Editing today involves products that are more often electronic, and workflows that have moved onto the computer screen. Marking up PDFs is now an essential skill. This seminar will explore ways to use free Adobe Reader software to mark up PDFs of manuscripts and media such as websites, apps, comic books, and presentation slides.
In this hands-on course, you will explore the tools through structured lessons that incorporate video demos and exercises for self-testing. Mark up the page as with pencil on paper, use stamps of proofreader’s marks, or use the mark-up tools. Get feedback and troubleshooting help from the instructor and work with the other students to find what works best for you and for your clients. The focus is on marking up edits, not on changing the PDF.
Advanced Acrobatics have been added to this popular course, expanding the content to a full 4 lessons. This includes production-like moves such as sorting comments and mark-up, attaching files, combining objects, comparing documents, adding bookmarks and hyperlinks, finding the word count, and moving pages between PDFs. The full Adobe Acrobat program is required for those aspects. We recommend trying the free trial during the course.
To take this course, you should have a knowledge of:
- proofreader’s marks
- file creation and management
- menu options and navigation
- mousing and keyboard navigation
- basic word processing functions such as cut, copy, paste, undo, save as, spellcheck, bold, italic, and indenting
You will need:
- Adobe Reader DC (free)
- access to YouTube videos
- web access
- Acrobat Standard or Pro X, XI, or DC (free trial version OK, note that version 9 is very different)
Instructor Adrienne Montgomerie has been teaching editors to master editing on-screen for four years. Publishers such as Pearson, McGraw, and HarperCollins are the mainstay of her 17-year-old freelance editing business. For her writing about editing, check Copyediting.com blog and the Right Angels and Polo Bears podcast.
Previous registrants said:
“The instructor impressed me with her deep experience and extensive grasp of the content of the course. She answered all questions quickly and comprehensively. Her presentation was cogent and funny.”
“I learned a lot of tips and techniques that will make my editing and proofing of PDFs easier for writers to review and that will make me more efficient. I would recommend the course to a colleague.”