April 14, 2019

Get Adobe Acrobat tips and listen to our podcasts; register for webinars and the Annual Meeting

TechTip: I Can Do That with Adobe Acrobat?

Are you using Adobe Acrobat Standard, Pro or DC to its fullest potential? This software has a ton of cool features with which you might not be familiar.

1. Reorganize pages. This is especially helpful if your PDF file is large and has multiple components. You can switch the ordering of pages, insert pages, and even extract (delete) a page or three or ten. Go to TOOLS>CREATE AND EDIT>ORGANIZE PAGES. 

2. Adding Text. You no longer have to go back to your original file if you want to add some text. Just use the Edit PDF tool that functions like a typewriter. Of course, you can only edit so much text without the formatting and spacing becoming squirrelly so this is best used judiciously. Go to TOOLS>EDIT PDF. You will see a toolbar pop up at the top of the page. Click on ADD TEXT and a window will open allowing you to pick the font, sizing, and color of the text.

3. Combining Files. If you have a Word document, an Excel spreadsheet and two other PDF files that need to be combined, you can do so without having to convert everything to a PDF file first. Go to TOOLS>COMBINE FILES.

4. Edit Automatically Generated Bookmarks. When you combine multiple files into one PDF, the software will automatically generate bookmarks. You can easily edit these. Go to the left side of the screen and you will see a little ribbon icon that looks like this. Click on that to open the bookmarks. Right click on any bookmark title and then you can rename.

5. Share PDFs with Clients or Colleagues. If you want a colleague or client to review a PDF file, use the SHARE feature in the upper right corner (the bright blue box). Enter an email address into the email field, and make sure you click the “Review File” button. You can also set a deadline for your recipient, along with a deadline reminder. To manage files that have been edited, go to HOME>SHARED>FOR REVIEW. Any edited files will appear here, along with name of the person or persons who edited it, and the date and time of edits.   

Want More TechTips? Visit the ABA’s Legal Technology Resource Center

Upcoming Division Events

Ethical Red Flags for Public Sector Lawyers: Responsibilities Conflicts and More
CLE Webinar
April 30, 2019
1:00-2:30 p.m. Eastern
Register online now!

Fees and Fines After Timbs v. Indiana
CLE Webinar
May 22, 2019
1:00-2:30 p.m. Eastern

ABA Annual Meeting
August 8-13, 2019
San Francisco

Ride an historic cable car, bike or hike across the Golden Gate Bridge, or step back in time with a visit to Alcatraz Island. San Francisco is always a popular location for the Annual Meeting with its world class dining, local wines and fabulous sights.   

The Annual Meeting allows you to gain knowledge on fast-moving legal developments, network with colleagues from all over the country and attend first-rate CLE programs. Take advantage of early bird registration prices and purchase an all-access badge which includes the president’s  reception, access to CLE programs including three CLE showcase programs, the general assembly and presentation of the ABA Medal, and the concert for Legal Services Corporation.

Division Schedule:
Friday, August 9
Awards Reception
3:30-5:00 p.m.

Saturday, August 10
Council Meeting and Election
9:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m.

All Division events will take place at the Marriott Marquis.

For more information or to register online, visit the Annual Meeting portal page, or call the ABA Meetings and Travel Department at 312-988-5870. Please check your program book or the Annual Meeting app to confirm times and locations of all Annual Meeting events.  

Division Podcasts Available on iTunes
The Division’s podcast series “Compelling Conversations with Colleagues” is available on iTunes. Each podcast is a brief interview with a government lawyer – providing a wealth of information about careers in the public sector. Episodes include interviews with a city attorney, a JAG lawyer and a public defender. Search “ABA compelling conversations” on iTunes to find them. And please leave a review, it helps other listeners find the programs. Podcast episodes can also be found on our homepage.

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