Practical Mark-up of PDFs

Who is this course suitable for?

This course is suitable for anyone who has no or little experience of marking up PDFs and who lacks confidence in finding their way round a new program. The course is about the use of software rather than editing, so level of editorial skill or experience is not a factor.

This is a hands-on course with a high proportion of exercises to enable attendees to practise working on PDFs and to become familiar with the various features of Acrobat Reader DC. Attendees should bring their own laptops to work on.

Course description

The course begins with an overview of the available software, then looks at the range of tools available in Acrobat Reader DC with exercises using each one. Particular attention is paid to how to communicate changes when using commenting tools, and how to use shortcut keys and customise tool bars. The course contains many exercises so you will have a lot of practice using the various features; handy checklists will help you remember what to do once back in the office. 

What you should know after the course

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • use the different commenting and mark-up features of Acrobat Reader DC
  • work efficiently using shortcut keys
  • customise toolbars
  • export comments
  • write clear, short instructions.

Availability, prices and upgrade points

We are not currently running workshop courses unless organised by a local group. If you are interested in having this workshop run locally, please contact your local group coordinator.

Workshop syllabus

Length of course: 1 day CIEP upgrade points: 3

The precise syllabus and timings may vary slightly on the day.

Syllabus and timing
9.30 Introduction:
  • review of programs such as PdfPen, PdfExchange, Preview and Reader DC
  • review of the commenting tools
  • displaying toolbars and customising them
  • keyboard shortcuts
  • writing clear instructions, the importance of being unambiguous and concise
11.00 Break
11.15 Exercises and practice:
  • using text boxes, commenting tools and BSI stamps
  • downloading and importing BSI stamps
1.00 Lunch
2.00 Further exercises and practice:
  • special considerations for editing PDFs including queries, extracting text
3.15 Break
3.30 Health and safety, ergonomic working
4.00 Where do you go from here?
4.15 Discussion, questions, course evaluation
4.30 Close

Online course structure

This course is not available online.

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