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October 18, 2011

Adobe eSign Success Series: Small Companies Build Business with e-Signatures

There are plenty of tech innovations out there that only help a certain kind of business – usually, a bigger one. A small business does not have an IT team to deploy complex solutions or a capital expenditure budget to fund them. But small businesses DO have what it takes to use electronic signatures and take advantage of the cost savings the larger players are getting.

VacationRentalPros.com is one example of a small business with big ideas about using technology to streamline processes, save money and improve customer service. The rental property management company works with about 200 homeowners in Florida to rent out their condos and houses to vacationers. That’s a contract-intensive business, and VacationRentalPros.com juggles about 100 to 150 agreements each month among independent contractor employees, property owners and renters. The company had relied on mail, fax and e-mail to get those contracts signed, but the lag time was excessive – as long as two weeks to get a signature in hand.

The property rental company adopted Adobe EchoSign, attracted by our “a la carte” pricing and Web-based service. Since then, VacationRentalPros.com has estimated they have saved more than $13,000 per year in postage, printing and toner cartridges, storage space and process automation. Additional savings come from the estimated 90 percent time reduction in manual processes for post-sales follow up.

Small businesses in many other industries are seeing similar results. For example, MomTrends Founder and Editor Nicole Feliciano uses e-signing to close more deals, faster. As part of her blogger outreach program, Feliciano uses Adobe EchoSign to deliver contracts electronically, automate signature requests and reminders, and store virtual documents for easy access.  Essentially, Feliciano moved her entire contracting process to the Web, and that decision has helped her focus more time on her core business tasks.

GW Truck Insurance Services, a California-based provider of commercial trucking insurance for small to medium-sized trucking companies, has also seen significant success using Adobe EchoSign. The company uses e-signatures to process insurance applications and authorize coverage for its customers online, which has significantly reduced time spent managing contracts. In addition, GW Truck Insurance Services uses Adobe EchoSign for billing and credits the automatic reminder feature with helping it get paid faster.

Big business has access to plenty of technology initiatives that are out of reach for smaller companies. E-signing is an exception. With no downloads or installations required, companies can choose free or low-cost options to move to legally binding, efficient Web-based contracts that reduce sales cycles by as much as 400 percent.

Jason Lemkin, VP of Web Business Services, Adobe.

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October 17, 2011

Adobe Reader for iOS Now on the Apple App Store

Today, Adobe Reader for iOS is available free on the Apple App Store. This new PDF reader makes it easier than ever to view and interact with any PDF file on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. Now you can quickly and efficiently view the widest range of PDF file types – including PDF Portfolios, password-protected PDF documents and Adobe LiveCycle rights-managed PDF files.

Using Adobe Reader for iOS, you can open and view PDF files from email, on the Web or from any application that supports the “Open In” function. Through its highly intuitive user interface, Adobe Reader provides you with an efficient PDF viewing experience regardless of the device you’re using.

But that’s not all. You can also interact with PDF files in a number of ways including searching for specific text in the PDF or using bookmarks and page thumbnails to quickly navigate to different sections in the PDF file. And should you need a hard copy, you can also print the PDF wirelessly using iOS AirPrint.

Here’s a quick rundown of all you can do with Adobe Reader for iOS on your iOS devices.

View PDF files:

• Quickly open PDF files from e-mail, the Web or any application that supports “Open In…”

• View ePortfolio (PDF Portfolios), PDF Packages, annotations and drawing markups

• Read text annotations such as Sticky Notes

Access encrypted PDF files:

• Open and view password-protected PDF files

• Access files secured by Adobe LiveCycle Rights Management, which helps protect sensitive documents

• Supports the highest grade of PDF encryption, up to AES256

Interact with PDF files:

• Search text to find specific information

• Use bookmarks to jump directly to a section in your PDF file

• Select single page or continuous scroll modes

• Easily zoom in on text or images for a closer view

• Quickly navigate through large files using thumbnails

• Select and copy text from a PDF file to the clipboard

Print and Share files:

• Print wirelessly with AirPrint

• Share PDF files with other applications using “Open In…”

• Email PDF documents as attachments

Watch this video for a quick overview of the app. Check the features out for yourself via a free download on the Apple App Store.

And, we just released Adobe Reader 10.1 for Android, offering many of the same great features for fast, high-quality interaction with PDF files on your Android smartphones and tablets.

Anuj Gupta, Product Manager, Adobe Systems

What You Can Do with Adobe Reader 10.1 for iOS

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October 14, 2011

Win a copy of Adobe Acrobat X Classroom in a Book!

Back by popular demand, an Acrobat Tweetaway for Adobe Acrobat X Classroom in a Book, courtesy of Peachpit!  Over the next week, we’ll be providing useful Acrobat tips, tricks and advice via our Twitter account.  If you’re a follower and catch one of our tweets, helpfully labeled with the #DidYouKnow hashtag, retweet it!  You’ll be automatically entered into our drawing to win Adobe Acrobat X Classroom in a Book.

Peachpit has provided an accessible, up to date guide to maximizing your Adobe Acrobat experiences and creating the most efficient and useful PDFs around, so don’t miss your chance to pick it up for free!  For the cost of clicking the retweet button, you can start learning the best ways to save time and make your documents the envy of the office.

Over the next week, keep your eyes on our Twitter account (@Acrobat) for the first of our #DidYouKnow tweets, and stay tuned to our blog for the latest winners.  Thanks for joining us!

The contest opens 9 a.m., Friday, October 14th, 2011, and closes 2 p.m., Friday, October 21st, 2011. The prize drawing will occur on or before 5 p.m., October 21st, 2011, with the winner announcement occurring that day as well. The drawings are open to residents in North America only.

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October 11, 2011

How Sweet: GeekSugar picks Adobe SendNow as a top app to send large files

You know, as a rule, we’re not a bunch to go singing our own praises all over the internet. However, when it’s others who are doing the singing…well, we don’t mind letting you know where to hear them sing. We’re tickled pink that Adobe SendNow has been featured as one of the top apps on GeekSugar’s latest roundup, titled “How to Send Large Digital Files”. Of course we think SendNow is one of the best ways to do it; we’re just glad that GeekSugar agrees! To see what they have to say about our file sending service, head on over to GeekSugar.

- Rebecca Staley

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October 10, 2011

Clark Atlanta University works smarter, faster using Adobe FormsCentral

Clark Atlanta University (CAU) provides an atmosphere where students can learn, become leaders, and make a positive impact on the world. As part of its efforts, CAU seeks to offer its students and faculty easy access to cutting-edge academic technology, including the recent adoption of Adobe FormsCentral to make quick work out of otherwise time-consuming administrative processes.

Using Adobe FormsCentral, CAU training teams can quickly create registration forms for new faculty learning seminars in a matter of minutes. At the same time, the easy-to-access digital forms make it faster and easier for faculty to register for training and seminars, versus having to complete and route paper-based forms. They can also initiate and complete routine requests, such as submitting forms to check out multimedia equipment for classroom use.

Adobe FormsCentral not only allowed CAU to cut paper use, but also substantially decreased document distribution times. Candyce Jefferson, instructional media and support specialist for CAU also noted, “Unlike some of the other forms solutions we’ve tried, FormsCentral offers a hassle-free way to create interactive forms across operating systems—including iOS. Regardless of who is viewing, their location, or device, we are confident that we can reliably engage our target audience.”

Since the more automated processes are so easy to use, response rates to upcoming trainings also dramatically increased, with all of the forms and registration documents available on CAU’s intranet. To learn more about how CAU uses Adobe FormsCentral to update outdated processes, click here.

Randy Swineford, group product manager, Acrobat Solutions

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October 6, 2011

Farewell from Adobe MAX 2011

Well, another MAX has come and gone; it was such a pleasure for us all to meet and hear from so many Acrobat enthusiasts, and to learn new things from our Acrobat experts who gave talks. We can’t wait to see what kinds of tools, devices, and creative work will come in the future based on the amazing new technologies we witnessed in this year’s presentations, and hope that next year will build even further on the exciting capabilities and innovations of this year’s ingenious contributors to the show. See you in 2012!

See you next year!

See you next year!

Thanks,
Rebecca

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