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September 9, 2010

Making a Great First Impression

Have you taken a look at the Acrobat User Community Job Board lately? There are lots of interesting opportunities for job seekers and those looking for help with their projects – from paid internships to consulting to full-time designer and system analyst positions. If you are looking for new and interesting work where you can use your Acrobat skills, there’s a great resource to find the right job for you.

We all know that we only have one chance to make a good first impression, but how can you present yourself in the most flattering light? One approach is to build and deliver your resume as a PDF Portfolio that stands out from everyone else’s standard-looking resumes.

With PDF Portfolios, you can create a powerful and engaging way to show off your experience and skills. You can package a wide range of content – multiple documents, including your resume, examples of your previous work, even in multimedia formats, for example – into a single easily read file. All your future employer needs is the free Adobe Reader 9.

Competition for jobs today is intense. So why not be creative and give yourself the best shot you can at that next great job? If you want to learn how to build a PDF Portfolio, there’s a great tutorial here on AcrobatUsers.com.

Good luck!

Ali Hanyaloglu, Product Evangelist, Acrobat Solutions

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September 7, 2010

MAX 2010 Preconference for Flash Builder Developers

For the first time, Adobe Acrobat has a preconference lab at MAX and it’s going to be a great one. Why? Because now Acrobat is even more fully embracing the Flash Platform, Flash Designers and Flash Builder Developers. The preconference lab takes place Sunday, October 24th 2010 – look for the preconference session below then keep reading for a description of what we’ll cover.

Using Flash Builder 4 to Create Custom PDF Portfolio Layouts

Leverage your ActionScript or Flash design skills to build custom PDF Portfolio layouts. This hands-on lab will introduce you to a new set of tools for developing PDF Portfolio layouts in Flash Builder 4. The PDF Portfolio Layout SDK and Flash Builder plug-in support the process of creating, debugging, and packaging these layouts. Clients will be amazed by the rich user experience you can create for assembling content and communications as part of your brand or design services.

Hopefully you already know what a PDF Portfolio is but if not, you can watch this video on Adobe TV to get a good overview of this cool new capability in Acrobat 9.

Background:
Acrobat 9 comes with a default set of PDF Portfolio Layouts. These are great for bundling up a set of files and sending them around as a single PDF file. There are some basic features that allow you to customize headers and a welcome screen as well as the ability to apply different color palettes. But, with Acrobat 9.1, we introduced a rich ActionScript API that can be used to create interactive, highly branded custom PDF Portfolio layouts or “Navigators”, as they are referred to in the API.

That was phase one.

Phase Two:
At MAX 2010, well be introducing a beta version of a new set of tools that plug into Flash Builder 4 to support the process of creating, debugging, and packaging PDF Portfolio Layouts that have even more capabilities than previously available. Users will be able to experience your new enhanced PDF Portfolio Layouts in a future release of Adobe Reader 9 that will be available when these tools are released.

The New Project Wizard:
The New Project Wizard is an extension that automates the process of creating a basic navigator project.

After running the wizard, you’ll have a basic navigator with all the code and resources you need to compile, package and deploy for use in Acrobat, it’s basically identical to one of the Layouts that we ship with Acrobat, so you know it’s been tested and is ready to go.

The Debug Launcher:
The Debug Launcher is a Flash Builder launch configuration type that has been customized to support the running and debugging of navigator projects in a Previewer application.

The Previewer Application:
The Previewer Application is a simulation of the Acrobat and Reader PDF Portfolio runtime. It allows you to test your Layout in various flavors of Acrobat and in Reader with a virtual PDF that has different permission bits. It even lets you test your custom properties, metadata and localization strings, all without loading your Layout into Acrobat itself.

The Export Wizard:
The Export Wizard packages all of the needed navigator resources into a single .nav file.

Pushing the Envelope:
Finally, all of the custom components that we use in the Layouts that ship with Acrobat are available for you to either use as-is or extend. This opens up opportunities to customize a PDF Portfolio Layout if you are a Flash Builder expert or just getting started. The image below is a customized PDF Portfolio Layout running in the Preview Application.

What’s in it for Flash Designers?
Because these tools are built on Flash Builder 4 and use the new skinning model, Flash Professional Designers can use their existing skills to create “Visual Themes” or skins for all of the skinnable components in the Acrobat Portfolio SDK. If you know how to skin a video player, you can skin these components – it’s that easy.

Please join us and learn about these great new tools. See the Preconference page at the MAX web site.

Joel Geraci, Acrobat Technical Evangelist

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September 2, 2010

PDF Portfolios: Check Out Some Great Examples or Submit Your Own

Acrobat 9 PDF Portfolios are an easy, engaging way to share your work with others. Using PDF Portfolios, you can quickly combine a wide range of content, give it a customized, unified look, and share it broadly and securely. There are some great examples of PDF Portfolios on the Adobe PDF Showcase page.

One of my favorites is the portfolio that goes over the features of Acrobat 9 itself.  It begins with a video baked right into the portfolio, and moves to an overview of Acrobat 9 where the viewer is given a snapshot of each of the product’s highlights, again via video. Pretty cool – more like a movie than a collection of PDF files!

Many of our active users have already embraced the power of PDF Portfolios. In fact, there is a new collaboration exchange showcase on AcrobatUsers.com. The PDF Portfolio Exchange showcases real-world examples of PDF Portfolio templates and layouts that you can download and start using immediately. You just download a template and add your own files or download a PDF Portfolio Layout (which is a .NAV file), install it and create a new PDF Portfolio from scratch.

If you have created a PDF Portfolio template or layout you’d be willing to share with the community, you can do that too, here.

PDF is everywhere, with about 150 million on the web today and countless PDF files in use internally by governments and businesses around the world. Acrobat 9 PDF Portfolios help combine and integrate these files in a way that makes it easy to consume, providing a whole new way to share information and make your message truly stand out.

Lori DeFurio, Group Product Marketing Manager, Acrobat Solutions

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