Adobe Acrobat 9 Classroom in a Book Paperback – Aug 11 2008
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Like all Classroom in a Book products, its weeknesses are that it doesn't go in details and explain every options and it's not good as a reference book. It's more a book that you read once, like the title says: like a class that you follow...
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To make matters even worse, the book instructs readers to examine the help files that come with Acrobat for information (if these help files were useful, I wouldn't have needed to buy this or other books). Then there's the problem that some features are not covered in detail at all - as I mentioned earlier, I'm trying to use a new scanner and the OCR functions on Acrobat. Less than a full page is devoted to that topic and essentially nothing helpful is provided (yes, I already know how to press the button on the scanner - something that this book tells readers to do). Nothing at all is mentioned about the new feature in Acrobat 9 about "ClearScan" - the function that replaced Formatted Text & Graphics found in older versions of Acrobat. While I finally figured out what "ClearScan" was by searching the Internet, I still can't figure out how that is used to with the TouchUp Text tool (which seems to work much differently in Acrobat 9). While the results of "ClearScan" seem to be very good (at least as far as I can determine at this time), this book says absolutely nothing about it.
Overall, the book does provide some good information, but one must wade through pages/chapters of things that need little or no explanation in order to find it. While this book is beautifully published (nice paper, good graphics, etc.), it is even less valuable than Acrobat's insufficient help files (for example, ClearScan is NOT covered in any detail there either). I would not recommend this book to anyone who is already familiar with Acrobat - only to those who are true neophytes to the program. Even so, there are too many items of importance that are not covered.
The remaining 14 chapters introduce and explain topics via the lessons on the CD. Each chapter concludes with review questions and answers to wake those who may have been reading this book as an Agatha Christie fiction.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
1. Introducing Adobe Acrobat 9
2. Looking at the Work Area
3. Creating Adobe PDF Files
4. Creating Adobe PDF from Microsoft Office Files (Windows Only)
5. Combining Files in PDF Portfolios
6. Reading and Working with PDF Files
7. Enhancing and Editing PDF Documents
8. Adding Signatures and Security
9. Using Acrobat in a Review Cycle
10. Working with Forms in Acrobat
11. Creating Multimedia Presentations
12. Using the Legal Features [such as redaction and Bates numbering]
13. Using the Engineering and Technical Features
14. Using Acrobat in Professional Printing
15. Working with 3D in PDF Files
This book covers Adobe Acrobat Standard, Professional, and Extended for Mac OS and Windows, but only Acrobat 9 Pro runs on OS X. The following are not available on OS X:
a) Use QuickBooks data in forms (Windows English only) - Import and export Intuit QuickBooks data using custom templates.
b) LiveCycle Designer ES is not part of the Adobe Acrobat family and so is not covered here, but is bundled in Acrobat Pro and Extended because it far exceeds the features of Acrobat's integrated AcroForms and is the application of choice for advanced forms designers.
There is little here for those seeking Acrobat certification except to acquaint with new and enhanced features of Acrobat 9, which can be learned from Adobe's website. It is well-edited for proper spelling and grammar, which is always welcome for IT books, and the layout is lively and easy to follow, as expected from Adobe. A good book for beginners.
I have a background in professional training. I found the book to be orderly and very easy to read and comprehend. If you do exactly what it says to do, START AT THE BEGINNING, and do a lesson at a time it walks you right through the process of creating and converting and combining documents into PDFs.
Chapters 1-8 were the meat of the training that I needed. Chapters 9-15 are extra gravy. Having used the product now for about a month I'm pretty fluent in creating PDFs from documents I create, from photos I have scanned, and from emails and web pages I send and visit. The nice thing is that we're really trying to cut down on paper and ink use to save some money in the business. By turning all of our receipts and invoices into PDFs we can save 100% of our business data electronically as PDFs now. That has really streamlined invoicing and end of month posting cuz we can do it all right off the computer screen now without having mountains of paper to push around to figure out what's what with every sale and invoice.
This book was essential to helping us understand how to EASILY get moving with making PDFs. Now that we have more confidence in how the program works we're experimenting with the toolbars to see the other functionality that the software has so we can jazz up these documents when we create them. Honestly, using Adobe 9 has been a bit of fun, and it's the lessons in the book that showed us how to get there in short order. It's an easy read. Just be patient and do the lessons as they have layed out for you, and you'll be humming along with Adobe 9 too.
We gave the book 4 stars out of 5 cuz now that we're using the software we can see there are a few other things it would have been nice to know ahead of time. But no one book covers everything either. We did use the CD that comes with the book but after the first few lessons it was easy to see that basically the CD provides some finished PDFs that you simply pull from a directory, open, then close again, to get you into the habit of opening, combining, and closing the PDFs when working in the different chapters. The CD is a nice way to make the whole process of learning friendlier so don't be afraid to install the CD on your computer and use it exactly the way they tell you to use it. It's simple and it works.
Cheers! J. Lemke.
Adobe Acrobat 9, Classroom in a Book covers the Standard, Pro and Pro Extended versions. Adobe claims Acrobat 9 is 200-400 times faster than previous versions. That's a bit difficult to digest, but the book is the same old speed. You know, the speed that your old noggin is running on any particular day.
I am a long-time and enthusiastic Acrobat user and I love the Classroom in a Book series because it is a quick and efficient way to get up to speed on new features and Acrobat 9 has plenty of those. It's also a marvelous way to review any feature that you might be a little rusty on. Most of us use software within certain parameters of our jobs and we're really good at those. The rub comes when you have to come up with something new and unfamiliar. Enter Classroom in a Book. Pull it off the shelf, find the skill you want to learn, insert the lesson CD that comes with the book and follow along. In no time, you'll be ready to competently and confidently start your own project.
An area of great interest to me is pulling together a multimedia promotional portfolio. Covered on page 96 of this ten-chapter, 368-page book, I pulled up the Chapter 5 Aquo_Fin file and followed the instructions. It's very handy to use the same files to follow the lesson. I found it to be very helpful and PDF Portfolio is a feature I now use often.
You can't go wrong with the Classroom in a Book series. The quicker you can get yourself up to speed on an application, the happier and more productive you'll be. "Adobe Acrobat 9, Classroom in a Book" should be your first stop on your way to fully utilizing your software.