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November 28, 2011

Customer Showcase: Canon

Canon—one of the world’s most well-known camera and printer manufacturers—rolled out its “One-Canon” initiative to unify the company’s software footprint. For PDF, Canon turned to Adobe and delivered Adobe Acrobat to 11,000 employees—standardizing desktops with best-in-class software, eliminating compatibility issues, and simplifying IT administration.

For employees, standardizing desktops has offered additional flexibility and functionality to keep the business moving forward. Canon employees leverage the “quick tool” function in Acrobat X to tailor the toolbar for job-specific use—placing the most frequently used capabilities at employee’s fingertips. This functionality has helped improve employee efficiency, accelerate training, and reduce support costs.

Adobe Acrobat also helps improve collaboration across project teams worldwide with dependable PDF documents. With the majority of collateral originally developed at Canon’s headquarters in Tokyo and customization occurring locally, commenting and markup features enable local managers to note changes to materials, and securely share collateral with agencies for layout—creating a seamless workflow. To learn more about Canon and its use of Adobe Acrobat X, click here.

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November 22, 2011

Customer Showcase: SABIC

Due to manufacturers’ need to maintain documents and records securely, prominent petrochemical manufacturer SABIC uses Acrobat to convert paper documents to PDF files that are password protected, enabling employees to collaborate more securely and efficiently on critical business documents. By implementing Acrobat, SABIC improves collaboration electronically internally and externally with customers and suppliers using the advanced commenting tools on contracts and other documents.

With Acrobat, SABIC developed searchable libraries that provide employees quick, reliable access to important legal and manufacturing documents across the company. Most of the company’s valuable intellectual property and legal knowledge is housed in documents, and SABIC uses standards-compliant PDF/A to meet legal and ISO requirements for long-term archiving.

SABIC also uses PDF Portfolios to merge many different document types into single, collectively accessible and more protected PDF files. In addition, PDF Portfolios simplify the process of managing and reviewing complicated documents because all of the information is consolidated into an easy-to-use PDF file. To learn more about how SABIC is using Adobe Acrobat software, click here.

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November 21, 2011

Thanksgiving Movie Poll

I come from a big family. Every year, come Thanksgiving, we crowd into my parents’ house: Myself and my three siblings, our respective entourages, aunts, uncles, grandparents, even great-grandparents; we’re quite the clan. As you can imagine, Thanksgiving dinner is a chaotic melee, in which we’re all left to fend for ourselves and eat whatever is passed our way (when I was ten, so many people came to dinner that no one was paying attention to me and I ate nothing but pie. That was a good year).

However, not even that scene can compare to what happens after dinner: when we all vie for places on the couch and argue over what movie to watch. My choice is the same every year: almost nothing is as seasonally hysterical as Robert Downey Jr. terrorizing his older sister in Home for the Holidays. But to hear my brother tell it, it isn’t a real holiday unless we watch A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.

Here at Adobe, we’ve been having this same discussion from one desk to another. It got heated at times, but before it came to blows, we decided that we’d better crowd-source this one; to that end, we’ve cooked up a poll so you can let us know what movie you and your family like to watch around Thanksgiving time. We’d all love to hear from you: what do you put on when you’re digesting all that turkey? Click here to report your favorite holiday film!

-          Rebecca Staley

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November 18, 2011

Adobe SendNow Updates; The Talk of the Town

It’s been an exciting week for the Acrobat Solutions team. We just released two major updates to our file transfer service and we couldn’t be happier with the reaction we have gotten. First we introduced a plug-in for Microsoft Outlook, so now you don’t have to leave the comforts of email when trying to send large files that would have otherwise been flagged by your IT department.  The other update we announced was a Convert to PDF feature that allows you to convert a file to a PDF file before you send it from right within Adobe SendNow.

Legal, IT, and consumer technology media have also expressed their excitement over the new updates. Stories in PCWorld and CMSWire, for example,  point out the Outlook plug-in and the ease with which you can share large files.

And we’d also love to hear what you think about the updates, and help spread the word!

William Lau, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Acrobat Solutions

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November 15, 2011

Adobe eSign Success Series: E-Signatures Make for Less Stressful Wedding Planning

By Jason Lemkin, vice president of Web business services at Adobe and former CEO of EchoSign

Planning a wedding is a chaotic and stress-inducing process, and service vendors don’t want to throw any further complications at soon-to-be brides. But there are last-minute contracts between vendors and clients that cannot be skipped. Wedding industry professionals, DJs and photographers all recognize the importance of a streamlined e-signature process. It ensures all paperwork is taken care of quickly and simply without any extra burden on clients.

George Street Photo, a journalistic wedding photography studio, has found a way to make a big difference in its clients’ event planning experiences. The business excels in delivering top-notch customer service while capturing the most important moments of its customers’ lives. The wedding season is a busy time for the photographers and videographers with whom George Street Photo works, so the company needed a solution that would simplify the contracting process as much as possible.

Often, George Street Photo needs crucial signatures from contractors and clients the week before a wedding. With EchoSign, George Street Photo has been able to create standardized forms across the entire organization and integrate the service with Salesforce to send contracts to clients in mere seconds. With such contracting success, George Street Photo is integrating its album design process with EchoSign to decrease the lag time between a client’s wedding and the delivery of the photo album. After all, no bride wants to wait to see her pictures.

This is just one more example of how a small business can see big results with e-signatures. George Street Photo immediately saw a quicker sales cycle with contract turnaround times decreased from seven days to just one day, as well as significantly less stressed employees and clients.

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November 14, 2011

Outlook Plug-in, One-click Convert to PDF Make SendNow File Transfers Faster, Easier

We’re always thinking of ways to make Adobe SendNow the easiest to use – and most powerful – online file transfer service on the planet. Today, we have some big news for you.

We’re introducing Adobe SendNow for Microsoft Outlook – our new plug-in that lets you send large files right from your email program. Now you don’t have to deal with your IT department blocking you from sending large files. All you need to do is upload it to SendNow. Instead of having your large file go into the recipient’s Junk e-mail folder, you can track the files and know when recipients receive them. And recipients get a download-from link instead of a large mailbox-jamming attachment. What could be easier?

We’re also introducing one-click Convert to PDF. It lets you convert a file to PDF before you send it. We’ve combined PDF conversion (you get an unlimited number of conversions, by the way) and file transfer to get your important documents to others faster. When speed is of the essence – and when isn’t it? – Convert to PDF saves the step of having to use a separate PDF conversion service. What could be faster?

Both the Outlook plug-in and one-click Convert to PDF are available now. Convert to PDF is free and is available with both Basic and Plus SendNow subscription levels.

The Outlook plug-in is available for free download, and capabilities are linked to subscription levels .

So if speed and ease of use are important to getting your job done, what are you waiting for? Check out Adobe SendNow.

William Lau, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Acrobat Solutions

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