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April 19, 2011

Adobe Reader X to Ship with Upcoming BlackBerry PlayBook

The highly-anticipated BlackBerry PlayBook tablet will ship with Adobe Reader X for high-quality and fast viewing of rich content through the ubiquitous PDF.

PlayBook users will have access to advanced features in  Adobe Reader including Touch-based gestures for efficient navigation and zoom in the PDF, Page Navigator interface for fast navigation within large files, accelerometer support and File manager for quick access to PDF files on the PlayBook tablet.

You can learn more about the Adobe and RIM news here.

Also, learn more ways you can view and interact with PDF documents on the go, by visiting: http://www.adobe.com/products/reader/features.html


Anuj Gupta, Product Manager, Acrobat Solutions Group

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April 7, 2011

IT’s Next Challenge

Tune in for insights from the new whitepaper, “IT’s Next Challenge: Three key trends in document collaboration and exchange” in this video.  Ali Hanyaloglu, Product Evangelist, Acrobat Solutions, highlights next steps for IT to collaborate beyond office walls and enable IT’s infrastructure to better support the increase of rich media within documents, and of course, reduce costs by being more efficient. 

Check out the video here:

Read the full white paper here.

Learn more about the recently launched Acrobat IT Resource Center, here.

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March 28, 2011

Elevate your Acrobat IQ with the Acrobat X PDF Bible

We previously discussed Acrobat X Classroom in a Book as a great resource for busy users who want to learn more about Acrobat. Now we want to share another great resource to help elevate your Acrobat IQ—Adobe Acrobat X PDF Bible by bestselling author Ted Padova.  It’s full of useful, real-world tips that Padova gained from his own extensive use of Acrobat X on tight deadlines. 

The book covers a wide array of topics that are relevant for novice users such as the new interface, basic PDF conversion and Adobe Reader, as well as topics for more advanced users such as OCR, Guided Actions, prepress and accessibility features.

Here is a sneak-peak at some excerpts to give you a taste of what Adobe Acrobat X PDF Bible offers:

This book from Wiley publishing has long been a trusted Acrobat reference, and much like Acrobat, it keeps getting better with time!  It’s available for purchase now at bookstores and online.

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March 25, 2011

Customer Spotlight: Digital Literacy Essential for Student Success

In a recent conversation, Raju Varanasi, director, at Curriculum and Learning Innovation Centre (CLIC), part of New South Wales Department of Education and Training, talked about the need to give students the skills required for success in school and beyond. Integral to CLIC’s efforts is the use of a range of Adobe software to help students establish a proficiency and comfort level with creating more dynamic, interactive communications—as well as providing teachers with the tools and lessons to better integrate proven technologies into learning.  For CLIC, Adobe software has become a powerful resource in the classroom.

Varanasi says that digital literacy is essential for student success. By using the right mix of tools in the classroom, teachers can challenge students’ traditional notions about their own creativity and get students to think differently about how the explore, create, and communicate assignments. By using more dynamic creative applications, teachers and students can look at assignments in new ways. To read more, check out the recent Adobe success story here.

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February 28, 2011

Acrobat Wizard at Work: Harry Hemus, Dividi Projects

Imagine the scene—a hotel or conference room, lots of suited and badged business types, canapés and warm Chardonnay, all accompanied by the soft background drone of networking. It’s not that I’m anti‐social, but whilst accepting that such forums are deemed necessary, I simply cringe when I see some seasoned, professional networker heading towards me to ask…”So, Harry, what do you do?”

Now here comes my killer response: “I do interactive PDFs!”

I’ve actually started to get some enjoyment by watching this person desperately try to think of something to say. Believe me it’s hilarious.

I suppose these events occasionally attract people who know what a PDF is, so you do get the opportunity to suggest that they are more than “just a PDF.”

I often start by asking people how they communicate across their organization, assuming that I will get the usual “by email, SharePoint, Intranet,” along with the omnipresent “Word, Excel, Powerpoint” responses. I then ask another trying question, “Would you like to have all of your clever and important documents—flattery is always a good ploy—delivered in one single, navigable PDF?”

If they say NO, then you might as well shift the conversation towards the riveting and thrilling PowerPoint you may have just been subjected to, or if that’s not applicable, discussing the weather is always an option. I’ve yet to find anyone who says to me “Ooh, I do interactive PDFs as well!” What is stopping this particular fraternity from realising that ALL of the wonderful work that they create can be delivered within a PDF?

If, however, they say YES, then clearly this presents an opportunity to enquire, “Would you like to do all that as well as including audio, video, data collation, tracking and commenting reviews within the PDF”?

Let’s assume that you have achieved Nirvana—the “wow” response. Now that Acrobat X is on the scene, it has taken the user interface to a level which not only suits the enterprise user, but also suits the creative community— the cool and hip visionaries that create stunning imagery, graphics and rich media.

Realize that they have to experience for themselves real life samples and that some are sensitive individuals within the enterprise who rely heavily on the IT team for advice and guidance.

Perhaps it’s best to show actual, real, relevant and dynamic examples which contain all of this rich material. I’ve received a project which requires ALL manner of files and skills, including 50‐
80 pages of text, 20 separate fact sheets and three Flash animations.

At the first meeting to discuss the options, I suggested a dynamic PDF as the solution. I heard the sound of a haunting wind, and tumbleweed could be seen drifting across the table. The

design group preferred Flash; the head of the global brand didn’t know what a PDF was; and the technical writers wondered how the printers could make PDF interactive.

The agency charged with managing the project intervened. “I think it would be a good idea if
Harry showed us a few examples.” I showed them dynamic PDF – and was offered the job!

For too long, there has been a perceived split personality for Acrobat, where in my submission one should not exist, because it is both a proven business tool as well as vehicle for delivering creative and engaging content.

I’m sure that in such circumstances where these two areas are converged, there is a market and a suite of innovative products ripe for development and delivery to consumers and businesses alike.

Harry Hemus is an independent media production professional at Dividi Projects. When Harry is not enjoying canapés at cocktail parties, he is brainstorming his next act of wizardry with interactive PDFs for his media production clients.

Have a great wizard story on how Acrobat has inspired your work? Share it with us in the blog comments, we’d love to hear from you. Stay tuned for more upcoming Wizards in our Acrobat Wizards at Work blog series.

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February 23, 2011

Happy 5th Anniversary, AUC!

We can’t believe that it’s been five years since we introduced the Acrobat User Community, and it’s amazing how much the Community has grown since then. The sheer number of topics and posts in our Forums page, the variety of projects we’ve featured in our Gallery, the growth of resources available in our Learning Center and the emergence of User Groups around the world make this a happy 5th birthday indeed!

Since the AUC’s inception in 2006, the Community has been supported by a group of outstanding Acrobat experts always willing to share their expertise with Acrobat users around the world. We want to thank them especially for making the AUC such a vibrant, engaging place to be.

And here’s more icing to the cake – the AUC has kicked off a week-long contest to celebrate the big “5” with you. If you tweet a tip linked to any forms-related content on AcrobatUsers.com via Twitter, using the hashtag #formstips in your tweet, you can win one of several six-month subscriptions to Adobe SendNow Plus or Adobe FormsCentral. The AUC will randomly select one winner from each day’s tweets. More details and sample tweet tips here.

If you’re on the outside looking in, we’d love for you to join the AUC. You can be one of the almost 1,000 people joining the Community every month who enjoy special benefits like discounts, access to eSeminars and of course expert answers to your Acrobat-related questions. Whether you’re a seasoned AUC veteran or new to the Community, we hope you’ll be a part of the next five years and beyond!

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