Adobe Acrobat

Additional Resources for our Adobe Acrobat & Scanning Workshop:


Rutgers University Software Portal: Rutgers faculty, staff, and students can buy discounted Adobe software here! (NetID required)


Resources for Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Reader:


Resources for PDFs in General:

  • Planet PDF: A comprehensive resource for PDF tips, software, and forums for all levels of users.
  • PDFzone: Articles on advanced topics in electronic document management.
  • The PDF Blog: PDF news, information, and user tips

Scanning and PDFs:


Conversion Tools and Issues:

  • Create PDF: Convert up to 5 files to PDF online for free.
  • PDF Conversion Central: How to convert a variety of file formats to and from PDF
  • PDFConverter.com: Tool to create PDFs or convert from PDF to Word, Powerpoint or Excel, includes both free and paid versions.
  • Zamzar: Free on-line file conversion among a variety of formats, including PDF
  • PDF Download: Free bookmarklet that converts web pages to PDF. May produce more accurate page layout than you would get by using the "print to PDF" option in your browser. Works with Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Google Chrome, and Opera.
  • PDF to Word (beta): Free on-line tool to convert PDF to .doc or .rtf
  • Microsoft Office 2007 Add-in: Save as PDF: Install this add-in to Office 2007 to enable saving your files as PDFs without the need to purchase and install Adobe Acrobat.
  • PDF vs. Word (.doc): When To Use Each: Each format has its strengths and limitations. This article helps you to figure out which one will best suit your needs. See also Electronic Data Processing: Word vs. PDF.
  • PDF to HTML (web page): Free web site that converts your PDF to a ".html" file for use on the web or in ebooks.
  • "Avoid PDF for Screen Reading": Article by usability expert Jakob Nielsen discussing the drawbacks of PDF, and when it is acceptable to use PDF files on web sites

PDF Portfolios in Acrobat 9.0

Portfolios are new to Acrobat 9.0. You can NOT create a portfolio in Acrobat 8.0 or earlier versions.


Accessibility for People with Disabilities:


      PDF Security:

        • Adobe Acrobat 8 Security Guide Download file "Adobe Acrobat 8 Security Guide.pdf"


          PDF/A (Archival Quality PDFs):

          N.B. All theses and dissertations uploaded to the Rutgers Electronic Theses and Dissertations site (RUetd) should be in PDF/A format. The Rutgers Libraries have a tutorial on how to save your thesis or dissertation as PDF/A.

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