It’s a new year, so we’re in a bit of a reflective mood. In October, we unveiled the new Acrobat X solutions, and while it only took a day to announce the new release of Acrobat, did you know that it took almost three years to make it a reality?
Thanks to the team’s efforts, Acrobat X has garnered a number of accolades in its infancy including the PCMag.com Editors’ Choice and Best Products of 2010 Awards. Top publications such as About.com (5 out of 5 rating) , NotebookReview.com (4 out of 5) and PCMag.com (4.5 out of 5) have praised Acrobat X’s new and enhanced features. It’s certainly a testament to everyone’s hard work.
That said, while we’ll have some exciting news to share with you throughout 2011, we wanted to spend a moment in this young year to recognize the sheer magnitude of talent that went into developing Acrobat X—by-the-numbers. From the lines of code to the number of hours put into Acrobat X, here’s to each and every one for their blood, sweat and tears that made Acrobat X happen!
A few of our favorite highlights, by the numbers:
• Number of Adobe employees that worked on Acrobat X: 950
• Number of hours the team worked on Acrobat X: 5 million
• Number of working days spent on the product: Approximately 625
• Number of customers visited: 1,200 in 20+ countries
• Number of pre-release beta testers: 3,100 participants
• Number of pre-release forum posts: Close to 6,000
• Number of customer bugs fixed (pre-release): Over 250
• Number of languages shipped: 30 languages
• Gallons of coffee, pounds of chocolate, orders of take-out and bags of tootsie rolls consumed: To be determined, but like most of you with new year’s resolutions we’re hitting the gym, trails, surf and slopes!
And this doesn’t even take into account the exceptional contractors, vendors and partners who continue to offer their creativity and domain expertise. We raise our glass with a toast of thanks – and to the exciting prospect of offerings to come in 2011.
Stephanie Baartz-Bowman, Principal Product Marketing Manager, Acrobat