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January 31, 2011

Acrobat X: The Credits

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

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January 26, 2011

Adobe #Acroview Recap

For those of you tuned in for Tuesday’s Acrobat Twitterview with senior product managers Chris French and Dave Stromfeld, thanks for joining! And for those who may have missed it, today’s your lucky day! See the Twitterview in its entirety below. And congratulations again to @alexblacktooth, our question contributor chosen at random, who won a copy of Acrobat X Pro! We look forward to hosting more Twitterviews in the future, so be sure to follow us on Twitter @Acrobat for the latest updates. Have a topic you’d like to hear more about? Leave us a comment and we’ll do our best to work it into the Twitterview schedule!

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January 21, 2011

Coming Soon: “Ask The Xpert” Twitterviews and win free Acrobat X!

With all the great questions you have been asking about Acrobat here and via Twitter, we wanted to dedicate some time to answer your questions with a new Twitterview Q&A series we are launching. The first kicks off next week: “Ask The Xpert,” on Tuesday, January 25 from 10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Pacific, our hosts are the Acrobat team’s own Chris French and Dave Stromfeld.  

What are Twitterviews? It’s simply an interview conducted in Twitter, where you are the interviewer, and our special guests will answer your Acrobat product-related questions. Are you wondering about how to use Action Wizard? Curious about creating PDF Portfolios? It’s fair game here. We have a dedicated hashtag, #Acroview, that you can use when asking your questions in our Twitter page (@Acrobat).

As an added incentive, all users who ask a question for Tuesday’s Twitterview will be entered into a random drawing to win a free copy of Acrobat X Pro!  You can even start right now by asking your question in a comment on this blog post.  Make sure to include your Twitter handle if you have one, as we will be announcing the winner at the end of our Twitterview on January 25 via the @Acrobat handle.  So mark your calendars and join us, Tuesday from 10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Pacific   – you won’t be sorry!       

Here’s a little bit about Chris and Dave:

Chris French is a Senior Product Manager who’s worked on Acrobat and Reader versions 9 and X since joining Adobe in 2007.  For Acrobat X, he managed the redesign of the new user interface, production and of the new Acrobat X Suite, and IT deployment improvements.  Prior to joining Adobe, Chris was a Product Manager for two successful SAAS startups providing on-demand collaboration services to the building and cellular industries.  When he’s not talking to customers or exploring new uses for PDF Chris can be found down the street at the Shark Tank cheering on his team in Teal or helping his wife to keep up with his two kid’s social schedules.

Dave Stromfeld is a Senior Product Manager who’s worked on Acrobat, Reader and Acrobat.com since 2001. During his career, he’s overseen such diverse areas as Forms, Search, Installation and Deployment, Redaction, Beta Programs and e-Commerce. He’s currently sitting at his computer right now trying to think of the next cool feature. Prior to Adobe, he sold wine and worked in a bank. He enjoys trying to get more Americans to care about soccer (usually unsuccessfully) and is addicted to the Tootsie Rolls in the Adobe candy jar. He can be followed on Twitter at @acro_dave. 

Dave Stromfeld (left) & Chris French (right)

Dave Stromfeld (left) and Chris French (right)

Stay tuned here for more announcements about future “Ask The Xperts,” which will feature Acrobat luminaries ranging from book authors to PDF gurus to members of our product team!

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January 20, 2011

Stamp, stamp where is that file stamp?

Acrobat provides a number of ways to stamp information on documents using either the Headers/Footers function or Bates Stamping.

But why would one need to stamp a file name on the document? Read this post on the subject from Rick Borstein, Business Development Manager for Acrobat, and learn how to simplify stamping using Actions in Acrobat X Pro here.

For even more resources about Acrobat in the legal community, be sure to follow Rick on Twitter (@acrolaw) and tune in to his blog.

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January 18, 2011

Product Management Perspective: Content Reuse in Acrobat X

While working with a PDF document, do you have a need to use some of its contents for a file in another document? But how you say? Today, I’ll share how Adobe Acrobat X enables you to do this with new capabilities that we have built in the product.

Exporting An Entire PDF

If you want to save all the contents of a PDF file to an editable Microsoft Word file, you just have to go to “File -> Save As -> Microsoft Word -> Word Document.” This will export the entire PDF to a .docx file. Using Acrobat X, you can be assured of a high quality export that retains document formatting, paragraphs, tables, images, etc. as they are present in the original PDF. You can also use this feature to save PDF of a scanned document as MS Word file.

At the same time, if your PDF file has tables and you want to save the document as MS Excel file, you can use “File -> Save As -> Spreadsheet -> Microsoft Excel Workbook” to export the entire PDF to a .xlsx file.

 

 Exporting Selected Content

However, if you only want to extract and re-use some specific content (including text and images) and not the entire PDF file, we have added a cool feature in Acrobat X to help you do just that. In order to copy specific content, take the cursor to a blank area, press the left key of your mouse and then use the mouse cursor to select the area which you want to copy. Once the required area is selected, open the context menu and chose the “Copy with Formatting” option to copy the selected content to the clipboard and then paste it to Word, Excel etc.  You can also choose the “Export Selection As” option and then in the resulting window, you can type the name and chose the format of the file (for example .docx, .xlsx, .rtf etc.) in which you want the selected contents saved. It is as simple as that!

 

As you can see, the new capabilities in Acrobat X now make it very easy for you to use contents of a PDF file in another document. We encourage you to try these out and see the results for yourselves and share your impressions in the comment section of this blog, or via @Acrobat on Twitter.

Anuj Gupta, Product Manager, Acrobat Solutions Group

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January 12, 2011

Hot off the Press: Acrobat X Classroom in a Book

Where do you go when you want to learn more about Acrobat, but don’t have time for a class or eSeminar? Maybe it’s your first time using Acrobat and you want to learn how to convert to PDF, add or delete pages or edit PDF files. On the other hand, you may be a seasoned Acrobat veteran who wants to start distributing forms and collecting data or using new Acrobat X Pro features like the Action Wizard to automate multistep tasks.

Adobe Acrobat X Classroom in a Book is a guide for all levels of Acrobat users, whether you’re a newbie or want to dive deeper into product functionality. The book logically opens with an introduction to Adobe Acrobat X and creating PDF files and then covers more advanced tasks like combining content in PDF Portfolios and using Acrobat for PDF-based document reviews. Each chapter is a step-by-step, project-based guide with questions at the end of each lesson. Other topics covered include working with forms, adding security to documents, using Acrobat with Microsoft Office files, and making scanned text editable and searchable.

 To get you started, we’d like to share three sample chapters from the book:

  • About PDF Portfolios: learn how to assemble multiple files into an integrated PDF Portfolio
  • Actions: run a sample Action and then learn how to create and share Actions with others
  • The Document Review Process: learn the basics of how to annotate a PDF file with Acrobat commenting and markup tools and how initiate a shared review with multiple participants

Adobe Acrobat X Classroom in a Book comes to us from Adobe Press, an imprint of Peachpit and the publisher of the popular Classroom in a Book series. The authors for these guides are writers and editors with extensive, real-world knowledge and expertise of Adobe products. Some are even former Adobe employees. 

Adobe Acrobat X Classroom in a Book is now available to order online or through your local bookstore! Keep an eye out for future contests here and at our Twitter page (@Acrobat) for opportunities to win free copies!

Stephanie Baartz-Bowman, Principal Product Marketing Manager, Acrobat

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