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December 21, 2011

Adobe EchoSign eSignature App Now Ready for iOS Devices

We’re excited today to announce the immediate availability of the free Adobe EchoSign application for iOS devices.  We realize that you are doing more and more business over your mobile devices and tablets and we’re committed to helping you streamline your business processes and increase productivity.  Now, you can easily get access to your EchoSign accounts and sign documents directly from your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices. The Adobe EchoSign application is available today for free download on the iTunes App Store.

With the Adobe EchoSign app, we’re making it that much easier for you to sign documents and send documents for signing right from your iOS device. Here are some of the things you can do with the new Adobe EchoSign application:

  • Send a document for legally-binding eSignature and get documents signed in minutes rather than days.
  • Get documents signed instantly on your iPad or iPhone when meeting a signer in person.
  • Send documents from an EchoSign library, photo album, email attachment or from other applications.
  • Track the status of agreements with real-time status updates.
  • View signed agreements stored in your EchoSign account.

What’s more, you can do all this securely. The Adobe EchoSign app offers the same protection for both the sender and the signer during the signing process, including key authentication and privacy, fraud protection, and consumer disclosure.

So download the app at the iTunes Stores. After all, it’s free. Happy Holidays!

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December 20, 2011

Adobe Reader for Android Update

Today, we’re excited to announce an update of  Adobe Reader for Android. This update fixes some issues we discovered with Android 4, and adds a  few enhancements based upon the  great feedback we received from our users.

Here are the highlights:

·         Reflow
As promised, Reflow is back! This is a great feature for reading PDFs on your phone, since it strips the formatting and turns the document into resizable, reflowed text that you can easily scroll through. You can turn this mode on in the View Modes menu, shown here:

·         Remember Last Read Position
One of the frequent comments we’ve seen is that people really want to be able to switch between documents and applications, and be able to return to the exact spot they were reading. Now Adobe Reader remembers your last position in the document for all recently-read documents, so you don’t need to!

·         Opening PDF Portfolio Contents and Attachments
For PDF Portfolios,  Adobe Reader has always allowed opening contents if they were in PDF format. Now it will open any content type that you can view on your phone or tablet.  And since attachments are pretty similar to Portfolios, we’ve also extended this to work for attachments. When you open a document with attachments, Adobe Reader will show a paperclip in the lower right corner of your document, like this:

Just tap the paperclip, and you’ll see a list of the attachments.

·         Bug Fixes
We fixed issues that had been present since the Android Ice Cream Sandwich. 

We’re constantly working to improve Adobe Reader for Phones and Tablets, and we have some great enhancements already underway for 2012 that I’m sure you’ll be excited to see.  We appreciate your ongoing feedback and support!

Dennis Griffin, Principal Product Manager

 

 

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December 19, 2011

Adobe eSign Success Series: Improving Contracting and Sustainability With Educational e-Signatures

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

E-signatures are a huge asset to the education field, especially for a community college system with a limited budget. The California Community Colleges’ Tech Center and California Virtual Campus began using EchoSign’s e-signature solution in February 2010 and saw amazing results. The technology at first was used only internally for invoicing. However, when faced with a project requiring signatures on a memorandum of understanding related to Internet service provision from more than 60 colleges throughout California, the CCC Tech Center turned to e-signatures.

Using the traditional paper method of signing contracts resulted in a turnaround time of about three weeks. “But with EchoSign,” said Bruce Racheter, fiscal and contract manager for the California Virtual Campus, “our average distribute-and-retrieve time was less than a day, with many responses coming in in less than four hours. We even had one document signed, returned and completed in about 45 minutes. That’s a record time for this office.” In the 2010-2011 fiscal year, the CVC and CCC Tech Center processed more than 11,000 documents requiring signatures, so shrinking the turnaround time to just one day saved a great deal of time and money. Employees no longer waste time tracking down missing or late signatures, as they can use EchoSign’s built-in reminder and tracking systems.

Going beyond the cost and time savings, switching to a paperless contracting system also helped the CCC Tech Center achieve their sustainability goals. With a digital system, the use of paper is significantly reduced as contracts don’t need to be printed at each stage, and envelopes and other paper products necessary for mailing aren’t used. Plus, since documents aren’t transported throughout the state, the CCC Tech Center contributes to fuel and vehicle reduction during the mailing process.

The CCC Tech Center experienced the perfect marriage of sustainability and time and cost savings that is possible through e-signature technology. This is just one example of colleges using e-signatures: other universities have seen the results, as well. It won’t be long before schools across the nation get on board and add to the one million contracts that are transacted through EchoSign each month.

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December 16, 2011

Acrobat Wizard at Work: Marty Hardin, Palio

At Palio, we have a deep understanding of how the pharmaceutical industry has rapidly changed
over the years and how the need to explain complex ideas has evolved from both regulatory and
business standpoints. In order to meet the increasing demand for regulatory bodies, medical
professionals, and consumers, we’ve leveraged technology to its fullest to bring new products to
the marketplace.

Using Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Creative Suite, we’ve developed vast amounts of interactive
content—rich with video, high-definition images, and deep product information—to make our
message clearer and more readily available across a variety of devices. The simple integration
between Adobe products has enabled us to create e-brochures, marketing materials, and other
product content, as well as repurpose other projects.
Using interactive electronic documents, has enabled us to convey more information to medical
professionals and patients in a much more understandable way—making both doctors and
consumers more comfortable with and confident in the therapeutic products offered. For
example, if there is an update to product information, we can quickly change the materials
without generating twice as much printed literature for the product—something our customers
and the environment can appreciate.

We recognize how impactful dynamic PDF documents are when we present a new product to
medical professionals and their clients, helping them understand the true value of the product. By
incorporating video content into a set of product instructions, we can show—beyond just the
written word—the proper ways products should be administered. Additionally, 256-bit
encryption technology helps to ensure that documents are more secure and that the message
being received is as close as what we’re trying to communicate as possible.

—Marty Hardin, SVP, Director of Emerging Media and Technology, Palio

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December 14, 2011

Palio, an inVentiv Health company

Palio, a global communications division of inVentiv Health, is transforming marketing and pharmaceutical product education with the help of Adobe software. Palio utilizes dynamic PDF Portfolio capabilities available in Acrobat Pro to create content- and media-rich digital documents. These deliverables—including patient education briefings and global marketing guidelines—have resulted in tremendous savings for clients by accelerating document development and updating, as well as eliminating printing costs. In addition, the PDF documents Palio develops for clients help facilitate compliance with important FDA regulations because of the advanced 256-bit encryption security feature.

Palio appreciates the intuitive design and functionality of Adobe software, which has enabled print designers at the agency to create interactive materials with minimal support. Using Adobe Creative Suite Design Premium, print designers can add interactive elements and animations to documents that enable sales representatives to deliver dynamic, engaging presentations conveniently on tablets and other devices to quickly gain attention.

Palio is also experimenting with Adobe Digital Publishing Suite to further simplify publishing dynamic, engaging content across devices. To learn more about how Palio uses Adobe Acrobat Pro, Adobe Creative Suite Design Premium, and Adobe Digital Publishing Suite to help reach a variety of audiences, click here.

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December 9, 2011

How to Thank Someone Nicely for a Terrible Gift: A Holiday Quiz presented by Adobe FormsCentral

Around this time last year, the holiday season was picking up steam. The air hummed with a familiar excitement; the cold weather was welcome and felt cheery; municipal centers everywhere put up giant glowing trees; and frantic shoppers packed all kinds of shops, desperately digging for the perfect gifts.

However, you noticed with some dismay that the perfect gift had evaded Aunt Gertrude. On the third night of Hanukkah, she proudly presented you with what you thought was a fuzzy throw pillow. How sweet, you thought naively, a homemade present. Then you noticed it smelled of moth balls and – was that the odor of gasoline? You never got a chance to investigate; when the pillow began to crawl away on what looked like thousands of tiny legs, you chose not to pursue it.

Now, you’re dreading Aunt Gertrude’s return to the family’s annual holiday party; who knows what she might bring along? She’s senile, she can’t help it, your mother says. She means well, your father says. But what does one say to a smelly pillow that walks? What should you tell your Aunt Gertrude?!

Fear not, dear reader. This year, the team at Adobe FormsCentral has put together a fool-proof plan to help you respond to any kind of terrible holiday gift, even the kind that come from Aunt Gertrude. Moldy Christmas fruitcake from the neighbors? “Art” from your sister’s weirdo husband? We’ve got you covered. Take the quiz, and go forth to your holiday gatherings with the confidence that you’ll have the perfect reply for whatever the holiday season has to offer you.

FormsCentral

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