February 28, 2014
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.
February 19, 2014
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.
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Well, we are just brimming with good feeling: not only is it Valentine’s Day (which I observe annually as “Chocolate For Breakfast” day), but it was on this day in 2006 that the Acrobat User Community was born. For the past 8 years, the AUC has been bringing us excellent Acrobat-specific tutorials, tips from dedicated Acrobat experts, and vibrant, helpful conversations in the user forums. We thought we’d take a minute today to offer up a little paean to our friends over at AcrobatUsers.com by highlighting 8 of their most-loved Acrobat tutorials – one for every year the site’s been around. Happy birthday, Acrobat User Community, and thanks for all the great stuff you’ve given us over the years!
- How to edit text in a PDF file
We love that you can fix a typo, change a font and even add new text—all without leaving Acrobat.
- How to break a PDF into parts
Why send an entire PDF file when you only want to email one or two pages?
- How to edit PDF files
Still uncertain how to edit PDF files? Then this tip is for you.
- How to add page numbers at the bottom of PDF files
Don’t know how to add page numbers to your files once you’ve already converted to PDF? No worries.
- How to convert PDF to Work, Excel or PowerPoint
Remember the “good old days” when you had to retype a PDF because you didn’t have the original source doc? Well, thank goodness those days are gone!
- How to sign PDF files electronically
Do yourself a favor today: learn how to sign PDF files electronically. It’s fast. It’s green. It might even start an office romance!
- How to edit images in PDF files
It’s hard to believe anything could be this simple, but it really, really is: Just click the image you want to edit and the tool you need appears in the editing panel. Sweet!
- How to edit a scanned PDF file
The important thing to remember about editing scanned PDF is no matter what your original source document, a scanned PDF is just an image, not editable text. Here’s how to fix that.
February 6, 2014
It’s time to celebrate the Olympics with the anticipated kick-off of the 2014 games in Sochi. While only the most dedicated athletes are rewarded with the opportunity to go for the gold, silver and bronze medals, we at Adobe have been gathering some tips and tricks to help you achieve something much more attainable – going green. After all, a few simple changes within the office will save money and time, foster organization, and most importantly leave a better impact on the environment so generations to come can enjoy the outdoor games. Without further ado, we give you the 2014 line-up on how to “go-green” with Adobe Acrobat.
- Sign documents anywhere, anytime and – most importantly – online- Send a document, get it signed, and track and file the form in minutes instead of days or even weeks. In addition to saving time, you’ll be saving trees when recipients sign electronically.
- Email your PDF file using Gmail or Yahoo- Yeah, yeah, email is green – we know. But Acrobat makes it super easy being green. Just hook your webmail program up to Acrobat for simple message attachments.
- Take your PDF file with you on the go- No need to print multiple copies for clients or for yourself to view on the plane. With 6 billion mobile subscribers worldwide, more and more people are reading PDF files on their mobile devices than ever with the Adobe Reader mobile app.
- Make your PDF files available online- Convert a PDF into an editable HTML file that maintains images, tables, hyperlinks, and table of contents. You’ll be able to share and have access to your PDF whenever you’re connected to the web!
- Share your PDF files on social media- No more flyers and printouts! Whether you’re social media savvy or just getting started, this tutorial teaches you how to create an interactive button in your PDF, making it easier for readers to retweet your work on Twitter.
No matter who takes home the medals these next exciting couple of weeks, everyone wins when the right steps are taken to be more environmentally conscious. If you’re interested in learning more on how Acrobat XI can help your office “go green” by keeping your workflows paper-free, please visit the Acrobat User Community for tips.
January 29, 2014
The first Sunday in February is practically a national holiday in America. Die-hard footballs fans to casual viewers across the nation all come together to watch the big game, do their finest side-line officiating, and make their best attempts at predicting the final victor and score! With the teams locked down for this year’s matchup, we at Adobe want to make sure you are prepared for the big show down. Below is a list of how-to’s we created to assist you in anything you might be putting together for your big party or office pool.
- Create custom party invitations using Acrobat Pro: Whether your customizing your invitations using an inside joke or including a picture from your party the year before, rest assure you’ll be able to change images, resize, or reformat with Acrobat no problem.
- Add a personal touch to invitations by including your signature: A custom stamp of your signature not only makes it fast and easy to sign forms without printing them, but also lets you add a personal touch right to the very last detail.
- Distribute invitations using Acrobat.com: Guests will appreciate your green efforts while you save time and money creating invitations electronically.
- Send your PDF invitations electronically using Gmail or Yahoo: All of your friends use Gmail or Yahoo webmail accounts? Not a problem. Send them directly from Acrobat.
- Collect money for your office or family pools: Have a PayPal account? Collecting money for an office pool has never been easier when you use Adobe Forms Central.
No matter which team you root for, Acrobat XI makes game day party prep easy. To explore more ways to use Acrobat XI, click here.