It’s been about a year since Acrobat X (10) was released, and given Adobe’s typical two-year cycle with this product line, it will probably be another year before we see Acrobat 11 coming out… So in the meantime, we’ve put together a list of helpful questions and answers that have accumulated here and during sessions with Adobe.
Hopefully sharing this information below can help answer frequently-asked questions that you may also have about the product:
Q: Will there be a Mac version of the Acrobat X Trial coming?
Q: Can guided actions be Reader enabled or do you have to have Acrobat?
A: Guided actions are used in Acrobat.
Q: Does Acrobat X further reduce the file size of scan documents?
A: You’re going to be surprised at the improvements in scanned files in Acrobat X. It has undergone some significant improvements.
Q: PDF Portfolios are cool and will work in Adobe Reader 9 and higher, is that correct? For using them, what is the current “penetration” of Reader 9 and higher out there?
A: We generally don’t share that information. If you’re concerned about people with lower versions of Reader not seeing your content, Acrobat X can export a Portfolio as a web site. All you need is a Flash-capable browser – no Reader required.
Q: Oh, OK – I thought you did, because I see Flash Player penetration numbers everywhere (like 99%), so I thought it might be the same with Reader. Does Reader now update itself with the same kind of technology as Flash Player then?
A: No – though we have changed the way that the updater works to make it more seamless.
Q: Thanks. On “Acrobat X can export any PDF Portfolio as a Flash-based website.” – that is really really cool!
A: No kidding. It’s quite amazing. Not only that, but it’s very quick.
Q: Does the Mac version of X support embedding Flash video?
A: Version 9 and X on Windows and Mac support embedded or streaming Flash video. We do it all!
Q: Okay but can a PDF portfolio, in general, be uploaded somewhere for sharing online? if it includes video?
A: Absolutely. Do you have an account at Acrobat.com? You can upload portfolios to that workspace and share them.
Q: That’s great. does the video that is embedded playback when the PDF portfolio is updated to Acrobat.com
A: It depends on your user, not the file itself. If your browser opens a PDF file in Adobe Reader directly in the browser, then you’ll see it online.
Q: Can you edit the file now that it is Word?
A: Yes absolutely. It’s full text and images to do whatever you like.
Q: If I want to have a first page as a table of contents for a large documents will do that and if I edit will pagination change automatically?
A: You’d need to reauthor the file in your authoring application and recreate the PDF file.
Q: Does Acrobat X include a page flip feature to make portfolios appear more like e-books?
A: No. The way Portfolios work in Acrobat X doesn’t look like a book at all; switching pages in the documents is a simple fade or cut.
Q: Can you have an image on a folder (so you see the image rather than the folder icon)?
A: Yes it certainly is. You don’t open LCD directly from Acrobat X though, as you saw in previous versions. You certainly can work in LCD for form creation and editing. But you don’t have a command in Acrobat itself to open LCD as you saw in previous versions of Acrobat.
Q: Exactly what role does LiveCycle Designer have with forms in Acrobat X? Is there a clear explanation of LCD and Acrobat and how they relate to one another?
A: LCD is a separate program. Acrobat forms are PDF-based forms you create in Acrobat X. You can open a form created in Acrobat, but you can’t open a form created in LCD for editing in Acrobat. In previous versions of Acrobat, you could click a command in the Forms menu to open LCD.
Q: Is LiveCycle Designer still shipping with Acrobat Pro? Is it a separate install?
A: Yes it does ship with Acrobat Pro X (Windows), and a separate install.
Q: That helps but I still am quite confused by LCD and Acrobat. I have Acrobat 9 Pro Extended. My understanding has been that I create forms in LCD. So what you are telling me now is that form creation can now be done directly in Acrobat X?
A: You have always been able to create forms in Acrobat itself, and it is the only option available for Mac users.
Q: Capturing from Chrome browser?
A: We don’t support Chrome yet.
Q: Where can we get the PDFmaker for Firefox on Mac?
A: It’s installed as part of the Acrobat X installation. And it works very well.
Q: Can it capture video also when you capture a web page?
A: It can – depends on how the video is streamed though.
Q: What is the educational cost for Acrobat X on Mac?
A: You’ll have to check the Adobe Education Store site for the various costs for upgrades and full versions.
Q: Can third party plug-ins be integrated into the Action Wizard?
A: Of course.
Q: In version 9, I sometimes had problems with links in Portfolio. Is Acrobat X any more robust in that respect, for example, will it now recognize files imported after the Portfolio was constructed?
A: It depends on the type of link. External links, sure. If you’re linking from one file to another within a portfolio, you have to do that manually.
Q: With the Acrobat X Suite, does it offer additional advantages over buying Acrobat X, Photoshop, Captivate etc separately? (aside from price of course)
A: Just price.
Q: I think the interface is like other Acrobat products and I like it already. Good job.
A: Glad to hear!!
Q: Are there any free tutorials or training for the new version?