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December 13, 2012

Achieving productivity in a mobile world: How to stay on top of your work while in constant motion

Be honest with yourself for a minute: how many intelligent devices do you own? Probably several: A desktop computer, a laptop or both; a phone, a tablet, perhaps a couple of each; and yes, you’ve got one of those microwaves that reads you the news every morning (let’s not go there right now). Now, how many different apps do you have that count as a news source, a reading platform, a file storage platform, or an authoring or content-creating platform? A zillion. (For the sake of playing along, I just counted up the apps on my iPhone, and I’ve got – really – 21 different apps that serve to deliver or store content for me. That’s not including the apps I’ve got on my Android tablet, let alone the vast world that opens up to me when I’m at my laptop.)

The fact is, most of us in this tech-crazy, content consuming world have many, many different ways to store, save, and savor our information, and we can do it from just about anywhere with a decent wireless or WiFi signal. The mobile platforms we use daily (phone, tablet, laptop) might allow us to get more work done than ever before, because we can do our work in a cab, on a train, or standing in line waiting for our next gadget to be released. But what if we could do our work without subscribing to, say, 21 different applications? What if there was a simple system that we could use to get actual, bona fide work done without taking a voice memo to transcribe later on, or writing an email reminder to ourselves on a tiny keyboard?

Enter Adobe’s Document Services.

We’ve been working maniacally back here at the mothership to support a mobile mode of working that constitutes getting real work done: real contracts getting signed, real forms being filled and sent, real comments made on digital documents – no matter where you are. With Adobe’s Document Services, such as Adobe EchoSign, Adobe FormsCentral, and the Acrobat.com cloud storage system, you can hit the road with nothing but your favorite tablet and be sure that you won’t miss a deal for having left your laptop at home. Here’s just one example: Adobe EchoSign’s mobile app lets you upload documents and send them off to be signed; you can even use the Adobe Reader application to fill out a form and apply your signature to a PDF document before you send it off for another signature with the EchoSign app. Even better, your account activity is tracked even when you’re on a mobile device so no information about the transaction is lost; when you sign into your account from another computer, you’ll see all of your activity has been securely transcribed for your records.

Okay, great, you’re saying; signatures on mobile devices sound awesome. But what if you’ve got a 150-page PDF document that you’re reading or reviewing in Adobe Reader on your laptop, and you’ve suddenly got to leave the house before you’re done reading? No problem: save the document to your Acrobat.com account, and access it from your phone while you’re on the bus to wherever you’re going; when you open the document from Acrobat.com, your place has been saved and you can pick up right where you left off while in transit.

We know how fast things move these days, and we know how fast you’re moving, too; Adobe’s Document Services and mobile applications help you stay on top of things even when you’re only at your desk for 30 minutes a day. Download the free Adobe Reader app for iOS and Android devices, and see how much more efficient you become next time you’re sitting in a waiting room or in a coffee shop. We think you may even be able to delete some of those extra apps.

- Rebecca Staley

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November 15, 2012

Nominate Adobe EchoSign for “Best Mobile App” in the 6th Annual Crunchies Awards

It’s crunch time! Adobe EchoSign makes eSignatures simple, secure and allows you to track the status of your documents with real-time updates – even when you’re on the go! That’s why we believe Adobe EchoSign deserves the Crunchies Award for “Best Mobile App.” While EchoSign already stands out as the #1 e-Signature service, we need your help to win this award!

Here’s where you come in. From now until December 6, you can submit a nomination for Adobe EchoSign in the “Best Mobile App” category each day. All it takes is a single click, and you can do it once per day.

Hosted by GigaOm, VentureBeat and TechCrunch, the 2012 Crunchies Awards recognize the top apps, companies, innovations and innovators of the year. There’s only a few weeks left to vote, so help support your favorite mobile app for changing the game for contract deals in the cloud by voting for EchoSign today.

If you haven’t tried the EchoSign App for iOS, you can check it out here and start streamlining your business processes today!

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November 12, 2012

Refer-A-Friend: You and Your Friend Could Each Get a $20 Gift Card

Have you heard of Adobe FormsCentral? Of course you have (you’re reading this blog, aren’t you?!). Do you have friends? Of course you do.

That’s how we know that you’ll love this: Sign up for the new FormsCentral referral program. Tell your friends about FormsCentral. When your friends sign up for a new Plus account, you’ll earn a $20 gift card to either Starbucks or Amazon.com – one for each new sign-up. In fact, your newly subscribed friend can have a gift card too!

Does this sound good to you? Of course it does. You don’t even have to have a FormsCentral account to refer your friends; you just need to convince them that THEY should have FormsCentral accounts. Get started by joining our Referral Program here.

You’ll get your very own URL to share with your family and friends and coworkers, and every time someone uses that URL to sign up for a Plus account at FormsCentral, you (and that person!) will earn a $20 gift certificate.

Everyone wins, and everyone gets FormsCentral accounts. What a wonderful world.

- Rebecca Staley

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October 31, 2012

Bridging the Productivity Gap – IDC Video Interview

Looking for more insights from our recent IDC white paper on Bridging the Productivity Gap? Check out this video where Ali Hanyaloglu, senior Acrobat Solutions evangelist, interviews IDC lead analyst and author of the study, Melissa Webster, about some of the research highlights and findings.

The recently released Adobe-commissioned IDC white paper analyzed the current productivity challenges that IT and information workers face in today’s age of digital documents. The study also identifies opportunities for increasing information worker productivity.

With new and improved PDF editing, cloud services integration and enhanced tablet capabilities, Acrobat XI addresses today’s complex document challenges and the problems that compromise the productivity of information workers and IT departments.

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October 29, 2012

CMSWire TweetJam on Evolution of Collaboration & Comms in the Enterprise with Ali Hanyaloglu

Our own Ali Hanyalogu recently participated in a CMSWire Tweet Jam on Social Business.  You can find a recap of his take on the subject, along with the questions posed by the CMSWire team, in the Storify post below.  Let us know your thoughts, and enjoy!


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October 24, 2012

Part 2: Acrobat XI Tips and Tricks Series

The second video in our series of Acrobat XI tips and tricks is all about eSignatures. With the recent integration of Adobe’s web contracting solution, EchoSign, into Acrobat XI, you can easily sign a PDF yourself electronically or getting a file e-signed by others.

 

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