I just bought and installed creative suite 5.5 Design Standard (Student and Teacher Edition) for the first time today.
How can can I create pdf files directly with Acrobat?
How can I change or edit uploaded pdf files?
I am having difficulties doing the two basic things above. Can someone help out? Thank you!
--| How can can I create pdf files directly with Acrobat?
That's something of an open-ended question as to answer it appropriately would cover alot of territory.
Best is to start with some sustained self-study.
First, go to Acrobat's online Help's "Create PDF" section. Invest the time in reading through all of the related "pages".
This will give you, at the least, a good sense of what to do and to practice.
Second, take the time to view the online tutorials Adobe's Acrobat team have provided.
There are two excellent sources for this.
#2 at Acrobat Users Learning Center: http://acrobatusers.com/tutorials
Third, look into online courses (several sites provide training) and books.
--| How can I change or edit uploaded pdf files?
Well --- Short answer is you don't.
First, it is (for a number of reasons) easier to "edit" something on the local machine rather than in "production" (i.e., the web server where the file has been uploaded).
Second, PDF is *not* a file format that supports edit — format — layout such as we are used to when using a word processor, text editor, or page layout application.
Reading the ISO Standard for PDF (ISO 32000-1) helps one to understand the "why" of it all.
With that said, Acrobat does support *MINOR* touchups of PDF page content (such as text).
However, going past "minor" can gobber a PDF and the threshold is not very high.
With Acrobat X one would use the "Edit Text" tool.
With Acrobat 9, 8, or 7 one would use the "Touchup Text" tool.
Same "tool" different name.
Many thanks for your detail response and for the links.
Frankly, I had bought the program thinking I can easily create PDF with acrobat and also be able to edit PDF files with the program. From your explanation above, it seems those two simple funtions are a major challenge. I am a little dissapointed. I am going to read the contents of the links you have provided, but may I ask if there is a good program on the market that I could use to upload a PDF file for editing before reconverting or saving in PDF?
My problem is that often I do not have access to the server where the file originated. So what can I do in this case?
---| ...easily create PDF with Acrobat
For this task you've the "best of class" — me, a bias? -- not at all 8^)
No challenge at all.
Some useful links that identify file formats supported by Acrobat and Acrobat's PDFMaker.
---| ...edit PDF files
As previously mentioned "editing" is not what PDF is about.
However, minor touchups are possible.
---| ... upload a PDF file for editing before reconverting or saving in PDF
Ahhh... the wording here has me a little confused.
Anyway, supposing you have a PDF of content other than a scanned image available on the local machine you could Save As (Acrobat X) or Export (Acrobat 9, 8) to a Word file for any non-minor editing. Note that for optimal preservation of layout, format, etc. the PDF needs to be a reasonably well-formed Tagged PDF.
Post clean up in Word you'd create a fresh PDF using Acrobat.
If you have a PDF of a scanned image of text you could use Acrobat's Clearscan.
David Mankins presentation touches on use of Clearscan and may be helpful. See: http://acrobatusers.com/tutorials/scanning-and-ocr
On the other hand; it the file is other than PDF and is a supported file format you'd work this file then convert it to PDF.
---| ... upload a PDF
(to a web server, yes?) Provided you have file creation permissions to a web or network server you have a number of options.
To mention a few:
FTP (with an FTP program or Internet Explorer); copy-paste from the local machine to the server space; use the upload a file feature if using a web services.
---| ... do not have access to the server
When this happens there is not a thing you can do but wait until access is available.