Session Description

May 16, 2006
Pre-conference sessions

9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Separate registration required .

Also see the post-conference sessions May 19.

Acrobat from A to Z

Led by Acrobat expert and author Ted Padova, this session leads you through the many tools, techniques and possibilities available within the current version of Acrobat. Padova is the author of the PDF Bible and shares a wealth of information with you in this seminar.

JavaScript for Adobe Acrobat

JavaScript is used to extend the capabilities of Acrobat and PDF far beyond what is available in Acrobat’s user interface, and is the only way to provide many interactive features. In order to take advantage of this rich functionality it is important to understand the fundamentals and have key examples to work from. The first part of this class will be devoted to providing the attendees with a foundation in Acrobat JavaScript, it’s history, scope, usage model, and structure. The second part of the class will cover several practical examples and introduce XFA (LiveCycle Designer) JavaScript.

* What you can and can’t do with Acrobat JavaScript
* How to setup Acrobat for JavaScript Development
* The Acrobat DOM, i.e. the structure of JavaScript in Acrobat
* How JavaScript code is entered into and executed in Acrobat
* Several common and practical examples
* The basics of using JavaScript in LiveCycle Designer.

Everything you wanted to know about PDF but were afraid to ask.

In this half-day pre-conference session geared for all levels of PDF users, former Adobe Systems programmer Leonard Rosenthol. brings you up-to-speed on the inner workings of the PDF file format. From the graphics and text that appear on the page, to interactive elements and form fields, Leonard covers it all. Whether you are a beginner at PDF creation or an expert in the field, you’ll walk away from this session learning Everything You Wanted to Know About PDF but Were Afraid to Ask.

User Track: May 17-18

Adobe Acrobat: Essential features, tips, and tools

With each new release of Adobe Acrobat, the capabilities grow, change, and evolve. In this session you’ll learn the hottest features in Acrobat that save you time, make your more productive and allow you to create better PDF documents. This session is led by noted Acrobat expert Ted Padova, who spends his days and nights keeping up with all of the latest Acrobat tools and techniques – and he’ll share a wealth of knowledge with you in this information packed session.

Expanding PDF with Adobe LiveCycle Reader Extensions

This session is presented by Chris Pieper. With an audience of more than 500 million users, you can share PDF forms that allow readers to save and submit PDF forms using the universal (and free) Adobe Reader. Adobe’s LiveCycle Reader Extensions represent a powerful technology that many PDF users have little or no knowledge of.

LiveCycle Reader Extensions allow organizations to unlock advanced forms-processing features within the free and ubiquitous Acrobat Reader software at no extra cost to end-users. When a rights-enabled PDF document is opened, users can access advanced features such as digital signatures, and offline save. Once the document is submitted or closed, these special rights are disabled until the user receives another rights-enabled PDF file.

So what are Reader Extensions and what can it do for me? Discover the eleven different rights that can be enabled in a PDF document – including local save, e-mail and digital signatures. In this presentation we will cover the basics as well as the “trick and tips.” Explore your options including, server installs vs. SaaS (Software as a Service); between subscription pricing and licensed fees. A “Step-By-Step Guide To Cost Effectively Deploying Intelligent PDF Forms With Adobe Reader Extensions” is provided to all participants.

Adobe PDF Forms: Adobe Acrobat & Adobe LiveCycle Designer- choosing the right tool

This session presented by Larry Happy. Adobe Acrobat includes the powerful PDF form creation tool, Adobe LiveCycle Designer. In this session you’ll explore the differences between the Acrobat Forms capabilities of Adobe Acrobat and the forms created using Adobe Designer. You gain an understanding of when you’ll want to use Adobe Designer and when to use the Adobe Acrobat to create comprehensive PDF forms that capture and submit data in a familiar looking Adobe PDF format.

Creating online database-connected PDF Forms for data submission and presentation.

PDF forms are now available on many web sites for downloading and filling, and that’s a great way to used Acrobat technology. Unfortunately, most of these forms cannot be locally saved after filling them out. One easy solution is to add a “submit” button to the forms so that they can be saved on the web site server. The fill data can then be automatically inserted into database tables for immediate processing, and PDF copies of the filled forms can be emailed as needed. This presentation reveals the technical issues involved in implementing an affordable PDF and HTML forms data collection and retrieval system, and show examples of successful real-world PDF forms systems used today within industry and government.

Advanced PDF Security: Digital Rights Management of PDF

The standard security settings of Adobe Acrobat are the starting point for securing Adobe PDF files. This session explores methods of generating highly secured PDF files and explores ways in which businesses use secured PDF as a critical component of their business model.

Advanced Acrobat tips and techniques

This session is presented by Ted Padova. If you want to go beyond the basics with Acrobat and understand its advanced features, this session is for you. Led by Acrobat author and expert Ted Padova , you’ll find many ways to become more efficient with Acrobat 7.

Creating the right PDF for your needs: settings and options for generating viable PDF files

Options abound when creating a PDF file. Whether creating a PDF file from a Microsoft Office document, a scan, or a graphics package – the options you choose impact quality, file size, security, and editability. In this session you’ll discover the settings you need to create optimized PDF files for distribution around your office or on the Internet. You’ll gain an understanding of the trade-offs that may need to be made to reduce file size, and options that impact the ability of viewers to open the document you create. You’ll see how not all PDF files are the same, and leave with an understanding of how to get the right type of PDF to meet your needs every time you create a PDF document.

Review and Markup workflow with Adobe Acrobat

This session presented by Christopher Smith. In this session you’ll discover the expanded review, markup and commenting capabilities of the latest release of Adobe Acrobat. Discover valuable methods for establishing and managing PDF based reviews, including enabling users with the free Adobe Reader to participate in electronic reviews.

Technical Track: May 17-18

What’s inside a PDF?

Presented by Leonard Rosenthol. If you wear a propeller-hat (even secretly), this technical session gets under-the-hood of a PDF file with developer extraordinaire Leonard Rosenthol . You’ll explore the structure and functionality of the PDF file format, gaining a better understanding of all that is and can be included within a PDF.

PDF Accessibility and Section 508

This session presented by Duff Johnson. The release of Acrobat 5 in early 2001 added reading-order and logical structure as available features of PDF content. This change made possible PDFs that performed well on disabled users’ Assistive Technology (AT), as well as delivering high-quality reflowed text on screen, on mobile devices, and when processed through text-to-speech (TTS) technology. Creating accessible PDF is no accident – it’s the product of a deliberate process.  Five years and two major Acrobat versions later, PDF accessibility remains poorly understood, even as assistive technology, mobile devices and TTS software proliferate.  Section 508 and similar initiatives are forcing government and government contractors to pay attention. Increasingly, accessible PDF is something every document creator needs to understand.  Happily, the tools  for managing accessibility have improved dramatically in Acrobat 7.

This session includes:
• Elements of PDF accessibility
• Authoring and layout, the accessibility basics
• The relationship between reading-order and logical order
• Tags, Reflow Mode, Read Out Loud
• Screen-reader demonstration
• Questions and Answers

Acrobat JavaScript tools and techniques

Presented by Thom Parker. JavaScript is the “control language” for Acrobat. Originally used to provide simple interactive forms functionality it has grown into a fully functional PDF application development language, far beyond any mere forms technology. It boasts features for controlling multimedia, document navigation, internet access, advance user interface controls like menus and dialog boxes, and much more. This session provides an introduction into the Acrobat JavaScript world. The topics covered are the history and future of JavaScript in Acrobat, what can and can’t be done with JavaScript, how the JavaScript objects are structured and accessed, and some real world examples. The presentation slides are a PDF document containing many live JavaScript examples that attendees will take home with them.

PDF/A: Archiving with PDF

Presented by Leonard Rosenthol. PDF / A is working its way towards becoming an international standard that defines the use of the Portable Document Format (PDF) for archiving and preserving documents. Learn more about this initiative and standards for archiving documents while ensuring preservation of their contents and the efforts to ensure that they can be retrieved and rendered with a consistently and predictably when accessed in the future. This international effort involves government , education, and private industry.

Building dynamic, database driven PDF forms

Presented by Thom Parker. Take PDF forms to the next level by though database connectivity. Discover various methods and supported standards for populating PDF forms and for sending and receiving data. This session demonstrates the implementation details of two of the most useful features, of LiveCycle PDF forms: dynamic fields and real-time database connectivity. We’ll use Adobe LiveCycle Designer to build a simple order form from the ground up. This form will use a database to pre-populate portions of the form, use fields that grow with their contents, and add new “line items” at the user’s request. Some features are added entirely from the user interface and some require the use of JavaScript. Essential implementation details and potential pitfalls will be covered.

XPS: implications for PDF

Presented by Martin Bailey. XPS, the new printing technology being developed by Microsoft with assistance from Global Graphics has broad implications for PDF developers and users alike. Based upon an XML foundation it enables the creation of portable, graphically rich documents that can be shared much like PDF. But XPS is also a printing spool format which may allow for a more rich set of content to get passed through to PDF files you create. Learn more about XPS and how it impacts PDF in this informative session.

Tools for automating PDF Creation

Presented by Tim Sullivan. If PDF is your destination, the road you travel to reach it can vary. Discover solutions that can automate and manage the process to efficiently create large volumes of PDF files from electronic and paper documents.

PDF in Engineering: Standards and regulatory hurdles

This session discusses the status of the ISO standard for using PDF in Engineering drawings, including an overview of the standard and its relevance. The session includes tips, shortcuts, and best practices, for using Acrobat in the engineering workflow. While keeping the PDF/E, and PDF/A standards in mind.

The session also covers the two currently accepted formats of using Digital signatures for submission of engineering documents to regulatory agencies, and how to create custom engineering PDF stamps. You’ll also learn about the ongoing effort to gain regulatory agency acceptance of electronically created engineering seals and digital signatures and learn which methods will satisfy both the standard, and the regulatory agencies.

Graphics & Creative Track: May 17-18

Reliable Print Production with Adobe Acrobat – parts 1 and 2

This “double-live” session is lead by Dov Isaacs, Principal Scientist in the Print Workflow Products Group, Adobe Systems Incorporated.

Recent versions of popular publishing and graphics arts software from Adobe and other software vendors have clearly emphasized PDF over PostScript as the publishing workflow of choice. However, content, format, processing, and PDF generation option decisions made by both the creative and the prepress professionals can make a tremendous difference between success and failure of PDF workflows for print publishing.

These sessions introduce general principles of and examine specific issues associated with the successful creation, use, as well as repurposing of “display and especially print everywhere and anywhere” PDF. We will also attempt to debunk popular myths and urban legends with regards to PDF workflows and reconcile these principles and facts-of-graphics-life with emerging, popular PDF standards and restrictive subsets of such standards.

Preflighting & Editing: tools for checking and correcting PDF files

This session presented by Larry Happy. With hundreds of ways to generate PDF files, how can you be certain you’ve created or received a file that meets your needs – whether for high quality printing or electronic distribution? And if you’ve received a file with errors, what are your options to change the content? This sessions explores the expanded checking and correcting tools available within Adobe Acrobat along with third-party software tools that allow for PDF validation, correction, and editing.

QuarkXPress and PDF

This session presented by Dave Ebersole of Quark, Inc. This session explores the expanded capabilities of working with PDF as both an import and export format from QuarkXPress. Gain an understanding of the integrated PDF generation capabilities of QuarkXPress and how to successfully apply them to generate the quality you need. Additionally, this session looks at new capabilities that impact PDF output, including the use of transparency.

Case Study: Adopting PDF for high volume catalog production

Presented by Luis Mendes. Producing multiple catalogs with updated content for a variety of clients and a sales force is a challenge Staples, Inc. faces on a daily basis. As production manager for the catalogs group and Staples, Luis Mendes makes sure that catalogs are accurate, on-time, and can be imaged by their printing sources. Discover the reason behind their conversion to PDF for print distribution, and the tools they use to make it happen.

Using Job Definition Format (JDF) to enhance PDF workflow

Presented by Lisa Forrester. This session explores the open, multi-vendor electronic job ticket, known as JDF (Job Definition Format). Using Adobe Creative Suite 2 you will understand how to carry a print job from its inception through completion. We will cover workflows for the service provider and for the designer. Discover how a service provider can start a JDF from scratch in Acrobat and then pass the template to the designer to attach all the job’s assets, such as Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign and Font files. You will see how to specify Distiller settings as well as check for proper Preflight requirements as the job is being delivered via JDF delivery options.

The session includes:
• What is JDF and how does it communicate?
• What are the benefits of the workflow?
• How to start the JDF workflow?
• How your PDF workflow provides a foundation for implementing JDF.

Enhancing PDF with multimedia

This session presented by Bob Connolly. Books, brochures, magazines, training manuals, flyers, catalogues, corporate reports, newletters, bios and many other printed documents can be formatted for download via the internet. Instead of endlessly surfing a web site to find the information you require, you can “Build your Brochure” and just download the whole site as an interactive eZIne to read offline.

Utilizing the Adobe PDF (Portable Document Format) worldwide standard, that is currently installed on over half a billion computers, learn how BC Pictures creates interactive “Rich Media” PDF documents that open full screen, and contain video, virtual reality tours, music, interactive forms and advertising linked to shopping carts for online merchandise ordering. Bob Connolly will share his insights on how traditional print publishing companies can repurpose their material for broadband internet delivery for viewing on a computer monitor.

Color Management and PDF

Presented by Leonard Rosenthol. This session explores the color management options available within Adobe Acrobat and helps you understand how color management profiles can be applied, how to avoid double-profiling and discusses best practices for using color management when creating and printing PDF files: whether for use on your color copier or created for commercial print distribution.

May 19, 2006
Post-conference sessions

9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Separate registration required

Creating Rich Interactive Documents with PDF

Creating Rich Interactive Documents : Discover how to create interactive “Rich Media” PDF documents that open full screen, and contain video, virtual reality tours, music, interactive forms and even advertising linked to shopping carts for online merchandise ordering. You’ll gain an understanding of both interactive design techniques and the tools used to build these dynamic PDF documents. Presented by multimedia and PDF expert Bob Connolly.

Acrobat 7 Developer Tools Workshop

This pre-conference seminar is presented by Leonard Rosenthol and introduces developers to the new features and technologies of Acrobat and the PDF file format, and how to use the improved Acrobat SDK to deliver powerful solutions quickly to customers. You will be exposed to Optional Content Groups, XML-based forms, Multimedia, PrePress enhancements and more. In addition to changes for plug-in developers, developers using IAC, COM and JavaScript will also learn about the improvements in those areas. Previous programming experience is helpful. This section is instructor led in a lecture-style setting.

Creating PDF Forms with Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Designer (Hands-on)

Presented by Adobe certified forms expert Larry Happy. In this full-day hands-on session, you’ll discover how to expand your use of PDF to include interactive PDF forms for collecting and capturing data while maintaining the look and feel of original paper documents. This session explores the tools available within Acrobat and Adobe LiveCycle Designer for establishing form fields, radio buttons, menus. Additionally, you’ll discover methods for creating effective form design and tips for more easily handling large form design projects involving repetitive fields, and how to establish validation and submission options for PDF forms.

Sessions schedule subject to change.

Comments are closed.