing a PDF File
Chapter 5: Acrobat 3D (25 min)

  1. Adding a 3D File
  2. Navigating in 3D Space
  3. Managing Views
  4. Examining a Model
  5. Creating a Cross Section
  6. Commenting Workflows
Chapter 6: Presentations (29 min)

  1. Combining Files into a Single PDF for Presentation
  2. Adding Navigation to a Presentation
  3. Adding Sound to a Button
  4. Adding a Soundtrack to a Presentation
  5. Adding Video to a Presentation
  6. Customizing Acrobat for Professional Presenting
Chapter 7: Archiving & Searching (30 min)

  1. Searching a PDF File
  2. Creating an Index
  3. Searching an Index
  4. Using Redaction
  5. Exploring the PDF/A Format
Chapter 8: Optimizing a PDF (39 min)

  1. Checking PDF Accessibility
  2. Repairing PDF Accessibility
  3. Reducing File Size
  4. Using the PDF Optimizer
  5. Using the Redaction Tool
  6. Working with Bates Numbering
  7. Using Batch Processing
Chapter 9: Working With Layers (21 min)

  1. Introducing Layers & Visibility
  2. Setting the Default State
  3. Working with Layer Properties
  4. Resetting, Merging & Flattening Layers
  5. Creating a Button to Control Layer Actions
  6. Closing Comments & Credits

Presenter Info

Tim Plumer, Jr.Tim Plumer, Jr. has a ten-plus year history implementing and selling Acrobat-based solutions for the business and graphics community, and he loves Acrobat because of the depth of the tool. His company, Working Words & Graphics helps customers implement and use Acrobat and PDF in a variety of interesting ways-all with the goal of saving time, money and energy. He worked at Adobe as an Acrobat Applications Engineer, a Business Development Manager, and Account manager. Tim has also developed and led his own printing software integration and training company, written for several graphic arts titles, and continues to provide technical editing services for a variety of authors.