In the Adobe office, we really like cake. Chocolate, red velvet, raspberry-marzipan-coconut swirl… you name it, we’ll eat it. But with all these over-the-top flavors we’re often tempted by, it can be easy to forget that a basic chiffon can be exactly right: classic, simple, and elegant, without any distracting additions to detract from the satisfaction of a familiar flavor done well.
So here we are to write an open letter to our dear old favorite SendNow Basic plan: Dear friend, no, you won’t manage our finances or do our dry cleaning. But you need not be fancy to require proof of delivery and download, or to require sign-in for each file you send. Security, as far as we’re concerned, should be expected of any vanilla cake; you shouldn’t have to add chocolate chips and lemon custard just to protect your own documents.
Though you may be simple, we can still dress you up: you’re happy to don that professional look by allowing for personal branding, which is an amazing feat for such an easy-to-use service. For those who run a small business, the ability to apply a logo to your clean appearance makes you a worthy choice for sending files to clients and customers.
Not only do you look the part; you play the part by offering 5GB of storage capacity, 200 possible recipients for each file transaction, and an impressive 500 downloads per file. Show us any other basic cake that can do all that!
SendNow Basic, we’re proud to include you in our tiered offerings at Acrobat.com – and at only $9.99 each month, you’re not too far out of reach. Thank you for being our simple and elegant chiffon cake, and not a chocolate-banana-hazelnut-cream pie.
This week, some very exciting enhancements to Adobe SendNow were picked up on and featured by the incomparable Harry McCracken over on the Technologizer blog in an excellent summary post (thanks, Harry!). The Technologizer article also highlights a piece of the industry-leading SendNow service that we happen to care deeply about: that people can send 100 MB files using Adobe SendNow’s free plan (and 2 GB files with SendNow Basic and Plus subscriptions). We like to think that this is just common decency: allowing for truly large files (100 MB is not small!) to be sent free of charge is our (frankly superior) solution to a ubiquitous problem. While other services in the field may believe that 50 MB is generous enough, we happen not to agree. We want SendNow to be the best it can be—the best available, in fact—and that means giving you what you need from a file transfer service. These features are based directly on suggestions that we heard from all of you, and we’re very happy to be able to offer them.
For more information, visit Adobe SendNow and Acrobat.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.”
At Acrobat.com, we’re all about sharing. We love to share. We love to help you share. We love to share with you that we love to help you share. We could share our feelings about sharing for hours. Luckily for you, we won’t do that (much) and would rather spend some time letting you know about the updated file sharing mechanism in this latest release of Acrobat.com. Now you won’t have to share for hours; it’ll only take you moments.
We have already covered sharing Acrobat.com Workspaces and managing members, so let’s focus on sharing individual files.
We have just posted a 7-minute video on Adobe TV that is an introduction to creating, working with and sharing an Acrobat.com Workspace. If you haven’t had an opportunity to create a Shared Workspace with your own Acrobat.com account, or you would just like to find out a little bit more, then watch this video to see how you can get started. You can view that video at this page on Adobe TV right now.