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Old 04-04-2005, 07:03 AM   #1
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I read a review this morning of Adobe Acrobat 7, which comes in a "Standard" version and a more-expensive "Professional" version.

Unfortunately, the reviewer didn't discuss the differences between the two versions of Acrobat--other than to suggest using the "Professional" version if you have a heavy production load.

I've been producing 3-color newsletters for a number of customers for years, using a commercial print shop to do typesetting, etc.

I know how to use MS Publisher to produce simple newsletters. I've been thinking of marketing a 1-stop service to potential customers. I would create the entire newsletter and simply send it as a PDF file to my commercial print shop for printing.

That's the plan. However, before attempting this I need to find out first if Acrobat 7 handles MS Publisher files, and whether or not I would need the "Standard" or "Professional" version.

I'd appreciate any suggestions. Thanks.

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Old 04-04-2005, 10:30 AM   #2
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Bill,

The differences between Standard and Pro are mostly in the area of adding/modifying fields and related tasks. As for handling conversions from MS Publisher, both should work fine.

FWIW; end users with only Reader can add and save comments to PDFs when they were created and enabled with the Pro version. Not so with Standard.

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Old 04-04-2005, 01:14 PM   #3
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Thanks, Clark. Sounds like the Standard version of Acrobat will do the job. I thought perhaps the Professional version might be necessary for production by my commercial printer-- offering better quality, etc. (??)

If the Standard version will allow me to convert MS Publisher files to a PDF format that can be e-mailed and used by my commercial printer, then there wouldn't be any reason to buy the higher-priced Professional version.

I've never used Acrobat. Is there a steep learning curve?

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Hi Bill,

For what I understand you want to do then making a PDF is the same a printing to paper, except you select the PDF printer. There are lots of other things you can do but, again for what I hear you typing, your learning curve should end with the software installation.

One note though, if you are on a Wintel platform and color is critical, then you may be disappointed. Wintel platforms are RGB while commercial printers, and MacIntosh, are CMYK. There are things you can do to insure color so don't hesitate to ask if you need more information.

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Bill, if you drill down on the adobe web site you'll find comparative features on the versions. Best place to get specifics.
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Thanks very much, Clark. I'll be sure to ask as you suggest. The DTP Forum has been a great resource--especially for people like me who are primarily editors and writers. Sometimes I think I know just enough about production to get myself in trouble. <s>

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Thanks, Groucho. I'll take a look. Hopefully, they'll have a FAQ section.

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If you do work designed for press, get the professional version. If I recall correctly, preflighting and color separation previews are available only in Acrobat Pro. Version 7 has added ability to create forms and send documents with commenting enabled for users of Reader 7.

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