David Mankin – trainer, blogger, community member and Adobe Certified Expert – recently wrote a very nice summary of the new Adobe CreatePDF online service on his Acrobatix! blog. In the article, David gives an overview of the new services, what you can do with them, and a nice use case for CreatePDF, one that’s applicable even if you are already using Acrobat desktop software.
Now suppose you are away from your computer, and you find yourself at someone else’s machine, or you have a PC that does NOT have Acrobat Professional installed. You need to produce a PDF on the spot, but without your Adobe PDF print driver at hand, you’re stuck. .. or are you?…….I believe this is more than reasonable if you will be at various computers throughout your schedule, and Acrobat Pro is not always at hand. Remember, you can log in to the service from ANY machine with web access and a browser!
Thanks for a nice write-up, David! And if you aren’t doing so already, I strongly suggest checking out the great Acrobat and Acrobat.com tips on David’s blog.
We recently managed to get Amy Wang, Senior Product Manager and Rick Treitman, Director of Product Management, to step away from their desks and instead get in front of an HD camera and share with us all their views on working in the cloud and why we offer these set of useful online services.
Another year, another MAX, another few days of meeting and talking to customers, partners and co-workers about all the fantastic things they do with Adobe technology, and indeed, the challenges they face in what they do. One of my favorite things about my work is sitting down with a customer and brainstorming with them on how Adobe technology might be able to help them get their work done, including showing the new services at Adobe SendNow. Or in the case of one individual, impress her boss!
Another customer I spoke to already had a PDF-based “workflow” in place for collecting edits on documents and artwork from colleagues. The only issue – those colleagues were using Acrobat to edit the actual text in the PDF files! Although Acrobat is capable of doing that, sometimes you need to use the right tool for the right job, and in this case editing the actual text wasn’t the best option, as it becomes difficult to identify who had changed what, and if there was a major text edit, doing so may change the design too.
Instead, I suggested she try two things. One was to use the commenting tools in Acrobat (and Adobe Reader when enabled for commenting) and collect the comments from others by using Shared Reviews with Acrobat.com: IT resources were limited and unable to help with setting up servers and access controls – Acrobat.com to the rescue there!
Secondly, if all they wanted was to allow people to edit the text of the document, I suggested using Adobe Buzzword to allow others to collaboratively author and comment on the copy. Then when it was ready, they could easily place the final copy in to their Adobe InDesign CS5 layouts, convert the document to a high-quality PDF file, and send out for Shared Review as described above.
The response to those suggestions to use Acrobat.com with Acrobat? That they were sure to make many people in her company very happy. Sweet!
It’s been a great week at MAX for the Acrobat Solutions team and Adobe. For those of you that were there, THANK YOU! You will be able to watch the recordings of the sessions and keynotes on Adobe TV.
Day one of Adobe MAX 2010 was awesome, and now we look forward to day two. In fact, I’m writing this from L.A’s Nokia Theater patiently waiting for the second keynote session to start.
The announcements during yesterday’s keynote from Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch were exciting and inspiring. Adobe’s technologies are truly driving a revolution in the way we interact with content and information in all its forms.
That same technology lies behind the online services at Acrobat.com, including the new Adobe SendNow and CreatePDF services. As we have been showing the technology to attendees here, one comment we heard often is how easy the services are to use. That rich-yet-simple experience you see with our online services wouldn’t be possible without Adobe’s Flash platform.
If you are at MAX this week, please do stop by the Adobe Community Pavilion or the Acrobat X Text Drive Lab and we’ll be happy to give you a preview of the new services.
OK, they’re about to get started on stage here…better close my laptop now.
Thrilled. Excited. Elated. Overjoyed. Enthusiastic. All words we could use to describe how everyone on the Acrobat Solutions team feels about the announcement today of two new online services: Adobe SendNow for exchanging and tracking documents online, and Adobe CreatePDF, our new online PDF creation and combining service, along with the powerful desktop duo of Adobe Acrobat X and Adobe Reader X.
As our world becomes more connected, the need to be able to exchange documents quickly – and retrieve and view those files reliably no matter where we are – is critical to what we do. But even though we have access to great technology like Adobe SendNow and Adobe CreatePDF, what we hear from you is that the technology should be simple to use without fuss. Let’s face it: I, you and all those we work and live with are busier than ever (for example, I’m writing this at 11pm while my family sleeps). You want – no, need – to focus on the task at hand and get your work done. These releases from Adobe will help you achieve that, and they will all be available for you soon.
Stay tuned for more information, sneak peeks, availability and updates here. In the meantime, jump over to the official release announcement on the Acrobat family blog to find out more.
It’s a busy day for us in the Acrobat family, and we are proud to announce an all new service for easy, online PDF creation from any desktop computer called Adobe CreatePDF. Although we have had an online PDF creation service available before, this one has been redesigned to simplify the process of turning your files into a high-quality PDF document, while allowing you to do more than before.
How is that so, you ask? Well, we can only give you a little sneak peek, but here’s how…
Adobe CreatePDF will let you do more than just convert your Office documents, images and other supported files into an Adobe PDF from your web browser. You will also be able to combine documents into a single PDF file, and if you are using Microsoft Windows, you will be able to install a special printer driver that will allow you to create a PDF file online from any application that can print. Now that’s clever.
And within Adobe Reader X, a new Share pane provides a connection to the online Adobe CreatePDF service, making it easy to create a document that you know others will be able to view consistently.
Want to know more? You’ll have to sit tight for a little longer until we launch the service very soon. In the meantime, take a look at the information on the Acrobat family blog, follow us on Twitter and become part of the community at AcrobatUsers.com.
This entry comes to you while I am on vacation. As I am sure happens to you sometimes, I need to check in occasionally on what is happening back in the office. Broadband internet access is available here, but you have to pay through the nose to get it, as rates are either by the minute or the megabit, and connections are very slow compared to other countries. But I won’t complain about that – as I type, I have a beautiful view of the Mediterranean Sea behind me.
What I wanted to remind everyone of is please be conscious of whom you are sending that large file attachment to and where he or she might be. I had three e-mail messages with 30+MB file attachments in my inbox this week. One of those messages went something like “Oops, ignore that version of the file I sent. Here’s the one I meant to send to you.”
As your file is being converted by our service, and not on your own computer, there are a few things that need to be considered to ensure that the PDF file creation process goes as smoothly as possible. We know you have 52 other things to do before the end of the day, so I hope these tips help you get that important document converted to Adobe PDF quickly and reliably using Acrobat.com.
Acrobat.com exists to be able to provide you with that freedom to collaborate, share and work with whoever you need in order to get your work done. At its very core is the fundamental belief that you should be able to work with your extended team members with nothing more than an internet connection and web browser. Plus, to ensure consistency across those different browsers, the Adobe Flash Player. You can even view and upload documents using your iPhone, Blackberry and Android mobile devices. And let’s not forget Acrobat.com’s ability to create, preview, upload and share a file format that is truly an open, ISO standard: PDF.
The entire Acrobat.com team – from the development and QA engineers, to the designers, to the product and marketing managers, to the support and learnings resources staff, and to the person who is kind enough to make sure we always have fresh coffee in the office [did I miss anyone?] – are all so very honored and thrilled to have been given a 2010 CODiE award for Best Communication Solution for the second straight year in a row. Wow! We can only say “thank you, thank you, thank you” to the Software & Information Industry Association, its members and all the judges. And of course to all of our Acrobat.com customers for continuing to give us feedback and ideas on how we can continue to make Acrobat.com the best that it can be.