What’s New in Adobe Acrobat 9

What’s New in Adobe Acrobat 9
In the last article, we discussed the new AcrobatR 9 PDF Portfolio feature. Now that I have impressed you with just that one new feature, it’s time to WOW you with a few more.

Webpage Capture
One thing that I do almost every day is convert a webpage to a PDF. When I am browsing the web for article ideas, I find that a PDF of a webpage is much more meaningful to me than just a bookmark link. I can tell at a glance just what there was about that webpage, or the entire website, that I thought my readers would find interesting. When this feature was introduced in Acrobat a few versions ago, it did have its limitations. Depending on the webpage that you were trying to convert to PDF, you could get some unpredictable results. With Acrobat 9, the process has been greatly improved. Not only is the webpage duplicated more accurately, but any multimedia files included on the webpage also become working parts of the PDF. One new tool for this new feature is the Advanced Selection tool which is available when using the Internet Explorer browser. With this tool, you can select parts of a webpage to convert to PDF. As you pass your mouse over each section of text, image or other object on a webpage, a red border appears around that object. When you click on the object, the border changes to blue indicating that object has been selected. Once you have selected all the items that you wish to document from the webpage, you can convert only those objects into one PDF. One nice time saver is the Convert and Email option, which converts the webpage, opens an email message window and adds the PDF to the email as an attachment.

Export PDF as Text
For some time, we have been able to convert any document created in another application into a PDF simply by using the application’s print function and the Adobe PDF converter. The list of these applications is quite lengthy including Autodesk® AutoCAD®, Publisher, PowerPoint, Outlook, Microsoft Word and Excel. However, now we can go the other way and convert a PDF back into a rich text or word document for additional editing. Can you imagine how many times this feature will come in handy? Anyone who uses the same content in several ways such as online, print, presentations, comps and more, will appreciate this new feature. Other ways that you can export a PDF include XML, HTML, Image, PostScript, PDF/A, PDF/X and PDF/E.

Convert Email to PDF
Just this weekend, I had a big problem with my email client. All of the emails in my Sent folder just disappeared. Now I have no record of my past correspondence. If I only had Acrobat 9 and its PDFMaker, I could have converted those messages into a PDF Portfolio as a backup. With the new PDFMaker, you can convert a single email or an entire folder of messages into a PDF Portfolio. Each message in the folder can then be viewed as a single PDF, while conveniently archived together in one file.

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