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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 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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June 12, 2013

City managers achieve greater consistency and control over documents, especially in emergencies

matsudo_logo (2)After the massive earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan in 2011, the Tokyo suburb of Matsudo re-committed itself to ensuring the security and availability of its information. Accordingly, the city is implementing a virtual desktop environment and standardizing on the latest version of Adobe Acrobat. Matsudo officials chose Adobe Acrobat for generating PDF files because of its reliability, security, and compatibility with VMWare View virtualization.

“Whether on old desktops or new thin clients, everyone can use the same rules on Acrobat,” says Tokuichi Tobari, chief director of IT implementation in Matsudo’s Planning and Coordination Department. “By standardizing on Adobe Acrobat as our PDF software, we can make sure that everyone is using the same type and version of software, making it extremely effective to have a consistent security policy within the organization.”

Acrobat is also accelerating the city’s move to a paperless environment, which raises efficiencies while reducing costs. Acrobat is used to reliably deliver documents, including applications and authorization forms, as PDF files on the Internet. Any individual with Adobe Reader can view the documents at any time on personal devices.

Finally, Acrobat reduces total cost of ownership. The city of Matsudo signed an enterprise license agreement for Adobe Acrobat, which reduces the cost of individual licenses and enables efficient software deployment and updates.

Learn more about the city of Matsudo and the benefits it yields from Adobe Acrobat.

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October 31, 2012

Bridging the Productivity Gap – IDC Video Interview

Looking for more insights from our recent IDC white paper on Bridging the Productivity Gap? Check out this video where Ali Hanyaloglu, senior Acrobat Solutions evangelist, interviews IDC lead analyst and author of the study, Melissa Webster, about some of the research highlights and findings.

The recently released Adobe-commissioned IDC white paper analyzed the current productivity challenges that IT and information workers face in today’s age of digital documents. The study also identifies opportunities for increasing information worker productivity.

With new and improved PDF editing, cloud services integration and enhanced tablet capabilities, Acrobat XI addresses today’s complex document challenges and the problems that compromise the productivity of information workers and IT departments.

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