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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 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 11, 2011

Top IT Considerations for PDF Solutions

When selecting an enterprise PDF solution, there are many factors to consider. In this video, Joel Geraci, Acrobat Technical Evangelist, is joined by Ali Hanyaloglu, Product Evangelist, Acrobat Solutions, to discuss Acrobat alternatives, based on the recent white paper, Top IT Considerations for PDF Solutions (check out the full white paper, here).

If you’ve been thinking about using alternatives to Acrobat, check out this brief video and learn about some key considerations: security, deployment and management, standards, innovation, savings, productivity, Sharepoint and more.

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May 6, 2011

IT Matters: Application Security

Check out this IT Matters video segment with Acrobat Technical Evangelist, Joel Geraci, “Focus on Application Security.”

This Part 3 in a series shares configuration details for the Acrobat X family of products, including enhanced security, scripting controls, and other security related features.

Watch the full video here:

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May 4, 2011

Customer Spotlight: AGA Taps Acrobat to Accelerate Project Reviews

Torbjörn Åsberg, IT license manager at AGA, recently talked to us about how the leading gas company and device manufacturer in northern Europe uses Adobe Acrobat to streamline complex review processes, accelerating project reviews by as much as 50%. Adobe Acrobat also allows employees worldwide to easily collaborate on documents, regardless of the originating application, while PDF Portfolios help to reduce the complexity and improve the quality of final documents shared with external teams.

 Adobe Acrobat also lowers AGA’s document administration costs. With, Adobe Acrobat the company established reliable, long-term archive and document tracking processes to address product development and regulatory requirements.

To learn more about how AGA uses Adobe Acrobat, click here.

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