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InDesign and Acrobat: PDF Partners

InDesign Magazine issue 134: InDesign and AcrobatThis article appeared in Issue 134 of InDesign Magazine.

While the applications can be used independently, you’ll gain powerful advantages by using the two of them together.

In the early days of desktop computing, PDF and Adobe Acrobat paved the way for documents to be created, viewed, and printed with fidelity across platforms. We take it for granted today, but in 1992 this idea was revolutionary. Some folks insisted it couldn’t be done. Happily, it was, and over the years, Acrobat was developed to fully exploit the capabilities of PDF. To this day, no other application provides the range of creation, editing, exchange, presentation and printing/preflighting capabilities that Acrobat has.

Developed just a few years later, Adobe InDesign fully supported the creation and import of PDF, and has developed a rich partnership with its elder software sibling. While each program can be used independently, you’ll gain powerful advantages by using the two of them together.

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Steve Werner is a trainer, consultant, and co-author (with David Blatner and Christopher Smith) of InDesign for QuarkXPress Users and Moving to InDesign. He has worked in the graphic arts industry for more than 20 years and was the training manager for ten years at Rapid Lasergraphics. He has taught computer graphics classes since 1988.
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