Acrobat X Pro:


Frequently asked questions and instructor notes

Topic A0:   Classroom setup

All our courses assume that each student has a personal computer to use during the class. Our hands-on approach to learning requires they do. This topic gives information on how to set up the classroom to teach this course. It includes minimum requirements for the students’ personal computers, setup information for the first time you teach the class, and setup information for each time that you teach after the first time you set up the classroom.

Hardware requirements

Each student’s personal computer should have:

·   A keyboard and a mouse

·   An Intel Pentium 4, Intel Centrino, Intel Xeon, or Intel Core Duo (or compatible) processor

·   At least 1 GB of RAM

·   2 GB of hard disk space

·   A DVD-ROM drive for installation

·   A monitor with a minimum resolution of 1280×960 at 24-bit color or better

·   A sound card and either speakers or headphones (If these are not installed, students will not be able to complete the accessibility activity in the unit titled “PDF accessibility.”)

Software requirements

You will need the following software:

·   Microsoft Windows 7 (preferred), Windows XP with Service Pack 3, or Windows Vista with Service Pack 2

·   Adobe Acrobat X Pro or Acrobat X Suite (Hardware requirements are significantly higher for Acrobat X Suite. Refer to the Adobe Web site for details.)

·   Microsoft Office Word 2007 or later

·   Internet Explorer 7.0 or later; Firefox 3.5 or 3.6

Network requirements

The following network components and connectivity are also required for this course:

·   Internet access, for the following purposes:

–   Downloading the latest critical updates and service packs from

–   Downloading the student data files (if necessary)

First-time setup instructions

The first time you teach this course, you will need to perform the following steps to set up each student computer.

1   Install Windows 7 according to the software manufacturer’s instructions. If the student machines have Internet access and they are behind a software or hardware firewall, install the latest critical updates and service packs.

     Note: You can also use Windows Vista or XP, but the screen shots in this course were taken in Windows 7, so students’ screens might look somewhat different.

2   With flat-panel displays, we recommend using the panel’s native resolution for best results. Color depth/quality should be set to High (24 bit) or higher.

3   Display file extensions and hidden files.

a   In Windows, click Start and choose Computer.

b   Click Organize, choose “Folder and search options,” and click the View tab.

c   Clear the check box for “Hide extensions for known file types.”

d   Select “Show hidden files, folders, and drives” and click OK.

e   Close Windows Explorer.

4   Ensure that sound is enabled in order to complete the sound activity in the unit titled “PDF accessibility.”

5   Install Adobe Acrobat X Pro according to the software manufacturer’s instructions. Perform a typical installation.

     Note: You can also use Adobe Acrobat X Suite, which offers a superset of the features described in this course. RAM and hard disk requirements for Suite are significantly higher than for Pro.

6   Start Acrobat X Pro. Accept the Acrobat license agreement, and then close Acrobat.

7   Install Microsoft Office. Install only Microsoft Word, unless you want to demonstrate interactivity with other Microsoft products. Only Word files are used in this course.

     Note: You can use Office 2010, but the screen shots in this course were taken using Office 2007, so students’ screens will look somewhat different. Word documents in the student data files are saved in the .doc format so they can be opened in previous versions of Word.

8   If you have the data disc that came with this manual, locate the Student Data folder on it and copy it to the desktop of each student computer.

     If you don’t have the data disc, you can download the Student Data files for the course:

a   Connect to

b   Under Downloads, click Instructor-Led Training.

c   Browse the subject categories to locate your course. Then click the course title to display a list of available downloads. (You can also access these downloads through our Catalog listings.)

d   Click the link(s) for downloading the Student Data files. You can download the files directly to student machines or to a central location on your own network.

e   Create a folder named Student Data on the desktop of each student computer.

f    Double-click the downloaded zip file(s) and drag the contents into the Student Data folder.

9   Copy the data files to the Student Data folder.

Setup instructions for every class

Every time you teach this course (including the first time), you will need to perform the following steps to set up each student computer.

1   If necessary, reset any defaults that have been changed in previous classes.

a   Start Acrobat X Pro.

b   Choose View, Toolbars, Reset Toolbars.

c   Choose Advanced, Security Settings. In the Security Settings dialog box, select Digital IDs, select each digital ID (if any), and click Remove ID. Enter the necessary password and click OK. (The passwords for this course were set to “password.”) Close the Security Settings dialog box.

d   Choose Edit, Preferences. In the Preferences dialog box, select Commenting and check “Always use Log-in Name for Author name.”

e   In the Preferences dialog box, select Identity and delete any text in the Name and Organization Name boxes.

f    In the Preferences dialog box, select General and click Reset All Warnings. Click OK.

g   Choose File, Organizer, Open Organizer to open the Organizer window. In the Categories pane, under Collections, click Progress report docs. Press Delete and click Yes to delete the collection. Close the Organizer window.

h   Choose Advanced, Manage Trusted Identities to open the Manage Trusted Identities dialog box. In the Name list, select J Barclay (if present). Click Delete and click OK. Click Close.

i    Close Acrobat X Pro.

2   Delete the contents of the Student Data folder, if necessary.

3   Copy the data files to the Student Data folder. (See the download instructions in the preceding section.)


Topic B:   Frequently asked questions

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Topic C:   Course notes

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Topic D:   Additional information

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