There was considerable buzz about Adobe’s online efforts today. First, the launch of Photoshop Express was announced, and picked up by many bloggers and analysts.
Reviews were quite positive, and with good reason. The functionality is excellent – like Buzzword, Photoshop Express makes common tasks easy, usable and is very responsive. And also like Buzzword, this is an elegant Rich Internet Application, with nice transitions and helpful animations. It just feels good to use it.
It has been a really long time since we last spoke to you. The Share team has been busy adding new features and improving performance of Share Beta. And today we released a new version of Share with a whole host of new features.
The first thing you will notice when you login to the Share Beta service is the new button bar at the top.
We have eliminated the Home tab which was in the previous version of the service to give more focus to your documents in the Share library. The three buttons are the primary tasks supported by the Share service: Uploading files, Sharing files and Converting Files to PDFs. Yes, creating PDFs!ﾠ
Now you can convert documents to Adobe PDF using Share! Adobe PDF is the de facto standard for more secure, dependable electronic information exchange — recognized by industries and governments around the world. By converting your files to Adobe PDF you can ensure that recipients will be able to view your files regardless of platform and application availability. To convert a file to PDF simply select the file from your desktop or by dragging-and-dropping a file already in your Share library.
Once the PDF conversion is completed you can directly Share the converted file or copy the URL or copy the embed code for the file. Share supports converting to PDF all the popular formats including: Microsoft Office files, Open Office files, text files, images and postscript files.
One area where Buzzword has been very popular is in educational settings. We had hoped for just this scenario when we first conceived the product because academia is where you find users who:
* Write a lot
* Write from multiple locations, often on different computers
* Write together with fellow students
* Share their work with reviewers (often teachers)
* And, finally, care about the quality of the writing experience and the printed output.
Because Buzzword documents are stored on the web, it’s easy to allow others to read, review or even co-author them. You don’t have to email your documents to others; just invite collaborators to your shared document, and you will all be working on the same version.
It couldn’t be easier to start using Buzzword – the sign up process takes about 15 seconds. Just go to www.buzzword.com and click on the “Sign Up” link in the upper right corner of the screen, then fill in a few fields and get started.
SHARE’s blog has been remarkably quiet lately. Too quiet. The good news is that more news is coming, finally. Please stay tuned…
Buzzword is often compared with Google Docs, so it might be useful to discuss the relationship between them – both the similarities and the differences. The short version goes like this:
- Free web apps. Buzzword and Google Docs are both driving the move to on-line applications, and are rapidly gaining popularity and market share.
- Comments and Collaboration. Ubiquitous access to your documents enable better collaboration, and both tools have useful commenting functionality to support this.
- Layout and Pagination. Google Docs has the sophistication of Notepad, with no page payout or pagination capability. Buzzword, on the other hand, shows a true and accurate representation of the page in real time.
- Experience matters! Buzzword’s user experience is rich and elegant, rewarding users and encouraging authors to write more.