Q: I have a problem with my Adobe Acrobat program. I do genealogy, and the northern New York library system has more than 2.5 million pages of old newspapers stored electronically on its system. Recently, I was not able to open an article page found on that system, and a local tech told me to install the latest version of Adobe Acrobat on my computer to help, believing that I could not open this file because my version of Acrobat was too old. Well, the page opened, but now I am no longer able to use the Snapshot Tool in Adobe. With that tool, I could highlight and print just a section of any article I found on the system. How can I get this feature back?
A. The Snapshot Tool in Adobe Acrobat lets you select an area of a PDF file on your screen and print it as needed. The highlighted area can consist of anything found on the screen at that time, such as text, graphics, photos or a combination of all of this. Additionally, items captured by the Snapshot Tool could be resized to fit the size of the paper you were printing on (legal instead of standard, for example).
As is the case with many programs and features as they evolve, specific capabilities do not necessarily disappear but become relocated within the program itself.
That’s essentially what’s happened to the Snapshot Tool in Acrobat. In versions of Acrobat and Acrobat Reader released after version 9, the Snapshot Tool must be…