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October 21, 2010

Under The Hood: A Behind the Scenes Look at the New Acrobat X User Interface

The user experience. It’s always been important, and it’s always been something any company worth its salt will focus on when building new software. Take the newly-announced Acrobat X for example. We started gathering feedback from the Acrobat user community pretty much the day after launching Acrobat  9. For Acrobat X, we wanted to clearly communicate that Acrobat is about more than just PDF creation, and consequently have the UI really talk the talk. We wanted to make it easy for those familiar with Acrobat to take a deeper dive into areas that may be new to them. And we wanted to reduce redundancy, clutter and multiple entry points to make the whole experience more sleek and intuitive.

This comprehensive Q&A with Acrobat senior product manager Chris French, “The What and Why Behind the Acrobat UI Changes”  goes deep into the changes — and the thinking behind the decisions — in the simplified and streamlined UI of Acrobat X. Chris takes a thoughtful look at the new UI changes, describes the process behind them, and explains how the Acrobat user community helped steer the direction in many of the decisions. Check out the Acrobat User Community story here. Enjoy!

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October 19, 2010

What Developers Need to Know About Acrobat X

Yesterday, we announced Acrobat X and there are a ton of significant changes and great new stuff for developers to play with.  Joel Geraci, Technical Evangelist for Acrobat, along with the help of Leonard Rosenthol, PDF Standards Architect, PDF guru and developer extraordinaire, compiled a list of the top things developers need to know. Get the in-depth overview here.

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Customer Insights: Bureau Veritas on Acrobat X

Take a look at how customers Kevin Wedman and Kyle Froling of Bureau Veritas, a global leader in delivering quality, health, environment, and safety (QHSE) solutions, are responding to the new Acrobat X product family. In a recent visit with Lori DeFurio, Group Product Marketing Manager, Acrobat Solutions, the Bureau Veritas team discusses how enhancements in Acrobat X will further improve collaboration across their project teams, reduce administration costs, and bring greater control to complex engineering and construction workflows.

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October 18, 2010

Acrobat X Opens a New World of Document Collaboration and Innovation

Today, we introduced the Adobe Acrobat X software family, the next generation of software solutions and services that empowers professionals to innovate and create high-quality content, while driving tighter collaboration and productivity across teams in today’s dynamic business environments.

Acrobat X delivers new guided Actions to simplify multi-step document preparation and publishing processes; completely new customization capabilities in PDF Portfolios to unify multiple file types into a compelling presentation; new exchange document services on Acrobat.com to give individuals the ability to collaborate more efficiently. Integration with Microsoft SharePoint enables consistency of PDF documents across the enterprise; and re-use of content is now easier with higher quality export to Microsoft Word and Excel.

But today’s news is really about a dramatic improvement in how we exchange and collaborate on documents. Our customers tell us they spend too much time figuring out how to do their jobs. They regularly face the difficulties of keeping everyone on the same page. They struggle with a staggering volume of information and the negative effect it has on their work.  They want to reduce the complexity. Yesterday’s tools and techniques no longer cut it if you want to move your business towards tomorrow.

In a recent study of enterprise collaboration techniques, the Gilbane Group said, “The document is becoming a parallel collaboration channel to the Web, a channel in which people not only create and consume ideas, but also interact around them, creating innovation and value.” Clearly, our expectations of what a document is and does are changing. Today’s documents need to be dynamic. They must have tools for collecting, sharing and aggregating feedback. They must be able to contain comprehensive content, from text and images to audio and video.

Documents need to be dynamic in every dimension: It’s not just about content, it’s also about context. The context in which we present information or the order in which it is viewed is as critical to the overall communication as the content itself.  For example, when a sales presentation is sent to a customer that contains slides, a short video and an order form, how might we manage the process that the customer moves through the information so we can create the most impact and get the order? Think of an insurance company that can process video, images and forms to expedite a claim. Or similarly video, images and testimony in support of a case for law enforcement.  Putting content into context not only adds clarity; it improves productivity as well because the information is more actionable. You can see powerful examples of PDF Portfolios here.

The new Acrobat X software family redefines how documents are managed and used, how they are perceived, and how dynamic they can be.  And now, anyone with the free Adobe Reader X can join the review and feedback process—all with access to sticky notes and highlighting commenting tools, as well as full control and security.

We’ve introduced new Acrobat services today, as well. Adobe SendNow, a new document exchange service lets you send and receive large files and track them with proof of receipt, so you can avoid e-mail gateway issues, complicated FTP servers, or the costs of expensive overnight mail. The SendNow service will be available when Acrobat X ships. Adobe CreatePDF is a new document exchange service that will be available through the Adobe Reader X interface as well as through the browser and allows a user to quickly create a PDF online. The CreatePDF service will also be available when Adobe Acrobat X ships.

These days, the document is very much the proxy of its author.  It represents what you do, how you do it and the value you deliver to your company, coworkers or partners. With Acrobat X, your documents can be virtually unconstrained, as dynamic as you need them to be, expressing the creativity and innovation that leads to greater productivity.

Welcome to the next generation of document collaboration. Be sure to check out our new web site for a sneak peak of Acrobat X. And don’t forget to sign up for a trial download notification so you can be one of the first to see how Acrobat X can dramatically improve the way you exchange and collaborate on documents.

Kevin M. Lynch, vice president and general manager of Acrobat, Digital Enterprise Solutions Group

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October 17, 2010

Adobe Unveils New Acrobat X Solutions

Today, we announced the new Acrobat X software family. If you’re ready for a new experience creating, reviewing and sharing compelling documents and achieving greater productivity for your organizations, read the news here. For a preview of the product family – Acrobat X, Reader X, the new Acrobat X Suite and new document exchange services at Acrobat.com - check out our product pages.

Either way, we think you’ll be impressed with the powerful new features to help you innovate and create higher-quality content, designed to help drive tighter collaboration and productivity across teams in your dynamic business environments.

Stay tuned for a full week of Acrobat X insights from the team: blogs, videos, tips and tricks and more.

Cheers,

The Acrobat Solutions Team

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October 14, 2010

Save the Date: Acrobat Security and Digital IDs eSeminar

Join Ali Hanyaloglu, worldwide product evangelist for Acrobat and community leader for AcrobatUsers.com, Wednesday, Oct 20, 2010, 10 a.m. PST, to learn how to use passwords and set permissions to prevent unauthorized access to your documents. You’ll also learn how to add digital signatures to PDF files. A digital signature is like a thumbprint: It identifies the signer of the document and records any changes the signer makes to the document.

Discover how you can use the document security and digital signature features in Acrobat 9 to: Apply password protection to a file to protect access; Set permissions to restrict printing, copying or altering; Certify the contents of a PDF file; Sign certified documents; Apply server-based security policies to PDF files; Create a digital ID; Apply digital IDs to authenticate documents; Modify signature appearance, and much more.

Acrobat 9 gives you all the tools you need to ensure your PDF documents are secure. You don’t need to secure every PDF file you create, but when you want to restrict access to your document or prevent further changes or edits to the content, it’s good to know how to do it.

Ali has been involved with Acrobat since version 2 and as an Adobe Certified Expert, has been a featured speaker at several conferences and online events…. But if that isn’t enough to sign up, register for the eSeminar now for a chance to win a copy of the Adobe Acrobat 9 PDF Bible by Ted Padova!

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