Archive for October, 2008

Watch an Acrobat-SharePoint Integration eSeminar Recording

Many of our customers have either deployed or are interested in deploying Microsoft SharePoint.

Today, my colleague Mark Middleton and did a 1-hour SharePoint eSeminar. Our Partner OmTool also participated; they offer the free Swiftwriter plug-in for Acrobat that provides check-in/out from SharePoint.

Watch Archived SharePoint eSeminar
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If you are not very familiar with SharePoint, it’s hard to describe this popular Microsoft product in a sentence. SharePoint may be used as a web portal, an enterprise search engine, as a collaboration tool, for content management and more.

You probably want to get the most you can from SharePoint in your organization. Since PDFs are one of the most frequently encountered document types in enterprises, Adobe is interested in SharePoint, too.

Read on to view the slides— with narrative sticky notes — from the presentation.

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Capture Discoveries in a PDF Lab Notebook: Part 1

Portfolio IllustrationAn Electronic Lab Notebook (ELN) is digital container for documents and data which is part of the research and development of drugs and medical devices. By replacing paper, you can save money and protect important data and discoveries.

Enterprise class ELN products are available and are good choices for large organizations. For example, CambridgeSoft’s Chemistry E-Notebook offers integration with Adobe Acrobat and enterprise content management systems.

However, what do you do if you are a smaller organization or have a limited budget?

One option to consider is a digitally signed PDF Portfolio, a container structure introduced with Acrobat 9.

A PDF Portfolio is a new concept in Acrobat 9, although it builds upon the PDF Package functionality in Acrobat 8. It’s easiest to think of a PDF Portfolio as a briefcase—or Portfolio— which can hold many types of documents in addition, of course, to PDF.

For example, you could have PDFs, Word Files, Excel documents, instrument data files and more that “live” inside a single PDF document.

PDF Portfolios offer professional-looking Flash-based navigation. Creating a useful interface to your files is simple using the pre-built layouts. In addition, you can “brand” the portfolio with a universal header:

A PDF Portfolio used as a Lab Notebook

The entire PDF Portfolio may be digitally signed on the Portfolio Cover Sheet to protect your important discoveries.

This entry is Part 1 in a series of articles. To start, I’ll present some background information on PDF Portfolios and how they work.

Subsequent articles will cover how to create and customize PDF Portfolios. Read on!

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