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June 3, 2014

Top 5 Ways Acrobat XI Makes It Easier to Do Great Work

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You already know Adobe Acrobat provides more than just secure document solutions. But Adobe Acrobat XI goes beyond PDF perfection to streamline all of the ways you work, so you can work faster and more efficiently.

Acrobat XI is loaded with ways to help make your day easier and your work topnotch. So we put together our ‘best of’ playlist to give you the top 5 ways Acrobat XI is your partner in working smarter, better and faster:

1. Recycle – you  can convert to PDFs in a few seconds and reuse your important information in only a  few clicks. PDFs can be converted into editable PowerPoint, Word, and Excel docs.You can save your fonts and formatting, not to mention your precious time, effort and sanity.

2. Edit – easily update documents. Change text, fonts, cut paragraphs, or adjust images without the original files using a new point-and-click interface. Resize, replace, reuse, and adjust on the fly.

3. Create a PDF form + gather data – whether you start with a scanned paper form or a simple form made in Microsoft Word, Excel, or another application, turn it into an intelligent PDF form. Coupled with Form Tracker, you can collect data digitally from your customer, partner or employee. Distribute your PDF forms in the morning: collect responses and analyze results at lunch.

4. Share – now you can create and email PDFs that are easily viewed on any device and still look like the original. Turn your hard work into PDF files anyone can reliably view with free Adobe Reader.

5. Combine – you can take multiple files and make one well-organized PDF that’s easy to email and understand for a clean, final, easy-to-share finished report, spreadsheet or presentation.

 Check out Acrobat XI for yourself and start making your own top 5 list! Get a free 30 day trial  or buy now on Adobe.com.

*Subscriptions to Acrobat Pro and Acrobat Standard include online services only when purchased in select countries. 

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May 22, 2014

Destination: Acrobat

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This summer nearly 45 percent of Americans will take a well-deserved vacation. While work doesn’t stop just because you are out of the office, you can take advantage of travel time to wrap up last minute to-do’s, so you can spend more time enjoying your final destination (we’re hoping a nice, sunny beach).  To help you prep for your upcoming vacation, here are some ways to easily power through your work remotely. Just don’t forget to unplug and relax once you’ve arrived.

When you subscribe to Adobe Acrobat XI Pro, you can access online services, such as Acrobat.com, that make it easier to work anywhere. You’ll never be without the files you need or the tools to edit them with the new features available on your mobile device:

  • Quickly convert any document, image, or scan into a PDF file that anyone can open and view using free Adobe Reader.
  • Save PDFs as Microsoft Office files. Preserve fonts, formatting, and layouts, too.
  • Save documents, images, and PDFs on Acrobat.com. Access and share them from anywhere.
  • In a browser, merge and organize multiple documents, spreadsheets, web pages, and more in a single PDF that’s easy to share.

Activate a free Acrobat.com account and relax on time spent away from the office knowing you can access PDFs and other documents you need from your mobile device if a work emergency may pop-up.  Acrobat.com makes it simple to search, filter, and sort your files so you can find what you’re looking for faster to save more time for the beach or whatever destination you’re in.

Does your company use SharePoint? Improved SharePoint integration gives you better control when working with shared PDF documents stored on a SharePoint server.  Access files stored online with Microsoft Office 365 and extend access to SharePoint files to Mac OS in addition to Windows devices. Support for advanced metadata types also lets you better categorize documents.

Let Acrobat ease the pain of working remotely. Free up more time with our seamless, time-saving functions to spend more time with the people you love, in the places you love. Don’t forget, you can always access PDFs on our Reader Mobile App for Android or iOS devices. It’s free, it’s easy, and it’s mobile.

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May 16, 2014

Thank you. Love, Acrobat

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Tweet of the Month

Last month, we received so much love on our social channels it was impossible to highlight just one customer. After much debate, we thought it would be appropriate to pick two.

Meet Steve and Matt. Steve views Acrobat as a Creative Cloud perk, while Matt appreciates the ease of creating forms using FormsCentral.

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“@Acrobat, I love you.”

As Steve can attest, Creative Cloud brings together everything you need to create your greatest work. One simple membership gives you and your team access to the very latest versions of all the Adobe professional creative desktop applications like Photoshop, Illustrator, (and you guessed it—Acrobat). One of the biggest perks of Acrobat is that once all your Creative Cloud desktop applications are installed directly to your computer, you won’t need an Internet connection to use them. Another nice feature is that you can share your files with anyone—clients, colleagues, friends. Just email a link, and they can view the file in their web browser without even creating an account. Not already sold? Creative Cloud membership options are designed to best suit your needs, from a single-app membership to complete membership. And no matter which option you choose, you’ll have access to cloud storage.

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“Oh @Adobe Acrobat. You make forms so easy.”

We cannot explain how rewarding it is for us to see comments like this one from Matt, since we’re constantly striving to help share tips and build upon the features that help to simplify your work day. FormsCentral allows customers to create forms in minutes, distribute them instantly, and analyze them in real time. You can choose from more than 100 professional templates and can customize them with your logo, colors, and messages. Not a fan of templates? Drag and drop to create your own form from scratch. Distributing forms is as easy as sending an email or embedding a link on your website. Once responses are automatically collected online use built-in formulas to analyze results and share summary reports with your clients or bosses.

Thanks Matt and Steve for letting us know the features that are really useful to you. By sharing these positive social posts, we hope some of you can learn something new you may not have realized you could do before. If nothing else, we just want to make sure you know we appreciate you, just as much as Steve and Matt appreciate Acrobat.

Until next month.

 

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May 1, 2014

A PDF File with a View

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Over the past few months, we’ve seen questions pop up on our social channels asking: “How do I control how my PDFs look when I open them in Acrobat or Reader?” So if you have been asking yourself the same question—you’re not alone. Depending on how you want to view your files, there are many options you can choose to make sure a PDF file never appears so large you can only read one letter at a time or so small it would take a magnifying glass to decipher anything. No matter what your need is, we can bet there is a zoom option just right for you.

Change the default page layout (initial view)

  • You specify the default initial view settings in the Preferences dialog box.
  • In the Preferences dialog box under Categories, select Page Display.
  • Open the Page Layout menu and choose Automatic, Single Page, Single Page Continuous, Two-Up, or Two-Up Continuous.

Note: The PDF opens with the page layout specified in Preferences unless a different page layout is specified in Document Properties (File > Properties > Initial View). The Document Properties setting overrides the Preferences setting. If using Document Properties, be sure to save and close the document for the change to take effect. Acrobat users can change the initial view, unless security settings prevent changes. Reader users cannot change the initial view.

Change the default magnification

  • In the Preferences dialog box under Categories, select Page Display.
  • Open the Zoom pop-up menu and choose a default magnification level.

These default zoom tips only scratch the surface of different ways to view your PDF. For more options and information, please click here.

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The Modern Workforce: Are You Ready?

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Would you consider your IT department to be a “fast-mover?”  In this day and age, IT departments are challenged with quickly meeting the technology and performance needs of a new millennial-driven workforce.

We wanted to know just how large the gap truly is between worker expectations and IT requirements. We wanted to understand what “fast-moving” IT decision-makers are doing to close that gap and better align people and technologies.

So, in order to dig a little deeper, we teamed up with GigaOm Research to learn more about the habits and preferences of the modern workforce (workers ages 18-34) and IT professionals.  After surveying more than 1,200 workers and 600 IT decision-makers, we pulled together the first of three whitepapers aimed at helping technology decision-makers better understand the growing needs of this new  workforce. The whitepaper describes how IT can answer the call during a current climate of rapid change in communication and collaboration technology.

Here’s a snapshot of what we found in part 1 of 3 of our series “The Modern Workforce.”

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For the whole story, download the first whitepaper (for free) here.

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April 29, 2014

Adobe Reader: The Perfect Study Tool for Finals Week

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College students know all too well what time of year is fast approaching – Finals Week! Since we can’t buy each and every one of you a mega-sized cup of your caffeinated-beverage-of-choice for those imminent all-night study sessions, we thought, why not try to help you avoid all-nighters altogether?  Oh, who are we kidding – there’s nothing we can do to help you avoid those. But we can help you avoid unnecessary stress!  Here’s a list of Adobe Reader tips and tricks we compiled to help you sort through those lengthy PDFs your professors assigned you to read over the course of the semester. And remember, Adobe Reader is a free service, so you can save your money for … well, realistically, more coffee.

  1. The Read Aloud Function- Are your eyes zapped or are you too tired to actually read what y
    ou were assigned? Let Reader read your PDFs for you. Or even better, if you turn any of your final papers into a PDF, have Reader proofread it using the read aloud function to pick up on any grammatical errors.
  2. The Highlighter Tool- Just like you would in any text book, highlight important phrases, sentences or definitions to easily refer back to so you’re not wasting time searching through text for the important stuff.
  3. The Typewriter Tool- Quickly add comments to your PDF for note taking with Reader’s Typewriter tool. Just select the Add Text Comment tool from the Comments panel, click the Add Text Comment tool, click the page where you want to add your text, and type away.
  4. The Comments Tool- If you’re working on a group project, the comment tool might be the better way to go. It makes collaboration much easier because there is no need to print and mark up.
  5. Reader for Mobile- Don’t be confined to the library, take your files with you wherever you go to maximize your study hours.

With these tools, there’s no need to hit the panic button when you see a 150-page PDF file.  Even better, these are just a few of the tools Reader offers for its users. Check them all out here.  Most importantly—good luck with finals! We know you’ll ace them all with Adobe Reader in your back pocket.

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