Proofreading PDFs

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Ever wondered how to import comments from another PDF with a single click, filter your changes to easily find your queries, or help your designer apply your changes automatically? Look no further! Packed with ideas to save you time and make your life easier, this course provides practical guidance, demonstrating the full potential of Adobe Acrobat’s mark-up tools and giving you tips to instantly improve your working practices. We will introduce good practice principles to help you work quickly, neatly and efficiently, and enable your design team to easily interpret, manage and implement your changes.

Designed to take you from novice to power-user, the course promotes active learning, using a blended approach of step-by-step demonstrations with opportunities to practise your new skills, ask advice during the session and check your understanding with summary quizzes. After the session, you will have access to handy summary sheets of the key skills you have learned.

Who is it for?

  • Anyone needing to mark up PDFs
  • Those in editorial and non-editorial roles
  • In-house and freelance editors and proofreaders
  • New starters and experienced staff

What will you achieve?

  • A full understanding of which Adobe Acrobat Commenting tools are best to use and what to use them for
  • How to decide the best method of mark-up to work quickly, neatly and efficiently
  • How to customize the appearance of mark-ups and toolbars
  • How to import bespoke stamps and recreate BSI mark-up on-screen
  • How to manage mark-ups to improve productivity


  • Mark-up principles for best practice
  • Adobe Acrobat mark-up tools – what to use and how
  • Customising your tools and toolbars
  • When and how to use the Stamps tool to create BSI proofreading symbols on-screen
  • Easy wins for efficient working
  • Managing your mark-up 

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Tuesday, 20 September 2022

Monday, 05 December 2022

A number of discounts are available
Course format
  • Virtual classroom
  • 9.00am to 12.30pm 
  • Two x 1.5 hour sessions plus break

 A number of discounts are available

 Enrol on this course

What you will need

We strongly recommend you complete this course with two screens, unless you have a large monitor. This will enable you to watch the demonstrations while you follow along on your own screen. You will need access to a computer or laptop with a camera and microphone and with either Adobe Acrobat Reader DC (which is free) or Adobe Acrobat Professional installed. Please check that you have the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader.

To join the course, you will need to activate a Zoom account. This takes two minutes and does not require any payment. It is purely for administrative purposes.

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