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Adobe® Acrobat® 8 PDF Bible by Ted Padova

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Chapter 24. Working with Layers

IN THIS CHAPTER

  • Understanding Adobe PDF layer basics

  • Viewing layers

  • Managing layers

  • Calculating measurements

  • Creating buttons to view layers

Layers are an integral part of many professional imaging applications and specialized technical programs, such as AutoCAD and Microsoft Visio. In Acrobat versions 6 through 8 you can view native layered documents and toggle on and off different layer views.

With the introduction of the Adobe Creative Suite, support for Adobe PDF layers has been integrated into Adobe Illustrator CS and Adobe InDesign CS. As we advance in time and software development, more applications are supporting exports to PDF with layer data.

Design and creative, scientific, and engineering professionals can find many uses for communicating ideas and concepts with layered documents. To help simplify the viewing of layered documents, you can add interactive buttons for guiding users through various layer views. In this chapter, you learn about what constitutes a PDF with layers, how to manage them, and how to create links to different layer views.

Setting Up the Work Environment

Viewing layers requires no special set of toolbars — the tools you need are dependent on what you intend to do with a PDF containing layers when you begin editing. If, for example, you intend to review and comment layered documents, you'll open the Commenting tools. In this chapter, I explain how to add links to layer views and use the Measuring tools. To prepare for this, ...

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