But then it happened....
I needed to convert a Word 2010 document into a PDF. I went about the task using my usual process: after saving the Word file, I went to click on the Acrobat tab found in Word 2007 to bring the Acrobat Ribbon forward... and the Acrobat tab simply wasn't there. Huh? I poked around Word 2010, menu by menu but found no hint of an Acrobat Ribbon or its coveted PDFMaker. Oh no! My readers and my students know how I rely on the PDFMaker for converting Word to PDF over printing to PDF. In fact, if you want automatically-created bookmarks, articles, or have any hopes of a 508-compliant PDF file, you really need to use the PDFMaker.
An internet search about the missing PDFMaker quickly revealed that I was not imagining this problem, and I was not alone in my discovery. In fact, here are excerpts from Adobe's online FAQ regarding this issue:
Adobe plans to add support for its Acrobat PDFMaker technology for Office 2010 in the next major version of Acrobat.
If you rely on the PDFMaker's capabilities to create smart, capable PDF files, or if 508 Compliancy is required in your PDFs that come from Word, you may NOT want to upgrade your Office apps just yet. Adobe is clearly aware of the issue, and we will all be making smart, compliant PDFs from Office apps soon. Stay tuned.