Chapter 19. Enabling Features for Adobe Reader


  • Using server products

  • Understanding licensing restrictions

  • Adding special features for Adobe Reader

  • Editing files enabled with usage rights

Enabling features for Adobe Reader or adding special features for Reader users is a means whereby certain features not appearing in the default Adobe Reader program can be added to PDF documents. This enabling function can be handled by one of two applications. You can use a server product such as the Adobe LiveCycle Reader Extensions Server (LCRE) or Adobe Acrobat 8 Professional.

In Acrobat 7, a single enabling feature was introduced that added these special features to permit Adobe Reader users participation in e-mail–based reviews. When a PDF document was enabled for commenting and markup, all the comment tools appeared in Adobe Reader, they we usable, and the comments could be saved from Reader.

In Acrobat 8, Adobe has introduced more enabling features such as those for saving form data and adding digital signatures. These options are not part of Adobe Reader. But when opening an enabled file in Reader, you can take advantage of the special features for saving form data and adding digital signatures.


This chapter deals exclusively with Adobe Acrobat Professional. Users of Acrobat Standard do not have features for enabling PDF documents.

Setting Up the Enabling Work Environment

Enabling PDF files with Reader extensions is handled through menu commands. No special toolbars need to be ...

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