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June 3, 2011

Wanted: Your Productivity Study Questions

Digital and social technologies have raised the bar for everyday business processes, such as document creation and distribution to be more collaborative and engaging. With that in mind, next week, Acrobat Technical Evangelist, Ali Hanyaloglu will be conducting a video interview with Crimson Consulting analyst Chris LeTocq to dive deeper into the recent study, “Acrobat X a Strategic Choice for Enterprise Productivity”  and field your questions on the findings, new ways knowledge workers are working to increase productivity and improve cost savings across their organizations. 

But most of all — we’re interested in what’s on your mind and questions you might have from the study. Post your questions on the blog here or via Twitter, just be sure to tag it with #Acrobat. We’ll also be tweeting live from @Acrobat at the video shoot on Thursday, June 9, from 11-12 PT. Stay tuned here for the full video later this month.

For the full study, check it out here. For the recent blog post from the author, read on here.

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June 1, 2011

Community Insights: Ensuring Your PDF is Accessible

Join Duff Johnson, Donna Baker, Lori Kassuba and Dave Austen from the Acrobat User Community for this 36-minute on-demand seminar on how to create accessible PDF files from numerous applications like Microsoft Word, InDesign CS5.5, FrameMaker 10, and RoboHelp 9. Learn why creating accessible documents is important and common misconceptions; How to create an accessible document from Microsoft Word using Adobe Acrobat X; Find out more on the new functionality for creating tagged PDFs from the latest version of Adobe InDesign CS 5.5; Gain gives some post-processing tips for accessible PDF.

Did you know that every dollar you spend on creating accessible PDF documents is also a dollar spent on SEO? For no extra cost, you can improve your web site’s SEO at the same time you make your PDF documents more accessible to people with disabilities. Accessible PDF files provide many benefits including use with assistive technology, re-flow on mobile devices, search engine optimization, and re-purposing of content.

Ready to get started? Check out the video, “Ensuring Your PDF is Accessible,” here:

After watching this video, you are sure to have additional questions. Tune into a LiveQ&A on June 15 with several Acrobat experts who will answer questions about accessibility and Acrobat X, for more info on the session, check it out here.

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May 31, 2011

Acrobat Facebook Polls!

In light of the recent Adobe SendNow announcement, we’re wondering how all of you are using it!  Be sure to check out the Acrobat Facebook page here and take our most recent poll – what’s the average size of the files you’re sending using file transfer services?  We take your opinions into account so let your voice be heard!

 As always, 100 GB of file transference is available through Adobe SendNow!  Take a look, and join the conversation on our Facebook page!

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May 25, 2011

SendNow’s Rising Star

This week, some very exciting enhancements to Adobe SendNow were picked up on and featured by the incomparable Harry McCracken over on the Technologizer blog in an excellent summary post (thanks, Harry!). The Technologizer article also highlights a piece of the industry-leading SendNow service that we happen to care deeply about: that people can send 100 MB files using Adobe SendNow’s free plan (and 2 GB files with SendNow Basic and Plus subscriptions).

We like to think that this is just common decency: allowing for truly large files (100 MB is not small!) to be sent free of charge is our (frankly superior) solution to a ubiquitous problem. While other services in the field may believe that 50 MB is generous enough, we happen not to agree.

We want SendNow to be the best it can be—the best available, in fact—and that means giving you what you need from a file transfer service. These features are based directly on suggestions that we heard from all of you, and we’re very happy to be able to offer them.

For more information, visit Adobe SendNow and Acrobat.com.

Rebecca Staley, Acrobat.com, Acrobat Solutions Marketing Specialist

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May 24, 2011

New Study Shows Adobe Acrobat X a Strategic Choice for Enterprise Productivity

It’s always interesting to look at products that you are quite sure you understand well, and to be amazed at how different they are.

This occurred recently when we were asked to look at Adobe’s Acrobat X from a different angle, as a productivity enhancer and collaborative workflow enabler rather than pure document distribution software. Document creation and distribution is of course a core activity for knowledge workers, and an increasingly collaborative one. The question is how best to support this activity, especially as collaboration expands to include more people both inside and outside the organization.

We used our software testing lab to explore typical collaboration and distribution workflows, using Acrobat X in combination with productivity software such as Microsoft Office 2010 and back-end collaborative solutions such as Microsoft SharePoint 2010. The test subjects were knowledge workers with varying levels of expertise. No previous knowledge of Microsoft Office or Adobe Acrobat was required, and all subjects were trained on each workflow prior to the test to eliminate learning curve effects. We also talked to a group of IT decision makers around the world to get their perspective on how much of their users’ time is spent on basic, collaborative workflows.

Adobe has really focused on commenting and collaboration tools in Acrobat X and in particular Acrobat’s integration with the creative process, typically Microsoft Office. The surprise for me was the speed and usability of Acrobat X’s capability to import the comments and collaborative information from groups of users back into Office.

The results of our study clearly show that Adobe Acrobat X can deliver significant productivity increases and cost savings compared to productivity applications and collaborative back-ends alone. For some common workflows, using Acrobat is almost twice as fast.

In case you think that we tested some exotic activities be reassured these are quite basic, core processes that you probably use every day. Here are some samples:

  • Review a text-based document with existing comments and add comments
  • Review a spreadsheet with existing comments and add comments
  • Review a presentation with existing comments and add comments
  • Compare two documents and review changes
  • Aggregate comments in text-based document into a document
  • Aggregate spreadsheet comments into a final document
  • Aggregate presentation comments into a final document

In some cases the improvements were quite modest, only 8% on spreadsheet review, but on comparing two documents and reviewing changes it was 60%! Aggregating text document comments into a final document shows an 80% improvement!

You can read all the details in the study we published but the bottom line is that unfortunately the ubiquity of PDF files tends to make IT professionals and knowledge workers alike overlook  Acrobat, which has steadily been evolving into a very rich set of collaborative tools. Using Acrobat simply as a means of converting documents to PDF obscures its strategic benefits to an organization. As part of the standard desktop image, Adobe Acrobat X can enable IT to support more efficient collaborative document creation, review, and distribution.

Chris LeTocq, Crimson Consulting Group

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May 18, 2011

ReTweet for a Chance to Win Adobe SendNow

Tired of bounced emails, FTP servers or overnight delivery — just to send a video? Here’s a solution: Adobe SendNow, a cloud file transfer service. The recently updated Adobe SendNow allows you to send small or large documents and multimedia files. Simply upload your file and Adobe SendNow will securely store it and notify your recipient that it’s ready to download. We’re offering you a chance to check out Adobe SendNow’s new features: audio and video compatibility and brand customization. Beginning Wednesday, May 18th and running for a week, any Twitter user can enter to win a 1 year subscription to Adobe SendNow, valued at $190. To enter, follow the @Acrobat Twitter account and retweet any of our #TrySendNow posts.

The contest opens at 10 a.m., Wednesday, May 18, 2011, and closes 2 p.m., Wednesday May 25, 2011. The prize drawing for SendNow (no product prize exchanges available) will occur on or before 5 p.m., May 25th, 2011 with the winner announcement occurring that day well. The drawings are open to residents in North America only.

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