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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.

What Else Can She Do?

Susan can produce print layouts of her images in a variety of ways using the Picture Tasks plug-in. She can print multiple copies of a selected image or print a contact sheet of all her images. The bonus material for Chapter 3 on the book's Web site shows you how to work with other Picture Tasks. If Susan is really serious about sending presentations in a very compact format, she can use lower-resolution JPEG images when she is constructing the presentation. If the source images are at a lower resolution, each source image contributes less to the overall file size.

She can also build the presentation manually. Rather than using the Picture Tasks feature, she can work with a number of commands, actions, and other features to create much the same presentation as that produced automatically using Picture Tasks. When building a presentation from scratch, you have more control over the individual components. For example, you can optimize images, which is a method of compressing them to a level best compatible with the way they are used in a manual presentation, an action that can't be done using the Picture Tasks method. Read about creating a slideshow manually in Chapter 2.