I use Search constantly, and I almost never use Find. Why drive a moped if there is a Honda Goldwing in the same garage?
Adobe gives you, in both Acrobat and Reader, a Find command on the default Toolbar layout. It's easy to use, but very limited in its capabilities, like that moped.
The Search command is NOT part of the default tools layout, therefore severely reducing the chance that a casual PDF 'consumer' will use the more powerful Search command.
Here's a cool trick that will greatly increase the likelihood that one of your customers will call on the Search command: you'll put it right in their hands and they won't be able to resist using it!
In the most binary way, you always do two things to a PDF page: you open and close it. You can use these two page states as a trigger for an action, such as Edit > Search.
- Open any PDF file, and then open the Pages Panel.
- Right-click on the first page icon, and choose Page Properties.
- Select the Actions tab.
The two page states I mentioned above are listed as Triggers.
- Select Page Open as the trigger, and choose Execute a menu item as the Action.
- Click the Add button to bring up a list of possible commands to execute.
- Choose Edit>Search from this list and click OK.
When the first page in your PDF is opened, it will automatically trigger the Edit > Search command, showing the normally hidden Search panel without your customer even knowing how to display the feature.
Page Actions are very powerful, and multiple actions can be assigned to a single trigger. Experiment and have fun with this.