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What to Learn After Adobe Acrobat

Adobe Acrobat is a versatile document display application that allows users to view, create, edit, and share PDF files. It is among the most commonly used professional computer applications in many career fields. Suppose you already know how to use Adobe Acrobat. In that case, you should consider learning more advanced data analytics applications, other programs in the Adobe Creative Cloud, or other office skills like Excel and PowerPoint. We’ll cover these related skills below, so you clearly understand what skill you want to tackle next.

What is Adobe Acrobat?

Adobe Acrobat is the most commonly used application for reading, displaying, and editing documents in Adobe’s portable document format (PDF). The PDF file extension is designed as a universal text and image display system that can display on any machine, regardless of what applications, hardware, or operating system you are using. Adding the extension makes Adobe Acrobat a vital tool for cross-platform collaboration and design processes. It is also essential for securely authorizing, signing, and archiving important documents, including transcripts, tax filings, and other legal documents. 

Adobe is also constantly striving to ensure that Acrobat is more than just a PDF reader. While there is a freeware version of the application to let any user read documents, Acrobat Pro lets users edit, manipulate, and otherwise prepare PDF documents for distribution. Importantly, it also allows users to convert PDFs to word documents, excel spreadsheets, or even jpegs, which is an integral part of optimizing specific professional processes. Between these features and essential quality-of-life benefits, such as combining documents into a single PDF, compressing PDFs, and automated features ensuring documents meet specific critical legal regulations, Adobe Acrobat is one of the most versatile and vital baseline tools available.

Read more about what Adobe Acrobat is and why you should learn it. 

What Can You Do with Adobe Acrobat?

Adobe Acrobat is a versatile software program that lets users create and share PDF files that can be read and edited on almost any device. The program is important for both collaborative design work and for documenting and archiving important documents. Using Adobe Acrobat makes remote work more accessible and efficient since Acrobat includes authentication and documentation features that allow users to encrypt, protect, sign, and notarize documents without meeting with a signee in-person. These built-in collaboration features can improve both workflow efficiency and the kinds of work that is practical for a given company or organization.

Adobe Acrobat is also one of the most commonly used tools for archiving and preserving important documents. PDF readers can produce high-quality scans of physical documents and display them on almost any modern device. This ability makes Adobe Acrobat a valuable tool for making rare or sensitive documents more accessible to the public. It also ensures that individuals can easily create and access backup versions of physical documents they want to keep protected. Since Acrobat also has significant privacy and security features, learning Acrobat is an excellent way to ensure that these documents are appropriately protected when you need others to access them.

Excel and PowerPoint

Acrobat skills are commonly used in office and white-collar professional settings and these jobs often require employees to know about several basic programs. Students who have learned Acrobat may also wish to learn skills like Excel and PowerPoint. Excel is a data organization and spreadsheet tool that can be used alongside Acrobat to archive and catalog documents, particularly for users who need to ensure that large amounts of documents are correctly received, signed, and returned. Learning PowerPoint can help users better visualize data and information, which is often one of the practical uses of Acrobat.

To learn more about Excel and PowerPoint training options, please consider exploring Noble’s bootcamp offerings.

Other Creative Cloud Applications

Many users who license Acrobat Pro will do so as part of a bundle with other Creative Cloud applications, like Photoshop or Illustrator. While similar Creative Cloud applications may go well together, almost every program is highly interconnected with Acrobat. This interconnectivity can assist users who want to learn creative design programs since it will make archiving, publishing, and sharing their creations all that much easier. 

Many different paths one can travel to learn additional Creative Cloud skills, so future students may wish to explore their options for professional development training through Noble Desktop. Their carefully vetted list contains various options for acquiring these new skills.

Data Analytics and Visualization

For many business professionals, an essential piece of Adobe Acrobat is to produce and distribute necessary charts, graphs, and other data visualizations. While Acrobat is very good at that function, professionals may want to learn more advanced applications for data analytics and visualization. Advanced skills may include those needed for data management software such as Excel, SQL, and Tableau. Or they may include advanced computer programming skills like Python and R. Business professionals who are experienced with advanced software make better-informed decisions about projects they undertake and ensure that they present data in an understandable way to stakeholders.

To learn about Data Analytics and the various career paths associated with these skills, consider exploring the training options offered through Noble Desktop.

Key Takeaways

Learn Adobe Acrobat with Hands-on Training at Noble Desktop

Individuals hoping to learn Adobe Acrobat will have a few options available. Noble Desktop offers private and group Adobe Acrobat training in-person at Noble’s Manhattan campus and online in live digital classrooms. These courses allow students to learn advanced Acrobat skills with the assistance of live instructors. Enrollees will work with hands-on examples that mirror the kinds of real-world applications for which they will employ Acrobat, and can ask questions and receive direct feedback from their instructors. Enrollees attending these courses will benefit from small class sizes, even online. Anyone who takes a course through Noble can retake that course within a calendar year, giving individuals s even more opportunities to master Adobe Acrobat.

Those wanting to learn Adobe Acrobat can enroll in Noble’s Adobe Acrobat Training course. This course is beginner-friendly and designed to get students comfortable with the key functionalities of Acrobat that they require in their day-to-day lives. This course will get new students up to speed by teaching them how to edit, merge, combine, arrange, share, and protect PDF files using Acrobat. This class is a great way to learn the ins and outs of Adobe Acrobat quickly. In this course, students will learn everything they need to know about storing, annotating, and working with PDF files. 

Another advantage to learning Adobe Acrobat is that it is part of the Adobe Creative Cloud suite of tools and is therefore both heavily integrated with those applications and is one of the best ways to display designs on any device. Creative professionals, in particular, will want to learn Adobe Acrobat as part of their training in other Adobe Creative programs. Students learning skills like Photoshop, Illustrator, or InDesign will want to ensure they know how to improve their workflow efficiency using Acrobat.

How to Learn Adobe

Master Adobe with hands-on training. Adobe software is the industry standard for designers, video editors, and other creative professionals. Adobe's most popular applications include Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, After Effects, Premiere Pro, and Acrobat.

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