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July 23, 2014

Thank you Farhan.

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It’s that time again. We’re excited to share the July tweet of the month (a bit early)  from a customer or follower who showed some Acrobat love on Twitter, at @Acrobat or @Adobe_ Reader. Here’s one we love:

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Thank you Farhan.

We love that you were able to sign a document using your digital signature. It’s our goal to make electronically signing PDFs fast, easy and efficient for all of our customers. Here are a few more ways to e-sign documents so you can throw away your pen and paper and go all digital in your workplace.

After all, adopting digital processes means you’re one step closer to going #paperless — saving time, money and the environment all within the secure, trusted Adobe family of document solutions #FTW! We especially like to see how easy and rewarding it can be for our customers, and we appreciate feedback from first time e-signers like @FarhanKnight.

Let us know if you have any questions on how to e-sign your next PDF. Like Farhan said, we’re here and ready to help. (by the way, #FTW means For the Win!)

Want to be featured here next month?  You know what to do! We look forward to hearing from you on Twitter.

 

 

 

 

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June 26, 2014

From Gatekeeper to Landscaper – How IT Can Shape the Modern Workforce

Gigaom Research looks at how new technologies in today’s workplace are changing IT’s role

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We are proud to present this latest report from Gigaom Research on The Modern Workforce.  This report is the second in a series of three that analyzes two global surveys of both young workers (ages 18-34) and the IT professionals and decision-makers who support them. (See the first in the series here.)

Gigaom Research’s objective is to help tech decision-makers better understand their evolving workforces, so that those decision-makers can do what all great IT pros strive to do:  align people, technologies and business objectives.

This report, sponsored by Adobe Document Services and authored by Stowe Boyd, Gigaom’s lead analyst on the future of work, helps IT executives and buyers understand:

-what the modern workforce thinks it needs to succeed in a rapidly changing world of mobile-first communications and new work-collaboration technologies;

-how IT is supporting those needs and overall corporate objectives;

-and if there are gaps between worker expectations and IT requirements and how technology buyers can address them.

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So what do we find most interesting in this report?  According to Gigaom:

-Increased business agility comes from technologies that influence work tempo and the best tools are those that have a design which doesn’t distract us from  the work itself.

-Businesses gain advantage by speeding up new tool adoption so the workforce has a range of work tools that match different types of activities.

-Usage of tools like file sync-and-share and cloud enterprise apps is up more than 30% compared to only a few years ago.

-The role of IT is shifting toward creating a technology landscape in which productivity and innovation flourish.

Boyd also writes, “If anything, IT professionals risk falling into the trap of Amara’s Law: “We tend to overestimate the effect of a technology in the short run and underestimate the effect in the long run.”  (Made us wonder if the long-term effect of Adobe Acrobat was underestimated when it debuted 20 years ago.)

So according to the 18 – 34 year old workers surveyed, what will be used less in the next year or two?  Snail mail or face-to-face meetings?  Both will decline, according to Boyd – but face-to-face meetings will decline faster than stamps and envelopes.

To read the complete versions of either the first or second research report on The Modern Workforce, please click here to download .

Stay tuned for part 3 coming soon!

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June 9, 2014

A New Era for IT

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Is your IT department stuck somewhere between the old era of IT and the new ? If so, you’re not alone. Business is becoming increasingly digital with mobile devices, web applications and cloud computing. IT must now develop systems focused on accelerating new business processes. New IT breaks from the old model of ‘systems of record’ to a new model focused on a system of engagement.

Systems of engagement turn computing power inside out, directing it away from data and records and pointing it squarely at the user experience. These new systems design processes that allow for greater efficiency and effectiveness, removing bottlenecks created from the old systems of record.

Accordingly, as the volume of business transactions and contractual commitments continues to escalate, a bottleneck has been created in companies that still use manual signatures. Manual signatures slow down processes and add cost without adding value. Electronic signatures are a perfect example of a digital solution that has significant business benefits and propels a company into the new era of committed user experience.

Geoffrey Moore, renowned author (Crossing the Chasm), speaker, and business advisor explains in a new whitepaper titled “Electronic signatures: Removing the last bottleneck to productive digital transactions” how every business activity is being transformed by digital interactions, especially electronic signatures. This is forcing industry after industry to confront the technology adoption life cycle once again.

Moore takes a look at electronic signatures from an IT perspective, discussing the lines of business that have high contract volume and would benefit from implementing e-signatures the most – sales, sales operations, HR and finance.

We invite you to check out his excellent whitepaper here. Our VP of EchoSign, Jon Perera, interviewed Moore to ask him about the technology adoption life cycle and how businesses can successfully usher in the new era of IT. Watch the video here.

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June 3, 2014

Top 5 Ways Acrobat XI Makes It Easier to Do Great Work

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You already know Adobe Acrobat provides more than just secure document solutions. But Adobe Acrobat XI goes beyond PDF perfection to streamline all of the ways you work, so you can work faster and more efficiently.

Acrobat XI is loaded with ways to help make your day easier and your work topnotch. So we put together our ‘best of’ playlist to give you the top 5 ways Acrobat XI is your partner in working smarter, better and faster:

1. Recycle – you  can convert to PDFs in a few seconds and reuse your important information in only a  few clicks. PDFs can be converted into editable PowerPoint, Word, and Excel docs.You can save your fonts and formatting, not to mention your precious time, effort and sanity.

2. Edit – easily update documents. Change text, fonts, cut paragraphs, or adjust images without the original files using a new point-and-click interface. Resize, replace, reuse, and adjust on the fly.

3. Create a PDF form + gather data – whether you start with a scanned paper form or a simple form made in Microsoft Word, Excel, or another application, turn it into an intelligent PDF form. Coupled with Form Tracker, you can collect data digitally from your customer, partner or employee. Distribute your PDF forms in the morning: collect responses and analyze results at lunch.

4. Share – now you can create and email PDFs that are easily viewed on any device and still look like the original. Turn your hard work into PDF files anyone can reliably view with free Adobe Reader.

5. Combine – you can take multiple files and make one well-organized PDF that’s easy to email and understand for a clean, final, easy-to-share finished report, spreadsheet or presentation.

 Check out Acrobat XI for yourself and start making your own top 5 list! Get a free 30 day trial  or buy now on Adobe.com.

*Subscriptions to Acrobat Pro and Acrobat Standard include online services only when purchased in select countries. 

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May 22, 2014

Destination: Acrobat

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This summer nearly 45 percent of Americans will take a well-deserved vacation. While work doesn’t stop just because you are out of the office, you can take advantage of travel time to wrap up last minute to-do’s, so you can spend more time enjoying your final destination (we’re hoping a nice, sunny beach).  To help you prep for your upcoming vacation, here are some ways to easily power through your work remotely. Just don’t forget to unplug and relax once you’ve arrived.

When you subscribe to Adobe Acrobat XI Pro, you can access online services, such as Acrobat.com, that make it easier to work anywhere. You’ll never be without the files you need or the tools to edit them with the new features available on your mobile device:

  • Quickly convert any document, image, or scan into a PDF file that anyone can open and view using free Adobe Reader.
  • Save PDFs as Microsoft Office files. Preserve fonts, formatting, and layouts, too.
  • Save documents, images, and PDFs on Acrobat.com. Access and share them from anywhere.
  • In a browser, merge and organize multiple documents, spreadsheets, web pages, and more in a single PDF that’s easy to share.

Activate a free Acrobat.com account and relax on time spent away from the office knowing you can access PDFs and other documents you need from your mobile device if a work emergency may pop-up.  Acrobat.com makes it simple to search, filter, and sort your files so you can find what you’re looking for faster to save more time for the beach or whatever destination you’re in.

Does your company use SharePoint? Improved SharePoint integration gives you better control when working with shared PDF documents stored on a SharePoint server.  Access files stored online with Microsoft Office 365 and extend access to SharePoint files to Mac OS in addition to Windows devices. Support for advanced metadata types also lets you better categorize documents.

Let Acrobat ease the pain of working remotely. Free up more time with our seamless, time-saving functions to spend more time with the people you love, in the places you love. Don’t forget, you can always access PDFs on our Reader Mobile App for Android or iOS devices. It’s free, it’s easy, and it’s mobile.

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May 16, 2014

Thank you. Love, Acrobat

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Tweet of the Month

Last month, we received so much love on our social channels it was impossible to highlight just one customer. After much debate, we thought it would be appropriate to pick two.

Meet Steve and Matt. Steve views Acrobat as a Creative Cloud perk, while Matt appreciates the ease of creating forms using FormsCentral.

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“@Acrobat, I love you.”

As Steve can attest, Creative Cloud brings together everything you need to create your greatest work. One simple membership gives you and your team access to the very latest versions of all the Adobe professional creative desktop applications like Photoshop, Illustrator, (and you guessed it—Acrobat). One of the biggest perks of Acrobat is that once all your Creative Cloud desktop applications are installed directly to your computer, you won’t need an Internet connection to use them. Another nice feature is that you can share your files with anyone—clients, colleagues, friends. Just email a link, and they can view the file in their web browser without even creating an account. Not already sold? Creative Cloud membership options are designed to best suit your needs, from a single-app membership to complete membership. And no matter which option you choose, you’ll have access to cloud storage.

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“Oh @Adobe Acrobat. You make forms so easy.”

We cannot explain how rewarding it is for us to see comments like this one from Matt, since we’re constantly striving to help share tips and build upon the features that help to simplify your work day. FormsCentral allows customers to create forms in minutes, distribute them instantly, and analyze them in real time. You can choose from more than 100 professional templates and can customize them with your logo, colors, and messages. Not a fan of templates? Drag and drop to create your own form from scratch. Distributing forms is as easy as sending an email or embedding a link on your website. Once responses are automatically collected online use built-in formulas to analyze results and share summary reports with your clients or bosses.

Thanks Matt and Steve for letting us know the features that are really useful to you. By sharing these positive social posts, we hope some of you can learn something new you may not have realized you could do before. If nothing else, we just want to make sure you know we appreciate you, just as much as Steve and Matt appreciate Acrobat.

Until next month.

 

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