Adobe Acrobat and the PDF format exist in an estimated 2.5 trillion files around the world.
Businesses, governments, and normal users share and print the popular file format because it looks the same on every device. No matter the operating system or platform, Adobe Acrobat’s PDF files always remain the same.
This article shares some Adobe basics by looking at the platform in depth.
Read on for PDF tips like how to make a file using Acrobat and other free alternatives. Learn how to create editable PDFs through third-party software tools. And discover some Adobe tricks that you probably don’t know exist.
What Is Adobe Acrobat?
The engineers in Adobe had a great idea back in the 1990s.
They dreamed of a file format that would look the same on any operating system and could be shared on the emerging Internet network. It would also print in such a way that it remained identical to the digital copy.
That dream became a reality in 1993 with the release of the PDF format and Adobe Acrobat, the software used to create it.
The first version of the Adobe Acrobat application included features such as:
- Internal links and bookmarks
- Embedding images and fonts
- Password security features
PDFs also supported a searching facility and multimedia support.
Companies soon saw the benefits of the software and wanted to use PDFs within their own organizations. Unfortunately, the first release of Acrobat was priced at $2,495!
Today, there are many other options to create a Portable Document Format file rather than just Acrobat. You can export a PDF from Microsoft Word or use third-party ASPX PDF tools to create them from code.
Editable or fillable PDF files make the format even more useful as users can enter data directly into the file.
One of the main reasons why larger companies use Adobe Acrobat is to batch process files.
You can achieve the same results using a third-party library but if you need a GUI interface then keep reading.
To add a watermark to multiple PDF pages, click on the Tools menu then Watermark. Select one or more files from your computer and an ‘Add Watermark’ dialog will open. Here, you can choose:
- Custom text
- Font and size
- The angle of the watermark
- Transparency and color
Add a margin if you wish and save. Your settings will apply to any PDFs you create later.
Follow these steps to create a simple PDF from any web page using the Print to PDF feature.
Open a browser like Chrome or the latest version of Edge and navigate to a website. Next, click on the options button at the top right and select Print.
You’ll see a preview of the page with a dropdown list of available printers. Click on that list and an option to print or save as a PDF will appear.
Select that and click Print. Choose the destination and the browser will do the rest!
More Adobe Basics Tips and Tricks
These Adobe basics will help you to create better PDFs to share and print online.
Because the popular format is now more open, you can build editable PDFs on the fly. Making use of third-party libraries in web languages like ASPX makes this task even easier.
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