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April 2, 2014

Support for Office 2003 Ending

Along with our previous announcement regarding the Microsoft Windows XP operating system, Adobe will soon be ending support of Office 2003 with Acrobat Standard X and XI and Acrobat Pro X and XI. This is in conjunction with Microsoft ending their support of Office 2003 on April 8, 2014. The next official quarterly update for these Acrobat versions (which is expected May 2014) will be the last ones tested on and released for Office 2003. Once that quarterly update is released, Adobe’s official support for Office 2003 will come to an end too.

As with Windows XP,  you can continue to install and/or use Acrobat with Office 2003 if you wish to, even after the official support ends. But again, this means that any updates or patches for Adobe Acrobat will no longer be tested or supported with Office 2003. In addition, Adobe will not provide technical support for problems specific to running Acrobat with Office 2003. This is also applicable to our enterprise customers who have purchased maintenance/upgrade and support plans, and/or have a contract that entitles them to maintenance/upgrade and support from Adobe.

You can find information on Microsoft’s Office lifecycle here. Or if you have questions for us or the wider community of users and experts, you can post those to the community forums for Adobe Acrobat. Adobe Acrobat continues to integrate with Microsoft software in many useful and powerful ways. If you’d like to check on which versions of Microsoft Office your installation of Acrobat works with, head on over to the compatibility matrices here.

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March 27, 2014

Acrobat Social Media User of the Month

We really appreciate the love we receive from our Acrobat communities — so much so that we’ve decided to highlight one user each month as way to show our thanks, while also highlighting the many different ways to use Adobe Acrobat.

Our first super-user we chose to feature is Dana June.

 

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She uses Adobe Acrobat to make edits, add notes and write comments all over PDFs. Did you know that was possible? The Acrobat typewriter tool allows you to do just that. It’s a fast and flexible tool that enables you to add comments anywhere on your PDF. This tutorial shows you just how easy it is.

Thanks Dana! We appreciate you sharing with us how you use Adobe Acrobat to get work done. We’re glad to hear that Acrobat is making your work a little easier!

Stay tuned next month for our next post, you just may be the one featured!

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March 20, 2014

How I learned to stop worrying & love Acrobat’s Advanced Search

I lose things all the time. My keys, my cell phone, every pair of sunglasses I’ve ever owned, and (this one happens to me all the time) important documents that I cleverly stash away somewhere, saying to myself “I’ll remember exactly where I put this, because it’s just so clever.” (Cue face-palm.)

Two weeks later, I’m scrambling around at my desk, shuffling “organized” stacks of other important documents, desperately trying to remember just how clever I am. There’s no denying that in the world of paper documents, I am an agent of chaos. Clever chaos, perhaps, but unmitigated, unforgiving, un-document-finding chaos.

This sad state of affairs does not apply to my digital documents, however, because (ta-da!) I’ve got Acrobat. When I need something that I’ve cleverly stashed on my computer somewhere (“I know, I’ll give document this it’s own folder! Tee hee!”), all I need to do is open up Advanced Search in Acrobat – you can find it in the “Edit” menu in Acrobat. I can enter a search term to apply not just to the PDF file I’ve got open, but to any PDF file I’ve got stored on my computer. I can even search through comments or other document attachments in those PDF files. For super big files (and I mean like 5,000-pages-big), there are also some cool tricks you can use to make the search go more quickly. (Since you’re all Acrobat aficionados, I’m sure you’re all already creating searchable PDF files, right? Right. Let’s move on.)

Even better than searching through my documents is the ability to save my search results to a new PDF or CSV file. Once I’ve run a search with the Advanced Search window, I can tell Acrobat to create a new file from those results that will be a hyper-functional summary of the search. Not only will there be automatically-created bookmarks to show me each instance of my search terms, but the results will link to the relevant files on my computer. As long as I’ve got Acrobat doing the searching for me, I’ll never misplace another document.

On a side note: I’ve asked some of the higher-ups on the Acrobat team to consider adding functionality to Acrobat that would find my sunglasses when I misplace those; I haven’t heard back yet, but I’ll post here with any updates.

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March 12, 2014

Faster documentation, better quality

ishimotopic1Project preparation is noticeably faster at Japan’s Ishimoto Architectural & Engineering Firm, Inc. Standardizing on Adobe Acrobat for PDF creation accelerates projects with simplified full-text search and multi-language OCR support, simplifies editing proposals and other documents, and enables more secure, reliable PDF sharing with clients.

“We improved the speed of gathering and preparing information for project materials by 50%,” says Ryuya Kodani, chief staff of the corporate planning & general affairs department, Ishimoto Architectural & Engineering Firm, Inc. “By reducing the labor involved with developing project materials, staff can spend more time concentrating on designs, which leads to better proposals for clients and improved customer service.”

Case study: www.adobe.com/content/dam/Adobe/en/customer-success/pdfs/ishimoto-case-study.pdf

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February 28, 2014

Support for Windows XP is ending soon

August 24th, 2001. What’s so significant about this date? On that day in history, Microsoft released to computer manufacturers the bits and bytes for Windows XP. Now after almost 13 years (which is a lifetime in this business!), Microsoft will be ending their support for Windows XP – officially, on April 8, 2014.

In conjunction with this date, Adobe will soon no longer be able to support the Windows XP operating system with Adobe Reader X and XI, Acrobat Standard X & XI and Acrobat Pro X & XI. The next official quarterly update for these Adobe Reader and Acrobat versions (which is expected May 2014) will be the last ones tested on and released for Windows XP. Once that quarterly update is released, Adobe’s official support for Windows XP will come to an end too.

Now, it’s important to note, that you can continue to install and/or use Adobe Reader and Acrobat on Windows XP if you wish to, even after the official support ends. But again, this means that any updates or patches for Adobe Reader and Acrobat will no longer be tested or supported on Windows XP. In addition, Adobe will not provide technical support for problems specific to running Adobe Reader or Acrobat on Windows XP. This is also applicable to our enterprise customers who have purchased maintenance/upgrade and support plans, and/or have a contract that entitles them to maintenance/upgrade and support from Adobe.

You can find information on Microsoft’s Windows lifecycle here. Or if you have questions for us or the wider community of users and experts, you can post those to the community forums for Adobe Acrobat. Adobe Acrobat continues to integrate with Microsoft software in many useful and powerful ways. If you’d like to check on which versions of Microsoft Office your installation of Acrobat works with, head on over to the compatibility matrices here.

So long, Windows XP! But it’s time for all of us to invest our energies in newer technologies and deliver amazing products and experiences with them.

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February 19, 2014

Changes to Shared Reviews & Form Data Collection

In January 2014 we announced that Workspaces on Acrobat.com will be retired next year (in January 2015). As a result of this change, Adobe’s online services at Acrobat.com will no longer be an option for hosting Shared Reviews with Acrobat versions 9, X and XI; it will also no longer be an option for collecting forms data in Acrobat versions 9 and X. You will notice the change in Acrobat when we publish the next quarterly update, which is expected on May 13, 2014.

To be clear, neither of these capabilities are being removed from Acrobat: you can still conduct Shared Reviews and you can still collect PDF form responses. Instead of using the Acrobat.com option, however, you will need to use your own internal server (such as a SharePoint workspace, a network folder, or, for Shared Reviews, a web server). You can also collect comments and form responses via email. In addition to the existing PDF forms functionality in Acrobat, Adobe FormsCentral is a fantastic way to collect responses for both PDF and web forms.

If you have questions about conducting Shared Reviews or collecting form responses with your own server, you can visit our Acrobat community forum: http://forums.adobe.com/community/acrobat. There are also Acrobat XI quick start guides available to help you get started with shared reviews or forms data collection. For other versions of Acrobat, check out the tutorials at AcrobatUsers.com.

If you’ve got questions about how this change will affect you, you might want to take a look at our Workspaces Retirement forum. You can read the FAQ about this transition and post any questions you might have.

To stay up to date with the latest news on this front (and others), subscribe to this blog by entering your email in the pod to the right. We’ll be posting here soon about some updates and enhancements you can expect in the coming weeks and months, and you can be one of the first to know about them!

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