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June 16, 2011

We Want Your Insights: Join Our Forrester Research Survey

Adobe has commissioned Forrester Research to examine the total economic impact (TEI) and potential return on investment (ROI) that enterprises realize by deploying Adobe Acrobat X.

Forrester will conduct one hour phone interviews on Adobe’s behalf with our valued customers, who have started using Acrobat X. The results from these interviews will be aggregated and presented as a composite case study for Acrobat in a final report. Your name and your company’s name will not be published as a part of the report.

Participation criteria:

  • Your company is based in either US, Canada, Germany, UK, France or Japan
  • Your company has more than 1,000 employees
  • Your company has deployed a minimum of 20 seats of Acrobat X since January 2011 or earlier
  • You can speak to the IT ROI and end-user ROI that has been gained from Acrobat X
  • You are willing to be interviewed by Forrester Research over the phone for approximately 1 hour (2 hours if translation is necessary)
  • Other criteria decided by Adobe

There are three primary goals of this interview:

  • To understand your environment prior to deploying Acrobat X and your reasons for switching to Acrobat X
  • To understand your post-deployment experience with Acrobat X
  • To ascertain the overall costs and benefits of upgrading, deploying, operating, and managing Acrobat X

In appreciation for your time, we will send a copy of the finished study in PDF via email and $200 AMEX Gift Card once the interview completes.

Interested? Please contact Akiko Yamamoto, if you would like to participate in this study.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Joel Geraci, Acrobat technical evangelist, Acrobat Solutions

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June 15, 2011

Happy Birthday Acrobat and PDF!

Top 10 Ways to Celebrate the birth of a technology that helped change the world

On June 15, Adobe Acrobat and PDF celebrate their 18th birthdays. Turning 18 is pretty significant. There are lots of things you can do at 18 that you couldn’t before. Like all the great new features and capabilities Acrobat has acquired over the years. But that’s for another blog.

Today, we want to celebrate. It would be nice to take Acrobat and PDF out for an evening on the town, for instance, but that’s not likely, of course. Instead, we’ve come up with a few ways you can celebrate this important milestone on your own, or with colleagues and friends, perhaps. All in good fun, naturally.

1. Play PDF Scavenger Hunt – Pick a document, the bigger and more interesting the better. Convert it to a PDF if it’s not already. Then create a list of words and race to find them first using the search tool.

2. Host a Shared Wisdom Meeting – If you’re more inclined to celebrate quietly, we suggest a Shared Wisdom Meeting. This one is great for an interactive lunch setting. Here you and your friends share your best Acrobat tips and tricks gleaned over the past 18 years. Use audio and video, collect your wisdom in a PDF Portfolio and share with colleagues.

3. Rent an Inflatable Jumper – This may be a stretch, but if you’ve never bounced around in one of these inflatable “rooms” it’s worth it to try your best Acrobat-ics.

4. Movie Night – Did you know you can incorporate video, 3D, maps, full-color graphics, photos, and more into PDF files? Yes, that means you can enjoy a movie or your favorite YouTube videos in the comfort of your own PDF!

5. Hawaiian luau – Maybe there’s no official Acrobat or PDF connection, but why not design your invites in PDF?

6. Host a Costume Party – Be anyone you want to be! PDF files are viewable and printable on virtually any platform. Create PDF “masks” with redaction capabilities. Give your PDF Portfolios “costumes” by adding your own logos and image with customization capabilities.

7. Take a Weekend Road Trip – Take lots of photos and keep a journal, then create a PDF Portfolio of your road trip memories.

8. Office Challenge – If you’re the competitive sort, try the shared document reviews marathon (track participation, comments…); or an interactive PDF Forms Relay for tracking and managing responses.

9. Toga Party – These are always fun. Bring a bottle or two of Acrobat wine along to impress your friends. If you need tips watch National Lampoon’s “Animal House.”

10. PDF-a-Palooza – Host a digital marketing party by grabbing your cool artwork and ads and editing your favorite customer photos in Adobe Photoshop. Present your best work to senior management in PDF!

There you go: 10 ways to celebrate Acrobat and PDF with Acrobat and PDF. What will you do to celebrate? We’d love to hear from you! Share your favorite PDF feature or celebration idea with us on our Facebook wall.

Stephanie Baartz-Bowman, principal product marketing manager, Acrobat

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June 14, 2011

What You Need To Know: Acrobat 10.1 Update

As part of the regularly scheduled quarterly security updates for Adobe Reader and Acrobat, we released Adobe Reader and Acrobat 10.1 for Windows today. Check out this ASSET blog post from Brad Arkin, Senior Director, Product Security and Privacy, that highlights the top points of this update, here, including adding Adobe Acrobat Protected View (aka sandboxing).

Looking for a deeper dive on the technical details of the new Protected View added in the Acrobat 10.1 for Windows release?  Joel Geraci, Acrobat Technical Evangelist, posted an inside look, here that details how Protected View is another defense-in-depth feature that is tightly integrated with the existing Enhanced Security feature. Protected View in Acrobat leverages the successful sandbox implementation already in place for Adobe Reader while providing a user experience that should be familiar to Microsoft Office 2010 users. For additional reading on the Adobe Reader perspective, see this blog post from Steve Gottwals, Group Product Manager, Adobe Reader.

For further reading from a security perspective, check out this post from Kyle Randolph, ASSET Technical Lead and Senior Security Researcher at Adobe, who discusses the update in detail and shares some great screen shots, here.

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June 10, 2011

Preview: Acrobat at MAX 2011

What does the Acrobat team have in store for MAX thisyear?

Check out the sessions you won’t want to miss in this detailed blog post from Acrobat Technical Evangelist, Joel Geraci, here.

These labs fill up fast so be sure to register for MAX and sign up early, here.

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June 9, 2011

Facebook Poll Results and Insights

We recently asked our Facebook community, over the course of a week, what’s the average size of files you send with a file transfer program? Naturally, a large portion of poll-responders said they send on average fewer than 25 GB. However, an interesting takeaway is that 29% of our poll-responders said they send 100 GB and 7% send 300 GB. 

Here is a snapshot of the Facebook poll results:

So why does this matter? Those who fall in the 25 GB or more categories know it’s difficult to send large documents and multimedia files. Most free file-sending services only allow for the ability to send up to 50 MB. With Adobe SendNow, you can send big files with ease; our free service offers the ability to send a single file up to 100 MB. Additionally, for a small cost the SendNow Basic and Plus plan will allow you to send up to 2 GB.

William Lau, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Acrobat Solutions

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June 8, 2011

The Acrobat YouTube Channel is now Live!

As much as it pains us to admit, sometimes a blog post isn’t enough to show off the tools and capabilities Acrobat X has to offer.  With that in mind, we’re excited to introduce the Acrobat YouTube Channel.  Ranging from fun Top 10 lists to fascinating insights and developer Q&As, the content provided there will satisfy the curiosity of any Adobe Acrobat fan.  It’s our hope that this channel becomes a valuable information resource for you, similar to our Twitter account, Facebook page, this blog, or Acrobat.com itself. 

The channel contains over 50 videos, with more to come!  There’s plenty of variety, so you’ll be sure to find engaging material.  Take a look at the latest cool tricks, tutorials, and insider perspectives from our developers and product managers.  If you have Acrobat questions, these videos may just be your ticket to answers.  And if you just have comments, don’t be shy: Let’s see them on our new Acrobat YouTube Channel!

Lori DeFurio, Group Product Marketing Manager, Acrobat Solutions

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