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  1. Can I expand current bookmarks if I do not have tags set up in the original document? The drop down list shows the choice but nothing happens when I choose it.

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  2. Is there a chart comparing the options between the Full version and the School/Home edition?

    We are trying to decide which one to purchase. We are an educational nonprofit organization.

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  3. Is it possible to create a pdf file with adobe acrobat or indesign that will automatically resize to fit any screen size of any desktop computer of anyone who might view it? If so, how do you do it? I am thinking specifically of a photo ebook whose images can be easily viewed on any screen without having to manually make adjustments to their pdf reader.

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    • Greetings Tim, normally PDF files are completely zoomable and fittable to whatever screen size you have… The Page Display Preferences (Layout and Zoom) for Acrobat and Reader are settable, but default to “Automatic.” If a PDF you pull up isn’t showing entirely showing on your screen you can just use the Acrobat keyboard shortcut Ctrl+0 to fit the entire page. Is that the kind of thing you mean, does that help?

  4. I am interested in creating a pdf file that automatically resizes when it opens. You say Acrobat will do that as a default. What about InDesign? Does that option exist when you export a file to pdf?

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  5. Is it possible to change a colored PDF to black and white or grayscale within Adobe Acrobat X?

    If not, what is the best way to do it?

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    • Sure Vernon, converting a color PDF to a black & white PDF is easy with Acrobat:

      1. Go to File > Print…
      2. Change the printer to “Adobe PDF”
      3. Click on Properties
      4. Find the option to change the output to B&W
      5. Print the document to a new file with a different name
      6. Open the new black & white PDF document

      Or there are other ways too for converting color to greyscale or B/W.

      Hope this helps!

  6. I loved Acrobat 7 because of the editing tools, especially the “add text box” tool. I have had Acrobat 9 Pro and now X Pro and cannot find an equivalent in either. Is there a way to do this?

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  7. Hello,

    Question on Acrobat 9 Pro

    When you arrange a portfolio with a specified sequence of pdf files (over 100 pages) and want to combine them to a single pdf document, the combine function rearranges the files. Is it possible to make the combine in same file sequence as the portfolio?

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  8. Thanks for the answer. Just another question, is it possible to auto-generate bookmarks for several pages in Acrobat Pro?

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  9. Hi, I’m just trying out the Adobe Acrobat X Pro for windows on my 64-bit computer with Windows 7 – free 30-day trial. I’m using it to create a portfolio. I started with 20- single pdf pages that had started out as word files at a size of 8.5 x 5.5. Their pdf size remained at 8.5 x 5.5. This is what I want and need. However, when I brought the files over, one by one, and created the auto-portfolio, the entire portfolio size was automatically reduced to 7.0 x 5.0. I cannot find any way to correct this. Please help! Thanks!

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  10. Sorry if this is a silly question, but if my client is working with Acrobat X Pro, will I still be able to edit/mark up their PDFs and read/edit their comments etc using Acrobat X Standard?

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  11. I would like to buy the Acrobat X Pro but I would like to know if the product key is personal, that is can I can install it in my 3 computers with Windows XP, Vista, and 7, or do I have to get separate product keys for each system, as the cost is on the high side – and what about upgrades and updates if any.

    thanks

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  12. In previous versions of Acrobat Pro for Mac, I’ve been able to use the “Text Box Tool” to create small boxes, with yellow background, black text, and black border. The default text and border color changed to red in version 9, I believe, however these were customizable in the Properties for the Text Box.

    Now, in Acrobat Pro X for Mac, the “Add or Edit Text Box” tool is the new name for what used to be called the “Typewriter” tool. While the functions provided by this tool are also very important to have at hand, the new “Add or Edit Text Box” tool does not provide the old “Text Box Tool” functionality.

    I want the ability to continue to create a small box, with colored background and border, containing 3 lines of text. This box is not a comment, nor a note. It should be visible when the file is opened, and printed. It is not an annotation either, although the ability to hi-lite, cross out, or otherwise annotate existing text is also extremely useful.

    Does the functionality of the old “Text Box Tool” exist in Acrobat X for Mac, and if it does, how do I access it?

    thanks

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  13. Okay, found it with a hint from another thread – the old “Text Box Tool” is now implemented as a Drawing Markup element under the Comment pane. It is the “Add text box” selection!

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  14. Hi there,

    I’ve installed Adobe Acrobat X Pro on a Windows 7 64-bit laptop, but I can’t run it. I even tried to do it as Administrator but it still is unable to run. Just clicked twice over the icon and it does nothing.

    Many thanks.

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  15. I am an attorney who uses Corel .. specifically WordPerfect. will Adobe X Standard or Pro do everything you can do to a WordPerfect document that you can do to a Microsoft Word doc?

    I know Adobe Acrobat is not a word processing program, what I’m really asking about is it compatible with WordPerfect? Will I be able to easily convert my WordPerfect document into a PDF document? And more importantly, will I be able to OCR a hardcopy document and use that output easily with my WordPerfect word processing program?

    Please advise.

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    • Greetings Allen, thanks for your questions. The answer is yes, because Acrobat doesn’t actually hook into Word – the conversion to PDF happens with the “Adobe PDF Printer” driver accessible from all applications. So that interfaces compatibly with WordPerfect the same way it does with Word.

      When you OCR with Acrobat the result goes to PDF format, not to Word or WordPerfect format. But you can convert your PDFs to .doc or .rtf files, which WordPerfect can read.

      Your best bet is probably just to download and run the free Acrobat trial and see how it fits into your workflow and works with WordPerfect.

  16. @ ProDesignTools

    Follow up question re: converting color PDF to B&W. I have Acrobat X Standard. I can choose Print > Adobe PDF > Properties > Paper / Quality > Color: “Black & White” > OK; but when I print, the new PDF is still color. Any suggestions? Thanks!!

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    • Hmm, that’s strange Jonathan, not sure why… Well, if that doesn’t work then alternatively you can choose the “Advanced” button at the top of the Acrobat print dialog (Ctrl+P), then select Output: Color: “Composite Gray” and OK.

      There are also some other ways too for converting color PDFs to greyscale or B&W that you can try.

  17. Any time I try to open a pdf file, my Windows Photo Gallery opens and displays my personal photos. The result is I cannot read any pdf files that are sent to me. Help!

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    • Wow Jon, that’s funky. It sounds like your Windows file associations are crossed up, you’re not getting the right type of program opening when you double-click a PDF file. Try the instructions for fixing that here.

      Another option would be to start Adobe Acrobat/Reader first, and then open the PDF file manually from the tool’s menu.

      Hope this helps!

  18. Hello,
    My company just installed abobe pro x. We just notice that when went print a pdf file, only the first 3 pages were printed, the rest of the file didn’t get printed. Please help. Thank you.

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  19. Hi, I have a presentation to prepare for work and send on through email. Can Acrobat 9 create a portfolio or pdf with layers with approx 100 pages and compress the file to allow me to send in an email?

    Any help greatly appreciated.

    Thanks.

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  20. Where is the camera feature in Pro X? You know, where you can snap a picture from a PDF and paste somewhere else. Also how to make a drawing feature “sticky” so that you can keep using the line for example for multiple spots.

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  21. Hi –
    how to make a drawing tool “sticky” so you can use this on more than one spot? Like making a tick mark in multiple places?

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  22. I have Acrobat X on a Windows 7 64 bit system. Many of the PDFs I download or scan into the system are grayed out. No text whatsoever is visible. I tried opening them in Foxit and the complete document is visible so I am confident that the content is present. What do I need to do to make this work properly. Please HELP!

    Thanks.

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    • Hey there Michael, it sounds like you’ve got a messed-up install of Acrobat somehow… Obviously that shouldn’t (and doesn’t typically) happen. Has it ever worked correctly on that system? Have you tried it on another computer of yours? Have you tried uninstalling, rebooting, and reinstalling?

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