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Re: Acrobat Presentations (Was Re: first post in a long while)

From: James Souttar <ancient-AT-urizen.com>
Date: 05 Feb 2003 16:29:29 UTC   (04:29:29 PM in author's locale)
To: "The Graphics List" <graphics-AT-lists.graphicslist.org>

>One question -- when you are setting up a document for full-screen
>presentation in Indesign, what document size do you use?

Good point. No reason one couldn't work to 1024 x 768, or whatever. I
tend to do most of my presentations in A4, since the discrepancy in
proportion from the average laptop screen is relatively small and
Acrobat will put the slide against a black, white or any other colour
background you choose (and if you make this the same as your
background colour, it can hide the leftover space).

Using a standard paper size like A4 also allows the presentation to
be printed as a 'leave behind', which is a bonus. Duplicate the
document, 'reapply' a different set of master pages and 'import
styles' from a template you've previously set up in InDesgin, and you
can create a black-and-white version with relative ease (and more
control of what appears how than Powerpoint's black-and-white
printing option). Creating parallel on-screen and printable versions
would be a little more difficult for those of you who use 'letter'
size paper, since this is somewhat shorter and deeper in pro than the
usual laptop screen. But even so it is not all that difficult (and
another hybrid size I frequently use - width of A4, depth of letter,
which allows PDFs to be 'Atlantic shore independent' - is a
reasonable compromise).

One additional benefit of PDF presentations, incidentally, is the
ability to 'catalog' them - if one has numerous presentations going
back quite a few years, as I do, being able to search back through
them is a real boon.


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