How many times have you found yourself staring at a PDF file in Adobe Reader, with text in it that you wrote for a colleague—only to see it appear with countless egregious grammatical errors in the PDF file she made to compile material from your whole department? Haven’t you wanted just to reach into that PDF file and fix the things that need fixing? Adobe Acrobat is certainly an option, but what if you are just using the free Adobe Reader? Can nothing be done? Won’t somebody help?!
[Cue dramatic super-hero music.] Not to fear! Adobe ExportPDF is finally (finally!) here! While you’ve been using the Adobe CreatePDF service to create your PDF files, there have certainly been occasions when you’ve wanted to make some major changes to those files. To that end, we’ve also schemed up a service to help you convert a PDF file into a Word document (.docx). Adobe ExportPDF is a quick and simple way to make an editable file out of any PDF (well, any PDF that doesn’t have security restrictions; if we let you edit secured documents, that just wouldn’t be right).
The service is based on Acrobat X’s capability to export PDF files to Word, so be assured that the quality is top-notch. And at just US$19.99 per year for unlimited conversions, how can you resist? You can sleep easy at night knowing that we’re working on ways to unlock information in PDF files that is of value to you.
Have you tried it yet? What do you think? Let us know by leaving a comment!
Since its release in February, Adobe FormsCentral has been getting a lot of attention: as a super simple way to build an HTML form and collect, organize, and analyze responses, it cuts a compelling figure in the field. However, one thing we heard from you all from the get-go was: “When will I be able to embed a form in my web page instead of just adding a link to that form?”
Today we’d like to welcome the newest member of the Acrobat.com Services family: Adobe ExportPDF. This new service is designed to export your PDF files to an editable .docx document (for Microsoft Office 2007 and 2010). The following comes from Acrobat.com Product Marketing Manager, Todd Gerber.
Coming at you right here over the wires is a story about a group of amateur radio operators (or “hams”) down in the southern part of the United States. These gentlemen work as a team on weekends and evenings to share information and chat re: radio stuffs, and have been doing so as a cohesive group for years. Now, for this group, being spread out over distance and committing only their free time to radio activity (that is, activity relating to radio; not ionizing particles), it’s not always easy to share findings and meet in person; radio waves may carry their voices for miles, but what about graphics or files on their computers’ hard drives? When The Bell Ringers have got images to share, software to demonstrate, or problems to solve, they turn to Acrobat.com for screen sharing and virtual meetings. Let’s dive in and take a look at what it is they do.
Well, maybe not immediately; it’s a subtle addition. But try harder: when you sign into your account at Acrobat.com, take a look at the UI. No, we haven’t chosen a new font and dyed the background pink; we’ve just made it much (much) easier for you to launch your ConnectNow meeting room. Now, when you open up your organizer, look at the top of the page, just above the menu bar, and you’ll see a new tab labeled “Web Conferencing”. Go ahead; click on it.
You’ll immediately be at your launching pad, from which you can not only start a meeting, but also view your subscription and the number of people you’re allowed to invite. You’ll also be shown your meeting room URL so you can copy and paste it into an email or a Facebook post or anywhere you want to put the information for someone attending your meeting. Whenever you’re logged in, you’re only two clicks away from starting a meeting! Now, isn’t that easy?
What do you think of the new addition? Like it? Love it? Loathe it? Let us know by commenting below!
The following comes from Acrobat.com’s Product Marketing Manager, Todd Gerber. Thanks, Todd, for this great story!
In a recent conversation with Ian Marshman, founder of Tourism Strategies, we learned how difficult it can be to market exotic travel destinations across the South Pacific and Australia, and how the company is using Adobe Acrobat.com to overcome many of those challenges.
Marshman explained how Tourism Strategies uses Acrobat.com to share documents with travel agencies scattered in urban and remote locations—regardless of local bandwidth—and accelerate the design, review, and delivery of brochures. The consultancy can distribute these documents more reliably and solicit feedback from travel partners much more conveniently than with size-restricted email servers or with costly and cumbersome physical mailings.
Also, Tourism Strategies has expanded its service offerings with Acrobat.com by delivering electronic diaries to student travelers to enhance experience on educational excursions. The electronic documents—complete with itineraries, assignments, and activities—can be shared both with the students and their parents.
To learn more about how Tourism Strategies is using Acrobat.com, visit: http://adobe.ly/eIt3ms
Todd Gerber, Group Product Marketing Manager, Acrobat.com Solutions
By now, you’ve had time to check out Adobe CreatePDF and see what it can do—namely, create PDF files, combine files into a single PDF, and even print to PDF from your desktop applications. By now, therefore, you’ve surely noticed that Acrobat.com is feeling a bit neglected; while you’re still happily sharing your workspaces and collaborating on documents with Tables and Buzzword (and we’re sure that you are), it’s been a while since you’ve used the Acrobat.com service for creating your PDF files. Both of these services—Adobe CreatePDF and Acrobat.com—allow you to make PDF files from your documents; so how can you choose between them? The short answer: You don’t have to! Use them both! The longer answer… well, read on and see.
Okay, okay, we get it: you’ve learned the concept that makes Adobe SendNow so great. Choose a file, choose a recipient, send the file—all done, it was easy, never worked better or more quickly. It doesn’t take a super smartypants to master SendNow’s simple (and simply beautiful) interface, and it’s not exactly rocket science to see that it’s probably the smoothest and easiest way to send huge files from one place to another. But wait: SendNow’s behavior is more than interface-deep. Here, check out how to use SendNow to present your material (including all those audio and video files) to clients and colleagues, even when you’ve got multiple files to share or have to control the mode of presentation.
Okay, everyone, this is it; the moment we’ve been waiting for from the beginning. We’ve created a form. We’ve customized each part of it, tested the whole thing, tailored the messaging for our respondents, and distributed it. People everywhere have filled it out and submitted responses—from their iPads and Android phones to desktop computers and laptops. But why did we create the form in the first place? The obvious answer: to get answers. The submissions come flying in from these from submissions and wind up in the FormsCentral “View Responses” tab, neatly organized in a data table. Let’s take a look at our data and muck around with it; there’s plenty to do with our responses, and we’ll try a few of those things in this post.
Hey, great job making that form the other day with Adobe FormsCentral . I bet when you tested it out you were really excited to see it in action. Wait, what? You haven’t tested it yet? Well, hop to it! And while we’re at it, I have a few extra tips for you when you’re ready to distribute the final product.
Remember Monday, when we talked about how each form you make is entirely under your control? That refers not only to the look and feel of the form (the text formatting, the color of the page, even the layout!), but also—to an extent—to the experience your form respondents will have with the form. When you’re done creating and formatting your form and you’re ready to send it out to make its way in the world, don’t go straight to the “Distribute” tab; use the “Test” tab first. By choosing to test your form before opening it up to responses, you’ll be giving yourself the chance to go through your form and fill it out exactly as your respondents will; your experience and theirs will be identical.