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September 18, 2013

5 time-saving PDF tips that really work

Now that we’re past Labor Day, there never seems to be enough time in the day to get through everything we’ve got on our list. Where did those lazy summer days go?! Well, there’s no time to spend wondering. Instead, take five minutes to read through these five time-saving tips; once you start using these super handy Acrobat XI tools, we think you’ll end up with a little extra time in your work day. Here’s a choose-your-own-adventure guide to common time-wasting activities that can be fixed with Acrobat XI:

Situation #1: You need to edit the content of a PDF file, but don’t have the source documents. Do you just have to recreate the content from scratch and then convert to PDF again?!

No way! You’ve got Acrobat XI, silly. Instead of starting over, try editing the PDF content directly. When you’ve got a typo in your PDF file, just open your Tools pane and click on the Content Editing panel; you’ll see a tool titled “Edit Text & Images”. When you select it, Acrobat will highlight all the editable content on the page – all you need to do is click and type to correct an error or add copy to a document. You’ll notice lots of formatting tools in the Tools pane whenever you’ve got text selected. You can use those to reformat the content of your PDF files – without ever leaving Acrobat. The editing tools also work with pictures; rotate, crop, or replace an image altogether with the built-in photo editing tools (which you can also access with a simple right-click over the image). Don’t even TRY to tell us that this doesn’t make you feel like a ninja. We’ve been there. We know how it feels.

Situation #2: You need to create a form to put on your website, but don’t know how to code.

Creating a new form can seem scary to those of us who have never written a line of code in our lives; even if you know everything there is to know about Javascript, sometimes there’s just not enough time to design and implement a fully-functional form. How can Acrobat help? Glad you asked. Use the FormsCentral app that comes bundled with Acrobat XI Pro (or, if you prefer, sign into the service from your web browser at http://formscentral.adobe.com). It comes pre-loaded with dozens of beautiful and professional form templates that can be customized and distributed as PDF forms or on the web. All you have to do is choose the template that works best for you, customize it as much or as little as you want, and you’re ready to send it out to collect data from clients, coworkers, or customers. Again, let us just stress that there is no coding necessary. You just saved yourself a full day of pulling your hair out over a single form. Congratulations!

Situation #3: You have sensitive content in a PDF file and want to keep it safe from prying eyes, but don’t know where to start.

“PDF Security” sounds so serious, doesn’t it? Well, security is not to be taken lightly: your data is at stake! That doesn’t mean, however, that it should be difficult to secure your documents. In fact, it can be as simple as a few clicks. In your Tools pane, open the Protection panel. The first item in that panel is “Restrict Editing”; by clicking that button, you’ll be prompted to apply a password to the document to prevent anyone from making changes to the file without permission. For more stringent security, you don’t actually need to go much further; just choose the next item on the list, “Encrypt”. You can tick a few boxes to prevent viewing, printing, editing, copying… and all you need to do is choose a password. Document security can be critical, but only takes a minute or two. Now go ahead, you’ve got time to give yourself a pat on the back!

Situation #4: You need to get a signature on a contract, but think it will take forever.

Time-sensitive contracts can keep you staring at your inbox all day, wringing your hands as you wait for a new fax or email attachment with that all-important signature. Do yourself a favor and try Adobe EchoSign; you can send a document off for signature and go about your day, and be notified as soon as that document is securely electronically signed. There’s even an iOS device that you can use to collect signatures on documents with a finger or stylus! What could be speedier than mobile e-signatures? Get out and start a petition, just for the pure signing fun of it!

Situation #5: You’d like to get some comments on a document, but don’t want to spend time collating and managing all the different versions of the document people will send back.

Oh man, we’ve all been there: when more and more comments keep coming in from everywhere, all in different formats, all of which you end up typing out by hand into a single document. Hint: that process doesn’t work for you. Try using Acrobat’s commenting tools. All PDF comments are tracked in the Comments List and can be organized by author, by what page they appear on, or type of annotation (and more!). Next time you’re summarizing comments someone emailed to you, stop yourself and send that person a PDF version of the document that needs reviewing. They can add their comments and send the file back, or add their comments and export them for you to add to your own version of the document. Either way, it’ll probably save you enough time to get a few more items checked off that to-do list. Win!

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April 3, 2013

It’s Time to Scrap Paper from Your Business

Printers, overnight mail, scanners, and fax machines are killing business productivity. More and more organizations are moving away from paper-based approaches to their critical business processes to reduce costs, improve security, and limit environmental impact.  According to a recent Adobe study, “Paper: An Endangered Species?” the majority of managers surveyed had overwhelmingly negative attitudes toward paper-based processes and cited productivity, security, attracting talent and going green as the benefits of a completely digital workflow. The research is based on interviews with 1,051 U.S. managers in small, medium and large businesses that are responsible for creating or working with contracts.

Below are a few stats from the report, but to view the full report Click Here: Paper: An Endangered Species?

  • 51% of respondents said that a digital workflow makes filing and managing documents easier
  • More than two-thirds believe that paper-based contracts are prone to defacing
  • 76% of respondents said they are impressed by companies that have a strong digital presence
  • 98% of respondents noted they still use paper in their transactions involving contracts

Organizations that use eSignatures are seeing a dramatic decrease in the time needed to close deals, reduced contract negotiation times, faster “quote-to-cash”, and a safer, more secure way to track and store some of their most critical business documents.   And all eSignatures are backed by the federal ESIGN Act, ensuring the legality of the contract, which should put the customer at ease.

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February 13, 2013

Signing documents electronically with Acrobat and EchoSign

Remember floppy disks? What about cassette tapes? These two types of technology seem almost ancient, and something you might find in an antique store. Well move over floppy disks and cassette tapes and make some room for the fax machine! A large percentage of faxes are used to send a document with multiple signatures. What if these documents could be signed and exchanged electronically by each person?

Adobe Acrobat XI has full support for signing documents. Adobe EchoSign is an easy to use online service that allows you to instantly send, eSign, track and file documents securely. Recipients can sign right in their browser on virtually any connected device without downloading a plug-in or having to create an EchoSign account. Using these two products together gives you the ability to complete the entire process of signing documents electronically, and the final signed document can be viewed reliably by anyone with the free Adobe Reader.

It’s simple too!

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January 31, 2013

Adobe EchoSign Garners Its 7th Salesforce AppExchange Customer Choice Award

It’s always a great feeling when you win an award. It’s especially great when that award comes from a partner like SalesForce.com and you win the award because customers voted and chose your product as the best.

Customer Choice AwardFor the seventh straight year, Adobe EchoSign was named the number one e-signature application and overall winner for sales for the Salesforce.com’s 2012 AppExchange Customer Choice award! EchoSign collected the most glowing customer reviews in its category for the past year. Thank you to all our customers for your enthusiastic responses to our product and voting us number one again!

“Companies of all sizes turn to the AppExchange as the world’s leading business apps marketplace to extend the benefits of the cloud throughout their organizations,” said Ron Huddleston, senior vice president ISV and Channel, salesforce.com. “Adobe EchoSign taps into the power of social and mobile cloud technologies to transform the way companies connect with customers, partners and employees. We congratulate Adobe on being selected by customers as a leader in the Customer Choice Award category and applaud their ongoing commitment to delivering customer success.”

Adobe EchoSign is used by more than 35,000 companies of all sizes to sign 1.5 million contracts each month. EchoSign has helped these organizations cut sales close cycles by 50 percent to as much as 500 percent and reduce post-sale internal contract processing costs by 50 percent to 75 percent.

The New York Stock Exchange uses EchoSign to sign and manage renewal agreements with the companies listed on the exchange. “We saw an immediate improvement in the process. We reduce the time it took to get agreements signed from several days to about one hour,” said Brandon Baker, vice president at NYSE Technologies.

Those are just a few examples satisfied EchoSign customers. Why not find out what all the hoopla is about by taking a test drive here.

Eitan Saban, vice president, Customer Success, Adobe EchoSign  

Twitter: @EitanSaban

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September 14, 2012

Adobe EchoSign Talks Web Contracting at Dreamforce 2012

In my talks with Adobe EchoSign customers, I hear first hand how our web contracting and eSignature solution is changing the game. Just like video conferencing’s infiltration into business years ago, signing and managing contracts online is becoming second nature to business processes and companies are realizing the benefits.

I’ll be moderating a panel at Salesforce Dreamforce this year titled “Its 2012, Shouldn’t You be Contracting Like it Is?” Experts from Groupon, Electronic Arts, SolarCity and Time Warner Cable will share lessons learned and best practices around web contracting, how their companies have increased ROI in Salesforce and turned their businesses into competitive sales machines using Adobe EchoSign.  Here are the details:

Session: “Its 2012, Shouldn’t You be Contracting Like it Is?”

Date/Time: September 18 from 12:30pm – 1:30pm.

Venue: San Francisco Marriott Marquis

Room: Golden Gate A

Panelists: Groupon, Electronic Arts, Solar City and Time Warner Cable

For more updates on EchoSign at Dreamforce 2012, keep an eye on our blog and the Acrobat, EchoSign and Chatter Twitter handles (#df12).

We’ve entered into a new age of doing business in the cloud and web contracting is playing an important role in accelerating this transformation.

Kevin M. Lynch, SVP and GM, Acrobat and Document Services, Adobe

Twitter: @LynchKevinM

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July 18, 2012

How eSignatures Can Align Marketing & Sales

Since marketing and sales departments exist to make life easier for customers, I’m surprised to see so many teams drop this customer-centric philosophy at the most critical moment of the business-client relationship – the contract process. Adopting eSignatures helps sales and marketing teams save a lot of time and resources, while closing more deals with customers.

My recent article in Marketing Tech highlights several ways eSignatures benefit both the business and the customer.

For the business, eSignatures remove the contract process from the multiple steps needed to secure signatures offering a digital option that automates the many back-and-forth conversations between a sales rep and a client. Digital contracts also offer a way to collaboratively work on documents and provide an easy way to track, store and access contracts.

For the customer, eSignatures offer convenience as prospects can access contracts on the Web from their laptop, desktop and even mobile device essentially giving them 24/7 access. Most eSignature solutions don’t require software downloads, making it even more attractive for customers to sign this way. All eSignatures are backed by the federal ESIGN Act, ensuring the legality of the contract, which should put the customer at ease.

Read the full post in Marketing Tech to see how eSignatures can help increase ROI and customer loyalty.

Loretta Jones, head of marketing, Adobe EchoSign

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