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Summer 2014 in San Francisco

Marking Up PDF Files


Wednesday, July 2; 5:45 to 8:15 p.m.


$65 for enrollments paid on or before June 25;

$75 after June 25

Class Limit 13
Instructor Karen Seriguchi
Location Mechanics’ Institute, 4th Floor Conference Room
57 Post Street, San Francisco
(see Mechanics’ Institute)

More and more publishers are asking proofreaders to do their work digitally, which often means marking up PDF documents. This workshop takes participants through various ways of making corrections with editing and drawing tools. Many computer users, for example, are familiar with the free Adobe Reader, if only to open PDF files. But Adobe Reader also enables anyone to use the Highlighter and Sticky Note tools to mark up PDF files. (See the Adobe website for more information. The download link is on that page as well.) We will cover Reader capabilities in this class.

For a more robust way of marking up page proofs, we will also explore Acrobat XI (the newest version of Adobe’s PDF software) with step-by-step instructions. Because many of your clients and colleagues may continue to work with Acrobat 9 files for a while, we will also give some time to a review of that interface, and we will look at other editors as well.

Note: Mac and Windows users can download a trial version of the full Acrobat Pro XI application. Free trial versions usually expire within thirty days, so download your version after June 2.

About a week before the class, you will receive two PDF documents that you will be able to open in Adobe Reader. These documents will have the Comment tools enabled and will be used as demonstration objects. You do not have to look at them before class but may be interested in experimenting with them.

Participants may wish to bring a laptop with Adobe Acrobat or another PDF editor installed so that they can follow the demonstration in class, but it is not necessary, as all the steps will be shown on a projector screen.

Karen Seriguchi is an award-winning editor and copyeditor with extensive web, book, magazine, newspaper, and corporate publication experience. She has taught classes in beginning and advanced copyediting since the mid-1990s. She was a member of the editorial team that produced The Yahoo! Style Guide and most recently conducted an audio conference titled “Your Guide to Style Guides” for the monthly newsletter Copyediting.

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