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February 9, 2011

Acrobat PDF Tutorial

Here is an Adobe Acrobat PDF Tutorial, from the University of Texas, that shows you how to create PDF files using various methods and also how to edit these files. PDF stands for portable document format. A portable document format (PDF) can be read on any computer and any platform (Windows, Mac, Unix). There are a variety of programs which read PDFs, the most common being Adobe applications such as Adobe Acrobat Professional, Adobe Reader, Adobe Designer. PDFs are particularly useful for those in the information fields.  Once a file or document is converted to a PDF, the “look” is preserved exactly as it was intended. This PDF tutorial is also available in pdf format here: PDF Tutorial (12 pages, 481kb).

Tutorial Objectives:

1) You will learn several ways to create static PDFs.  You can:
       – create a PDF by converting a file
       - create PDF by converting multiple files
       - create PDF by converting a website
       - create PDF by scanning a document

2) You will learn basic editing tools in Adobe Acrobat Pro.

Contents of this PDF Tutorial:

Create From One File

Create From Multiple Files

Create by Converting a Website

Create by Scanning a Document

Editing a PDF


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February 1, 2011

61 Adobe Acrobat 9 Tutorials

Here are 61 of the latest Adobe Acrobat 9 Tutorials, hosted by Adobe. These Acrobat tutorials will show you how to use Acrobat more effectively, become more productive with it; and you’ll learn how to make the most of Acrobat’s tools and features. The “Getting Started” tutorials will help you to get up to speed with Acrobat, and the “Learn More” section will help you if you are a more experienced user. These tutorials are in video and pdf format. Tuttorials marked with an asterisk* are available only in Adobe Video Workshop, to locate these videos click the link to open Video Workshop, choose Acrobat 9 Family from the Select A Product list, and scroll through the Title list.

Acrobat 9 Tutorials Table of Contents:

Getting Started

Introduction and PDF workflows:
 - Introducing Acrobat 9 Pro
 - What is Acrobat?
 - Sharing your ideas
 - Working with others
 - Simplifying form creation
 - Business workflow
 - Creative workflow

Creating PDFs:
 - Creating PDFs from 2D content
 - Creating PDFs from 3D content*
 - Combining documents into a single PDF
 - Creating PDFs from window capture, screen capture or selection
 - Web capture & compare
 - Achieving accurate content in your PDF
 - Ensuring your PDF conforms to a PDF standard
 - Overview of PDF Portfolios
 - Customizing a PDF Portfolio template
 - Combining files into a PDF Portfolio
 - Enabling usage rights for Adobe Reader

Editing PDFs:
 - Editing/updating files within a PDF Portfolio
 - Adding headers/footers to your PDF documents
 - Adding watermarks to your PDF documents
 - Optimizing your PDF document

Learn More

Creating and editing PDFs—advanced techniques:
 - Comparing two PDF documents
 - Working with layers
 - Bates numbering
 - Using batch processing to automate tasks in Acrobat*
 - Archiving e-mails as PDF from Microsoft Outlook*
 - Working with geospatially-enabled PDFs
 - Scan & OCR—paper to PDF*
 - Using Adobe Presenter to augment PPT presentations

Working with forms:
 - Creating basic fillable forms (using Form Wizard)
 - Automating form field creation
 - Understanding Acrobat Tracker for forms
 - Adding formatting and calculations to PDF forms*
 - Editing forms in Acrobat*
 - Acrobat and InDesign forms workflow

Adding multimedia and interactivity:
 - Adding interactivity to your PDF document (links and bookmarks)
 - Adding multimedia to your PDF document
 - Attaching a Flash widget to PDF documents
 - Insert Vvideo (i.e. FLV) into Word or PowerPoint through PDFMaker*

Collaboration, review, and commenting:
 - Document collaboration using shared reviews
 - Collaboration using shared reviews via
 - Co-navigating PDF documents using
 - Send documents for review by e-mail
 - Enable for commenting in Adobe Reader
 - Initiating a shared review using Microsoft SharePoint
 - Setting up Microsoft SharePoint for a shared review with Adobe Acrobat 9
 - Using familiar commenting tools
 - Commenting on video in Acrobat
 - Combining comments
 - Initiating a data collection workflow using*

 - Protecting your PDF using a password
 - Signing PDF files and creating appearances
 - Creating a self-signed digital ID
 - Using examine document to remove sensitive information
 - Remove sensitive information using redaction tools
 - Create secure attachments using security envelopes*

Exporting, printing, and sharing:
 - Exporting PDF files to Office formats
 - Printing documents
 - Preflighting for creative pros
 - Sharing your document on*

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January 12, 2011

70 Adobe Acrobat Tutorials

Here are 36 Adobe Acrobat 9 Tutorials and 34 Acrobat 8 Tutorials, from the University of Wisconsin. These tutorials teach the following Acrobat features: searching, printing, creating a pdf file, page thumbnails, bookmarks, text editing, comment and markups, spell checking, redacting, pdf forms, tabbing order, submit button, and capturing data.

Acrobat 9 Tutorials:


Creating PDF Files

Annotating a PDF File

Using the Redaction Tools

PDF Forms

Acrobat 8 Tutorials:

Creating PDF Files

Annotating a PDF File

PDF Forms

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November 3, 2009

3 Adobe Acrobat Tutorials

These 3 excellent Acrobat Tutorials at Health Science Center Training, University of Florida, will provide you understanding about how to use Adobe Acrobat 8 and its new features. Acrobat is a family of computer programs developed by Adobe Systems to create, view and manage PDF files. These Acrobat tutorials start with the basic features and cover more advanced ones, such as Forms. These Acrobat tutorials are in doc and pdf format and can be downloaded for later reference.

Acrobat 8 Fundamentals Tutorial  (746 Kb, 11 pages)
This tutorial discusses the basics of Adobe Acrobat 8 such as the creation of PDF documents, its user interface, the navigation pane, bookmarks and signatures. This tutorial also can be downloaded as pdf.

 - Getting Started
 - PDF Documents
 - Creating PDF Documents from Originating Applications
 - The Adobe Acrobat 8 Professional Interface
 - Toolbars
 - Navigation Pane
 - Creating PDF Documents from within Acrobat
 - Security
 - Signatures
 - Bookmarks
 - Working with pages
 - Editing Text and Images – Advanced Editing Toolbar
 - Comment and Markup

Acrobat 8 Forms Tutorial  (421 Kb, 15 pages)
This tutorial explains to users how to create forms, how to use the forms toolbar, creating spreadsheets from data files and submitting forms.

 - Forms
 - Creating forms
 - Forms Toolbar
 - Add Form Fields to the .pdf document
 - Form Field Characteristics
 - Creating multiples
 - Positioning and Aligning fields
 - Selecting Fields
 - Submit the Form
 - Returning the information by email – Users view
 - Create Spreadsheet from data files
 - Form Field Recognition

Acrobat 9 Fundamentals Tutorial  (421 Kb, 17 pages)
This tutorial presents users with the important features of Adobe Acrobat 9. These features include creating PDF documents, security features, the toolbars, editing text and images and creating headers and footers.

 - Getting Started
 - PDF Documents
 - Creating PDF Documents from Originating Applications
 - The Adobe Acrobat 9 Professional Interface
 - Toolbars
 - Navigation Pane
 - Creating PDF Documents from within Acrobat
 - Security
 - Signatures
 - Bookmarks
 - Working with pages
 - Editing Text and Images – Advanced Editing Toolbar
 - Comment and Markup
 - Creating Headers and Footers

Update Jan. 28, 2011:

Here is their Acrobat 9 Forms Tutorial, describing how to create forms, how to use the forms toolbar, creating spreadsheets from data files and submitting Acrobat forms.

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April 21, 2009

33 Adobe Acrobat Tutorials

Here are 33 Adobe Acrobat Tutorials at explains the intricacies of Adobe Acrobat. Acrobat is a series of programs from Adobe Systems that creates, manipulates, and manages files in Adobe’s native PDF format, which is their proprietary, but open, file format. These Adobe Acrobat Tutorials cover security, comment tools and comment management, color and output views and digital signatures. The design and creation of PDF documents within Adobe Distiller and InDesign is also discussed. Acrobat provides Interactive Forms that allow data entry, and this feature is discussed in detail here. Other features such as Live Collaboration, Custom Profiles and Custom Portfolio creation are explained with the use of video tutorials.

33 Adobe Acrobat Tutorials:

 - Adobe Acrobat Article Tool
 - Build a Better Portfolio with Adobe Acrobat
 - Customize Preflight Profiles with Acrobat
 - Managing Comments in Adobe Acrobat
 - Full Screen Slideshow in Adobe Acrobat
 - Acrobat 9 PDF Security
 - Bookmark Interactivity in Adobe Acrobat
 - Introduction to Acrobat’s Commenting Tools
 - Managing Bookmarks in Acrobat
 - Introduction to Using Bookmarks in Acrobat
 - PDF for Graphic Files Using Acrobat
 - Interactive Forms in Acrobat
 - Acrobat: Getting Into Form, Part 2
 - Distributing Forms with Acrobat
 - Acrobat 9: Output Preview and Color Conversion
 - Acrobat 9: Live Collaboration with ConnectNow
 - Acrobat 9: Creating Custom Portfolios
 - Acrobat 9: Adding Layers to PDF Documents
 - Getting into Form with Acrobat 8
 - Prepress-Perfect PDFs with Acrobat 8 Professional
 - Digital Signatures in Acrobat 8 Professional
 - Under Review in Adobe Acrobat
 - Getting into Form with Acrobat 8
 - Prepress-Perfect PDFs with Acrobat 8 Professional
 - Digital Signatures in Acrobat 8 Professional
 - Under Review in Adobe Acrobat
 - Using Acrobat 8 to Create PDFs within Distiller and InDesign
 - Customize the Adobe Acrobat 8 Interface
 - Access files quickly
 - Preview Color Separations On-Screen
 - Include Adobe Reader users in reviews
 - Reduce PDF file size
 - Transform any PDF document into a fillable form

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October 22, 2008

2 Training Manuals for Adobe Acrobat

Here are two Training Manuals for Adobe Acrobat, hosted by Villanova University. The first one teaches you how to create and work with Editable PDF Forms in Acrobat 7. The second one shows you how to use several of Acrobat’s advanced editing tools, including Crop Tool, Snapshot Tool, Headers and Footers, Adding Hyperlinks, Combining PDF Documents, Editing Text, and Page Commands .

Creating Editable PDF Forms in Acrobat 7.0
(10 pages, 57kb, pdf)

Contents of ‘Creating Editable PDF Forms in Acrobat’ Training Manual:
Getting Started
Creating the Adobe Form
   To insert a Text Field
   To insert a Check Box/Radio Button
   To insert a Combo Box or List Box (Combo Box is drop-down; List Box is scrollable)
   To insert a Button (Save Form, Print Form, Reset Form, Email Form)
   Aligning Fields by Size and Location
   Aligning fields to the same location (plane) on your form
Aligning fields to the same size on your form
Setting The Tab Order On Your Form
Saving and Testing Your Form
   Saving Your Form
   Testing Your Form
Editing Text On Your Form
   Using the TouchUp Text Tool
   Using the TouchUp Object Tool
What To Do If You Need To Redo Your Form
Creating Hyperlinks on Your Form
   To turn typed website addresses in your document into active hyperlinks
   To establish an individual link, including an email link from plain text

Using Acrobat’s Advanced Editing Tools
(13 pages, 328kb, pdf)

Contents of ‘Using Acrobat’s Advanced Editing Tools’ Training Manual:
Acrobat Professional vs. Acrobat Reader
Creating a PDF File
   Converting a File from Within MS Office Applications
Crop Tool
Snapshot Tool
Adding Headers and Footers
Adding a Hyperlink to an Acrobat Document
Combining Multiple PDF Documents
Editing Text in PDF Documents
Working with Page Commands in PDF Documents
Saving and Printing Acrobat Files

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May 7, 2008

42 Using PDF Files Tutorials and Articles

Here are 42 Using PDF Files Tutorials and Articles hosted by WikiHow. These PDF tutorials give you step-by-step instructions that show and teach you many ways to create, edit, work with, and use PDF files.

42 Tutorials on Using PDF Files:

 - Activate Email Addresses Inside PDF Documents
 - Attach a File to a PDF Document
 - Combine PDF Files Using Adobe Acrobat
 - Compress PDF Files
 - Convert a PDF File Using Solid Converter PDF Wizard Method
 - Copy and Paste PDF Content Into a New File
 - Create Backward Compatible PDFs
 - Create PDF Files
 - Create PDF Files from Any Windows Application
 - Create PDFs from Microsoft Word With Solid Converter PDF to Word
 - Create Usable Forms With Solid Converter PDF to Word
 - Create a Copy of a Page in a PDF Document
 - Create a PDF Document from IE Using Solid Print Software
 - Create a PDF File with OpenOffice
 - Crop Pages in a PDF Document
 - Display a PDF Document on a Sharepoint Sps2003 Portal Page
 - Drag and Drop Pages from a PDF Document Into Another PDF Document
 - Edit PDF Files in Linux Using GIMP
 - Edit PDF Files in Linux Using PDFEdit
 - Efficiently Select All the Text in a PDF Document
 - Email a Scanned Document
 - Extract Pages from a PDF Document to Create a New PDF Document
 - Fill out a PDF Form With PowerPoint
 - ighlight Text in a PDF Document
 - Load PDF Files Faster
 - Modify Font Properties of the Text in a PDF
 - Navigate Through a PDF Document
 - Organize Your PDF Documents
 - Perform a Drag and Drop Web Capture in Adobe Acrobat
 - Quickly Convert PDF to Word With Solid Converter PDF to Word
 - Rotate Pages in a PDF Document Using Adobe Acrobat
 - Search for a Word or Phrase in a PDF Document
 - Set the Opening View of a PDF in Acrobat Professional
 - Set up PDF Password Security With Solid Print PDF
 - Turn Documents Into PDFs for Free (Windows)
 - Use Tracker Software Products PDF XChange Viewer
 - Use the Hand Tool to Select Text in Acrobat 6
 - View a PDF Document in Full Screen View
 - Work With PDF Files
 - Work With Toolbars in Adobe Acrobat
 - Convert PDF to Image Files
 - Convert a PDF Image to Word

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December 28, 2007

16 eBooks and Books for Photoshop and more

Here are 16 ebooks and books available from covering Photoshop, Fireworks, Acrobat, Gimp, Illustrator, 3D Studio Max, and Dreamweaver. You can use 7-Zip to uncompress the .rar files.

Adobe Photoshop 6.0 Classroom In A Book (rar)
Adobe Photoshop 6.0 User Guide (pdf)
Adobe Photoshop Actions Catalog (pdf)
Adobe Photoshop Advanced Training (Html And pdf) (rar)
Photoshop ebook (Html) (rar)
Photoshop Handbook (Html) (rar)


Fireworks 4 ebook (pdf)


Acrobat 5 PDF ebook (2001) (pdf)
Adobe Acrobat 6 pdf ebook (2003) (pdf)

The Gimp User Manual (pdf)

Illustrator 7 ebook (pdf)

3D Studio Max
3D Studio Max 2 Tutorials (pdf)
3D Studio Max Platinum Tutorials (html) (rar)

Dreamweaver 3 ebook (pdf) (rar)
Dreamweaver 4 ebook (pdf)
Macromedia Dreamweaver 4 (pdf) (rar)

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September 13, 2007

Freely Available eBooks for Adobe Software

Here are links to freely available ebooks covering Adobe Software and Applications from This site bills itselfs as “A 100% free resource to hundreds of free ebook downloads from all over the web.”

Freely Available eBooks for Adobe Software

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October 9, 2006

Adobe Acrobat Workshop Tutorials

These Workshop Tutorials will teach you how to use Adobe Acrobat. Each Acrobat tutorial contains illustrated explanations and examples of the features being taught, followed by detailed learning activities. In the classes taught here you will learn the introductory and intermediate skills for using and understanding Acrobat’s features and functions. For reasons why creating PDF documents is a good idea, please see below

Adobe Acrobat Software Components:

  • Adobe Reader – freely distributed from, read and print PDF files
  • Acrobat - read, print, combine, annotate, and enhance PDF files
  • Acrobat Distiller – convert PostScript files to PDF files
  • Acrobat Paper Capture – convert scanned files to PDF
  • Acrobat Web Capture – create a PDF version of a web site or collection of web pages.
  • Acrobat Catalog – create a full-text index of a PDF collection

Adobe Acrobat Workshop Tutorials
  • Introduction to Acrobat Tutorial (20 pages, 267kb) 
    • Why Create PDF documents?
    • Different methods to create a PDF file
      • Print to the Distiller Printer Driver
      • Using PDFMaker Macro with Microsoft Word
      • Import an image file
    • Enhance a PDF file
    • Acrobat Toolbars
    • Acrobat Reader Tools
      • Scrolling and magnifying
      • Go to a Page
      • Find Tool
    • Bookmarks
    • Changing Text Attributes
    • Change Text Content
    • Adding and Modifying Hyperlinks
    • Pages
      • Insert pages
      • Delete pages
      • Renumber pages
      • Rotate pages
      • Crop pages
    • Preferences
    • Ways to Learn More about Acrobat
    • Introtoduction to Acrobat Data Files [zip]

  • Intermediate Acrobat Tutorial (17 pages, 143kb)
    • Forms: Format, Verify and Calculate
      • Calculate a total
    • Forms: Dates, Combo Boxes, Buttons, Tab Order
      • Date
      • Radio Buttons
      • Combo Box
      • Reset Button
      • Print Button
      • Tab Order
    • Graphics and Acrobat PDF files
      • Image Considerations
      • Compression Options
      • Sources for Images
      • Photographs
      • Screen Snapshots
      • Excel Charts: 3 Techniques
      • Line Drawings
    • Adding Media to a PDF File
      • Add a Sound Annotation
      • Add a Sound File via a Link
      • Sound Notes
    • Adding Annotations
    • Add a movie
    • Catalog Feature
    • Ways to Learn More about Acrobat
    • Intermediate Acrobat Data Files [zip]

Why create PDF documents?

  • A PDF file will look pretty much the same on other computers and print the same on printers other than the one that was used by the author.
  • Those who are reading the document do not have to have the original software used to create the file; they just need a copy of the freely distributed Adobe Reader software.
  • Adobe Acrobat PDF files are cross platform; this means that people who are using Macintosh, Windows, and Unix computers can all view and print the same PDF files.
  • Often, a PDF file is smaller than the original document used to create it.
  • Risk of virus transmission is much smaller when using PDF for document exchange via email as opposed to Microsoft Office files.
  • You can embed links to multimedia such as sound files and movie clips; color pictures can be easily and cheaply included.
  • If you complete a PDF form created by someone else, you can save the form for future use. You can export data from a saved form and import data to a new form.
  • With the Professional version of Acrobat, you can create your own forms that look like the originals; when opened in Adobe Reader, the user can complete the form and print it out-it will then appear as if the person used a typewriter.
Pre-Press: Adobe Acrobat PDF documents are useful for those who send their brochures, newsletters, journal articles, etc. off to be printed by a professional printing company or a publisher. The printer can send you back a PDF version of what the item will look like when it is published; this method is often faster and more accurate than paper drafts or page proofs. Some printers accept PDF files as the source material for their printing; the printer then doesn’t have to have the fonts or original application that was used to create the document.

Collaborative Writing: PDF files are a useful way to jointly edit a document. The files can be easily shared via email attachments or from a web server. Acrobat tools such as sticky notes, highlighter, and pencil can be used to add comments or call attention to items that need correction. All collaborators who want to mark up the PDF file must have a copy of the Adobe Acrobat software.

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August 9, 2006

Free Books for Adobe Acrobat, Illustrator, and Premier

Here are 4 freely available ebooks, two covering Adobe Acrobat, and one each for Illustrator and Premier. These Acrobat, Illustrator and Premier ebooks will give you many details and instructions on how to use the features and functions of these Adobe applications.

Adobe Acrobat 6 Bible (pdf) 

Adobe Acrobat 6 0 Getting Professional Results from Your PDFs
chm, 14327 kb

Adobe Illustrator CS for Dummies (chm) 

Teach Yourself Adobe Premiere 6 5 in 24 hours (chm)  

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June 5, 2006

Free Live Online and Recorded Seminars from Adobe

Adobe offers many free Live Online Seminars and Recorded Seminars on its website for many of their and Macromedia’s software applications. Free registration is required to access these online seminars.

Popular Recorded Adobe eSeminars

A Closer Look at the Best Practices of CSS
Take a closer look at the best practices for layout and styling of web page content with cascading style sheets. Learn how to work with cascading style sheets more efficiently within Dreamweaver 8 using the new CSS layout visualization tools, the unified CSS panel, and support for CSS media types.

Adobe Acrobat 7.0 Professional
Find out about advanced print features, including Output Preview, transparency flattening, and enhanced preflighting capabilities. See the powerful comment and review features, PDF correction tools, and support for PDF/X and the Job Definition Format (JDF) standards.

Adobe Illustrator CS2
Learn more about transparency, the Illustrator text engine, powerful new user interface features (Control palette and Workspaces), enhanced integration with Adobe Photoshop and improved spot color support.

Adobe InDesign CS2
Find out about new Adobe Adobe InDesign CS2 features such as: powerful new text formatting, enhanced interoperability with Adobe Photoshop and Adobe PDF files, object styles, and backwards compatibility with Adobe InDesign CS.

Building Strong and Flexible InDesign Documents
Learn how to use Adobe InDesign to efficiently set up proper page layouts and enhance your workflow capabilities. See tips and tricks for master pages and paragraph, character, and object styles that are guaranteed to open your eyes and improve your productivity.

Designing Smarter with CS2
Learn how to use the integrated tools of Adobe Creative Suite 2. This eseminar shows you how to leverage the most exciting pieces of the Suite to create a handsome newsletter. You’’ll learn the 3D effects and image mapping capabilities of Adobe Illustrator, along with techniques for getting the most of Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign and Adobe Acrobat Professional 7.

Welcome to Adobe Creative Suite 2
Get to know the integrated tools of the Adobe Creative Suite 2: Adobe InDesign CS2, Adobe Illustrator CS2, Adobe Acrobat 7.0 Professional, and Adobe Photoshop CS2, as well as the innovative Adobe Bridge, Version Cue CS2 file management and Adobe Stock Photos.

Popular Live Online Adobe eSeminars

Breeze Capabilities and Benefits Online Live Seminar Series
Learn how Macromedia Breeze enables you to quickly combine existing learning assets with real-time interactivity for collaborative communication, teaching and learning experiences.

Adobe FrameMaker 7.2 live eSeminar Series
Free online live eSeminars on FrameMaker 7.2

Studio 8 eSeminar Series
In these seminars, you will receive an overview on how to achieve maximum efficiency across Studio 8 products Dreamweaver, Flash Professional, Fireworks and more.

Adding 3D Data to Your PDF Documents with Acrobat 3D
A free online live eSeminar on enhancing communication and securely sharing 3D designs for CAD and project data.

Mobile and Devices eSeminar Series
A free Flash Lite eSeminar for Mobile and Devices. Learn from Industry experts about this latest technology.

Dreamweaver Expert Series
Join these live, one-hour online seminars to hear from Adobe/Macromedia’s Dreamweaver experts.

Flash Expert Series
Join these live, one-hour online seminars to hear from our Adobe/Macromedia’s Flash experts.

Adobe Flex 2 live eSeminar Series
In this free online live eSeminar learn what’s new in our next generation of the Flex product line.

Captivate eSeminar Series
Learn how Captivate (formerly RoboDemo) can easily create interactive simulations and software demonstrations.

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April 3, 2006

Free Ebooks for Adobe Applications

Here is a Google Groups post that contains several links to freely available ebooks covering most of the Adobe software applications, which are listed below. After clicking on the link for the ebook you want, to access the download link, click on the Free button at the bottom of the page, wait about 30 seconds, then enter the 3 character code and click on the download button. (You will need to wait 1 hour between large downloads.). To uncompress .rar files you can use 7-Zip, available here: Google Groups post with Free Ebooks for Adobe Applications: Here are the applications covered by these ebooks: - Adobe Acrobat - Adobe After Effects - Adobe Creative Suite - Adobe FrameMaker - Adobe GoLive CS2 - Adobe Illustrator - Adobe InDesign - Adobe LiveMotion - Adobe PageMaker - Adobe Photoshop - Adobe Premiere - Learn Programming with Flash - Microsoft Office VBA

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