Archive for July, 2011
FormsCentral adds summary reports, ratings scale, skip logic, Twitter integration and more
Since we introduced our online forms service, FormsCentral, we’ve seen all sorts of organizations – from businesses and educational institutions to nonprofits – take advantage of the simplicity and speed our service provides to design, distribute, collect, and analyze data from HTML forms and surveys. Customers have been using FormsCentral for everything from grant applications and satisfaction surveys to class and event registration, as well as research. With the help of FormsCentral, they are moving their organizations forward, maintaining brand integrity, and creating worthwhile experiences for their constituencies. What’s more, they did all this without having to call the IT department.
While FormsCentral has made the task of creating surveys and collecting and analyzing data simpler than ever, there were a few loose ends. We took a look at the wish lists and the pain points of both forms creators and forms fillers and have added several new features, including the following that we are announcing today:
- Create Summary Reports – Automatically generate a summary report for each form or survey you create. For each chart in the report, decide whether to display the caption, absolute count, or percentage of the total. Export the summary report to PDF or as a zip file of all the images to place directly in a presentation.
- Add Rating Scales – Get quick insights into customer opinions regarding your product or services – are they satisfied or unsatisfied with our level of support, ease of use?
- Apply Page Skip Logic – Tailor the form path with your respondent’s answers. With the easy-to-use interface you can define which page of your form respondents go to next based on their answer(s) to a previous question or even a combination of questions. (Paid-only feature)
- Redirect after submit – After respondents submit the form, redirect them to your website from the confirmation page or send them back to an empty form so they can fill it out again. (Paid-only feature)
- Embed your form – Cut-and-paste provided HTML code into your website or wiki and the form you created appears directly within your site. As always, responses are collected and stored within FormsCentral where you can analyze and share results easily.
- Integrate with Twitter – Sign into Twitter and post a message with a link to your form or survey from within FormsCentral.
We created FormsCentral to save you time and allow you to respond faster to customer and business needs. We think we’ve made FormsCentral even easier to use and more customizable with these new capabilities. For small and medium sized businesses that need an easy platform to create professional, branded forms, FormsCentral is the answer.
And it’s affordable! A free account gives you one form and up to 50 responses, and you can begin collecting and reviewing responses immediately. For $14.99 per month, you can create up to five forms and collect 500 responses per form. For $199 a year, you can create any unlimited number of forms or surveys and get up to 5,000 responses each.
If you haven’t yet tried FormsCentral, now is a great time to get all the details and go for a free test drive. When you see how it can add a new dimension to your business, we’ll think you’ll be sold.
Randy Swineford, group product manager, Acrobat Solutions
Customer Spotlight: Innovative Design Firm uses Adobe Acrobat to Bring Static Presentations to Life.
Demitri Alexander, multimedia designer at ProPoint Graphics, recently talked to us about how the design firm uses Adobe Acrobat to bring static presentations and marketing collateral to life. Using Acrobat, ProPoint Graphics incorporates interactive, dynamic content into traditional corporate documents and presentations for better engagement and higher impact.
ProPoint Graphics develops unique, multifaceted promotional campaigns spanning a variety of media. Using Adobe Acrobat and dynamic PDF files, ProPoint Graphics accelerates delivery of creative assets across operating environments, reducing development time and costs.
Alexander says, “Using Adobe Acrobat eliminates accessibility concerns because PDF is a universal format that anyone can view with only the Adobe Reader software. It’s an ideal vehicle to deliver any type of rich, high-quality business communications.”
ProPoint Graphics recently helped Showtime increase downloads of press kits for the television network’s The Tudors show by incorporating interactive elements created using a variety of software.
The interactive press kit helped generate viewer and media buzz surrounding the final season of the show. With Adobe Acrobat, ProPoint Graphics creates interactive experiences that are extensions of client brands and messaging. To learn more about how ProPoint Graphics is using Adobe Acrobat, click here.
Ali Hanyaloglu, senior marketing manager, Acrobat Solutions
@EBhere! Congratulations Eric Brown on winning our RT contest on Twitter. Peachpit’s ‘Classroom in a Book’ offers much more than your typical guidebook – it’s an official training series from Adobe developed with the support of Adobe product experts.
In 13 lessons, ‘Classroom in a Book’ covers the basics such as creating PDF files to some more advanced tips and techniques such as adding signatures and security. Take a look at a list of topics covered:
- Exploring the work area
- Creating Adobe PDF files
- Reading and Working with PDF Files
- Using Acrobat with Microsoft Office Files (Windows)
- Enhancing and Editing PDF Documents
- Combining Files in PDF/Portfolios
- Adding signatures and security
- Using Acrobat in a Review Cycle
- Working with forms in Acrobat
- Using Actions
- Using the legal features
- Using acrobat in professional printing
If you weren’t lucky this time and are still intrigued, ‘Classroom in a Book’ is sold on Peachpit’s online store for $49.99. Take a look around because you might find something else that piques your interest. And don’t forget to follow Peachpit and Acrobat on Twitter for the latest news, tips and tutorials, interviews, and of course, contests!
With today’s release of the Safari 5.1 browser, we wanted to alert you of some compatibility issues and workarounds that relate to Adobe Reader and Acrobat. Adobe Reader and Acrobat are not compatible with the Safari 5.1 browser, announced today. Adobe Reader and Acrobat will continue to work as standalone applications on Mac OS X 10.7 and 10.6, and will render PDF documents outside of the browser, but applications that require the Adobe Reader or Acrobat plug-in to render PDF documents in the Safari browser will be affected. For Adobe Reader, Acrobat, and LiveCycle customers who utilize functionality like forms, digital signatures, portfolios, guides, 3D, extended PDFs and rights management, and who require the Adobe Reader or Acrobat plug-in to render PDF documents in the Safari browser, we recommend that you continue to use Safari 5.0.x and Mac OS X 10.6.
As we continue to investigate this, we will be sure to keep you updated. Currently, we expect to provide a better workaround for this issue before the end of 2011.
For more information, please see Knowledge Base Article CPSID_90885
Steve Gottwals, group product manager, Adobe Reader
Every day, thousands of overnight envelopes criss-cross the globe, many containing critical business documents that require someone’s signature. Adobe’s document solutions have historically helped organizations turn inefficient, paper-based workflows – like overnight envelopes – into streamlined electronic ones. Today, we’re adding a key component to our document exchange services platform that addresses the need to provide better customer experiences by significantly reducing the time, cost, and complexity associated with getting a document signed.
Adobe announced today that we have acquired EchoSign, the leading Web-based provider of electronic signatures and signature automation. EchoSign’s pioneering electronic signature solution will be a key component of Adobe’s document exchange services platform for reliably exchanging documents for universal access, review and approval. It will be integrated with Adobe’s other document services including SendNow for managed file transfer, FormsCentral for form creation and CreatePDF for online PDF creation, enabling customers to significantly accelerate sales cycles, improve tracking and centralize the management of signed agreements through a simple to use cloud service.
With just one click, the EchoSign electronic signature solution automates the entire signature process from the request for signature to the distribution and execution of the form or agreement. The EchoSign solution provides a secure subscription-based service to individuals, SMBs and enterprise customers, enabling real-time visibility into the signature process and automatically storing and managing all signed documents. What’s more, there’s nothing to download or install.
The EchoSign service includes a rich set of APIs for incorporation with company-specific solutions to improve the process of sending, tracking and signing documents online. The EchoSign service integrates with partner solutions, such as Salesforce.com and NetSuite.
We think that bringing together EchoSign’s ease of use with Adobe’s brand, reach, and trust in the document space makes for a perfect match. Our aim is to make electronic signatures the common way for people to sign documents.