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Building a Slideshow Presentation with Picture Tasks

Chapter Description

Suppose you need to present a series of photographs to a committee that will decide which one belongs in a company brochure. Or imagine that you are preparing a collection of shots, one of which will appear in a newspaper ad. How can you present the selection of possibilities to a client in a way that is both professional and interesting? Acrobat 7 includes a plug-in called Picture Tasks that allows you to easily manage a group of images and prepare different types of output, including a slideshow and various print options. In this chapter's project, you'll learn how to use the plug-in to create a slideshow and customize it, as well as to send the final product automatically by e-mail from within Acrobat.

Picture Tasks

As part of the document creation process (Step 5 above), you see a dialog named Adobe Acrobat that describes Picture Tasks ( Figure 3.6 ). Picture Tasks is a separate plug-in that is not always present in Acrobat. The plug-in is launched when your document is created in Photoshop Album or Photoshop Elements (version 2 or newer), or in Acrobat using JPEG images, as in this project.


Figure 3.6 Picture Tasks may be enabled depending on the image format.

When the Picture Tasks plug-in is activated, several changes are made to the program:

  1. The Picture Tasks button appears on the Task bar. It includes a pull-down menu that lists Picture Task options ( Figure 3.7 ).

    Figure 3.7 You can choose from a number of functions on the Picture Tasks menu.

  2. Picture Tasks is now included in the View > Task Buttons menu ( Figure 3.8 ).

    Figure 3.8 Picture Tasks is included in the Task Buttons pull-down menu.

  3. A How To window displays at the right of the program window containing several links to information about what you can do with Picture Tasks.

Picture Tasks How To Window

You can work directly from the Picture Tasks How To window to do a number of tasks ( Figure 3.9 ). For example, you can

  1. Create a slideshow automatically through a single dialog
  2. Export the pictures from the document and either save them or edit them in an image-editing program
  3. Print the pictures using a number of different page layouts
  4. Choose from several online functions for sharing or ordering online

Figure 3.9 The Picture Tasks How To window contains a list of links to different options and processes.

In this discussion, we'll focus on creating the slideshow, and then we'll take a look at how the pictures in the slideshow can be printed.

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