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March 21, 2011

Adobe Acrobat is Now on Facebook!

That’s right – starting today you can comment, like, share, and discuss the latest Acrobat news, trends and events on the official Acrobat Facebook page!

Fans will have access to Acrobat videos on AdobeTV through a customized video tab, highlights from the Acrobat blog and updates from the @Acrobat Twitter channel, including tips and tricks, tutorials, product updates, events and activities, customer stories, contests, and more.

Join the Acrobat conversation on Facebook and become a fan today!

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August 13, 2013

How to Make Your PDFs More Social

Here on the Acrobat blog, we often focus on PDF and information security – how to protect, secure, even redact information; today, let’s change things up and talk about sharing what you create with the world at large. With Adobe Acrobat, your PDF documents and presentations can follow you to Facebook, Twitter, Slideshare, and the web at large. Follow these quick guides to learn how to socialize your PDF files and make them easier to share on your favorite social network; we’ll also discuss how to optimize your PDF file for search engines. When you have content to share or promote, use a PDF file – it’s secure, professional, and already part of your daily routine.

Okay, so let’s start with Facebook, where you most likely have a collection of both personal and professional “friends” who might want to see or share your latest work. Follow these steps to see how you can get others to share your content for you:

  1. Upload the PDF file to share to your website or blog, and note the file’s URL.
  2. Select and download your desired Facebook logo or badge.*
  3. In Acrobat XI, open the Tools panel, and choose Add Button from the Interactive Objects panel.
  4. Click the page with the Add Button tool to draw a rectangle. Release the mouse to show the Field Name dialog box and then click All Properties.
  5. The Button Properties dialog box opens and displays the General tab; type a name and tooltip for the button.
  6. On the Appearance tab, set the Border Color and Fill Color to None.
  7. On the Options tab, choose Icon Only from the Layout drop-down list and then click Choose Icon.
  8. Click Browse to locate and select an image format such as PNG, GIF, JPEG or PDF. Click OK.
  9. Click the Actions tab and choose the Open a Web Link from the Select Action drop-down list. Click Add to open the Edit URL field.
  10. Type the Facebook URL https://www.facebook.com/sharer/sharer.php?u=followed by your link’s URL and click OK.
  11. Test the link on your document page.

* Learn about using Facebook brand assets and select a logo/badge here: https://www.facebookbrand.com/

Ever feel like you need more than 140 characters to tell your story to your Twitter followers? No worries. PDF files let you ramble on as long as you want. So don’t cut out any of the good stuff; share your PDF file in all its glory with your Twitter followers, and add a retweet button to the file so they can all do the same. Here’s how:

  1. Upload the PDF file to share to your website or blog, and note the file’s URL.
  2. Select and download your desired Twitter logo here: https://twitter.com/logo.
  3. In Acrobat XI, open the Tools panel, and choose Add Button from the Interactive Objects panel.
  4. Click the page with the Add Button tool to draw a rectangle. Release the mouse to show the Field Name dialog box and then click All Properties.
  5. The Button Properties dialog box opens and displays the General tab; type a name and tooltip for the button.
  6. On the Appearance tab, set the Border Color and Fill Color to None.
  7. On the Options tab, choose Icon Only from the Layout drop-down list and then click Choose Icon.
  8. Click Browse to locate and select an image format such as PNG, GIF, JPEG or PDF. Click OK.
  9. On the Actions tab, choose Open a Web Link from the Select Action drop-down list. Click Add to open the Edit URL field.
  10. Type the Twitter URL http://twitter.com/?status=RT: followed by your link’s URL and click OK. *
  11. Test the link on your document page.

* You can include the Tweet in the Edit URL field. In order for hashtags to work, you need to replace the # with %23.

Now that everyone is buzzing about you, you’re bound to need to make more presentations to show off your skills.  Veteran presenters know that sometimes you need to kick it up a notch by designing a presentation in InDesign.  Once your presentation is perfect, you can simply save it as a PDF file, and upload it to SlideShare.  With SlideShare, you get a lot of the functionality you would get with PowerPoint, but you can also turn your slideshow into a leave-behind deliverable that can be accessed with just a single link. Here’s a quick rundown on how to do that with a PC and with a Mac:

Mac

  1. In PowerPoint, locate and select your PowerPoint (.ppt or .pptx) file and click Open.
  2. Choose File > Print and click PDF at the bottom of the Print dialog box. Select Save as Adobe PDF from the drop-down list.
  3. In the Save as Adobe PDF dialog box, choose Standard Adobe PDF Settings and click Continue.
  4. In the Save dialog box, choose a name and storage location for the presentation’s PDF file and click Save.
  5. Sign into your SlideShare account in a browser and click Upload at the top of the screen.
  6. On the Upload page click the Upload button again to open the Finder window.
  7. Locate and select your presentation’s PDF file, and click Open.
  8. After uploading the PDF file, click Save & Continue and then click View Presentation.
  9. Use the SlideShare controls to play your presentation.

Windows

  1. Open your presentation in PowerPoint and click Preferences in the Acrobat ribbon.
  2. Select Standard from the Conversion Settings drop-down.
  3. In the Application Settings portion of the PDFMaker dialog box, check only these settings. Click OK.
  4. Access the SlideShare site with your web browser, sign in, and click Upload at the top.
  5. On the Upload page click the Upload button again, select your PDF file, and click Open.
  6. After uploading the PDF file, click Save & Continue and then View Presentation in SlideShare.

Are we close to curing your PDFs of any social anxiety? The last area to tackle is Search engines, which work based off of a complex algorithm that decides what is going to make it to the top of the results and what gets buried back on page 46.  If you aren’t factoring in search engine optimization for your website or online PDFs, then you are missing a major opportunity. We can even help your PDFs with that too:

  1. Select Properties from the File menu and click the Description tab.
  2. Add a Title, Author, Subject and Keywords. At the bottom, check to see if the document is Tagged PDF and click OK.
  3. If the text in your document is not searchable, click In This File in the Text Recognition panel. Click OK in the Recognize Text dialog box to run OCR.
  4. Open the Accessibility panel* in the Tools panel. If the document is not tagged, click Add Tags to Document.
  5. If your document contains graphics, click Set Alternate Text in the Accessibility panel.
  6. Click OK to detect all the figures that require Alternate Text.
  7. Add Descriptive Text for all the document images in the Set Alternate Text dialog box and click Save & Close.
  8. Click File > Save As Other > Reduced Size PDF from the menu.
  9. Select Acrobat 9.0 and later from the drop-down and click OK.
  10. In the Save As dialog box, give the file a meaningful name for search engines.

All of these tips were brought to you by the Acrobat Users Community. The Acrobat Users Community is where you can connect with Acrobat and Adobe Document Services peers and experts. If you use Acrobat, Reader, FormsCentral or EchoSign, you’ll want to take advantage of the many free community resources like tutorials, tips and Q&A to learn more about Acrobat and Document Services.  If you have any questions on this article or anything else about Acrobat, please visit Acrobatusers.com.

 

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May 2, 2013

Acrobat.com Introduces Simple Sharing

One of our favorite things about storing documents in Acrobat.com is how easy they are to access from any device. Whether you’re at your desk, using your tablet in a waiting room somewhere, or trying to teach your mother how to use her computer, you can find your files waiting for you in the cloud. Now, we’re extending that access for you: if you want others to be able to access certain files you’ve uploaded to Acrobat.com (from wherever they are), you can use the new sharing feature we’ve added. Just select the file or files that you want to publicize and click the “Share” button in the toolbar.

Click the Share button

Once you’ve done that, you can share that document’s publicly-accessible link with anyone you’d like to show the file to. Email it directly from the Share dialog box, post it to Facebook, or put it on your website; that link can get around however you choose to share it. If you want to unshare the file, simply toggle the switch from “Public” to “Unshare File”; it will then be marked as private so only you can view it.

 Sounds good, right? Just log in or create a free Acrobat.com account to get started.

Toggle Public or Private

 

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March 8, 2012

Mark Your Calendar – Recommended SXSWi Events

Planning for the ultimate emerging-tech conference, South by Southwest Interactive (SXSWi) can be overwhelming – but it doesn’t need to be. We’ve sifted through the daunting schedule and highlighted five events you won’t want to miss this year at SXSWi. So download the official mobile app SXSW GO and start planning for the most intense, five-days of your year.

Friday, March 9, 2012

5:00 – 6:00 PM, Austin Convention Center, Ballroom BC

Software Alchemy and the Arc of Technology: An outspoken pioneer in the modern computing era, and best known as the “Father of Visual Basic” and inventor of “personas,” Cooper will share rare insights into the evolution of software and interaction design based on human goals and needs – and a new vision for meeting the personal and business needs of the upcoming era. In conversation with Tech Evangelist Robert Scoble, best known for his blog, Scobleizer. An insider vision of how the process of software and interaction design has unfolded over the last 25 years, and how lessons learned from that process can be applied to a compelling business case based not on traditional manufacturing but on a model of software design – bringing effectiveness over efficiency.

  • Alan Cooper, President and Founder, Cooper
  • Christie Dames, CEO & Co-founder, TechTalk/Studio
  • Robert Scoble, Managing Director, Rackspace

 

Saturday, March 10, 2012
9:30 – 10:30 AM, Austin Convention Center, Ballroom A

The State of Browser Developer Tools: Your browser is the most important program on your computer and until recently there were no built-in, industrial-strength tools available for debugging web pages. As web apps become more sophisticated, so do the debugging environments. Representatives of the major browsers discuss the needs of the developer and we feel you will find it interesting!

  • Brandon Satom, Developer Evangelist, Telerik
  • Gerann Means, JavaScript Engineer
  • Joe Stagner, Sr. Program Manager Developer Technologies, Mozilla Corporation
  • Mike Taylor, Web Opener, Opera Software
  • Paul Irish, Chrome Developer Advocate, Google Inc

 

Monday, March 12, 2012
12:30 – 1:30 PM, Sheraton Austin, Creekside I & II

Social Role-Playing: Brands and Publishers: Brands and publishers alike are now storytellers, seeking to retain consumers, attract new ones and encourage a deeper relationship. Both groups need to create and optimize content, and better yet, deliver a seamless consumer experience with consistent, integrated advertising.  Join Adobe’s David Karnstedt and representatives from Facebook, Fast Company and Expedia as these experts discuss how to capitalize on social marketing opportunities.

  • EB Boyd, Silicon Valley Reporter, Fast Company
  • Halle Hutchison, Sr. Director of Brand Marketing, Expedia.com
  • Justin Merickel, VP of Marketing, Efficient Frontier
  • Kevin Barenblat, CEO & Co-founder, Context Optional
  • Sarah Smith, Director of Online Operations, Facebook

 

Monday, March 12

12:30 – 1:30 PM, Startup Village
Who Wants to be a Billionaire?: Startup America Live! Is hosting startup focused panels, mixers and games at Startup Village during March 9-13. Our pick of the weekend is Ramon Ray’s session: Who Wants to be a Billionaire.

 

Monday, March 12, 2012
9:30 AM – 8:00 PM, Radisson Town Lake Ballroom

Adobe is redefining the extraordinary in web design and mobile development. Join our day long Creative Camp Event where our evangelists will have back to back workshops and demos.

  • 9:30 am The Future of HTML5 Motion Design
  • 11:00 am Boost your Mobile Workflow with Adobe’s Newest Product
  • 12:30 pm “The Page is Dead,” Responding to the Responsive Web
  • 2:00 pm SXSW keynote: Expanding Our Intelligence Without Limit
  • 3:30 pm Demystifying Devices: Understanding the Future of the Web and Apps
  • 5:00 pm Building online businesses with Adobe Business Catalyst and Dreamweaver CS5.5
  • 6:00 pm After Hours party with Adobe Evangelists
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September 30, 2011

The Results Are In… Acrobat FormsCentral

If you’re a member of our vibrant Facebook community, you have probably noticed a recent series of polls and questions related to FormsCentral, a new way to easily create, distribute, and analyze online forms.  We’d like to thank all the users who took the time to contribute their thoughts and opinions through their participation.

We’re always eager to gain the perspective of our users, and the FormsCentral polls were no exception.  The information gained through these Facebook questions will be passed on to our development teams as we continue to tailor Acrobat Solutions to our customer’s expectations.  If you’re interested in the results of these polls, please find some of our favorite insights below.

  • We were thrilled to see so many different answers in our ‘What do you use Forms for the most?’ question!  Collecting contact information and business feedback was the most popular choice, but job appications, educational uses, and event registration were also choices
  • Over 1/3 of our Facebook participants create and distribute more than 5 forms annually, and often over 10
  • 43% of you valued ‘Ease of Use’ as the number 1 factor in choosing a forms service
  • Security and Accessibility, with slightly over 20% of the vote each, were the other largest contributors to this decision
  • Finally, we asked our Facebook community their favorite new feature of FormsCentral: so far, the newly available form templates are the most popular choice

Thanks again for your input, and keep an eye out for future chances to participate in the Acrobat community!  You can find us on Facebook, Twitter, or reach out via this blog’s comment section anytime you’d like to share your perspective. Check out FormsCentral for yourself and let us know what you think!

 

 

 

 

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September 15, 2011

MAXpert Replay: Lori DeFurio on Acrobat @MAX

Howdy!  Thanks to everyone who attended our own Lori DeFurio’s “Ask a MAXpert” information session on Tuesday.  We provided a full rundown on Acrobat activities at the upcoming AdobeMAX conference, including session info, activities, and highlights!  If you didn’t get your questions answered, please feel free to ask them through the comment section below or via @reply on Twitter!

If you missed the session, or want to check on a few details, you can find the full recording here.

Don’t forget to check back in here at the Acrobat blog, our Facebook page, and the Acrobat Twitter account for more info and updates on AdobeMAX.  The event runs October 1-5, and there’s still time to register.  See you there!

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