Posts in Category "News and Events"

Key Enhancements in Acrobat XI for the Bio-Pharma Market

Acrobat XI (Acrobat 11) is the latest version of Acrobat. With each new release, Adobe makes improvements to the product.

You can read about the general improvements in the product on the Acrobat XI product page.

In this article, I’ll discuss a few features which I think are particularly applicable to bio-pharma and life sciences.

Read on for more info.

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Healthcare as easy as Craigslist?

Fast Company is a business and technology online and traditional magazine which always seems to have interesting articles.

Recently, Fast Company posted this article:

Can Health Care 2.0 Be as Easy as Craigslist? Craig Thinks So

The subject of the article was Craigslist Founder Craig Newmark who was interviewed about the work he is doing with the Department of Veteran Affairs to better utilize technology for healthcare.

The article notes that Adobe won the VA’s first Blue Button Developer Challenge for the creation of an interactive platform for medical records. An image of the Adobe application is included in the article.

One thing I found interesting was to learn about how the VA is going about bringing their technology up to date:

 . . . the VA will open source its new health care ecosystem, permitting a community of developers to
co-construct the new database and allow outside institutions to modify
the codebase for their own systems. The vision is a system that permits
real-time communication between patients and doctors and isn’t held
hostage by either a painfully slow government entity or a single,
inflexible corporate partner. For developers, this means a whole new
sub-industry of opportunity.

Now, that’s forward thinking for a government agency!

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Slides for 1/22/2010 Acrobat for Life Sciences eSeminar

Did you attend my January 22, 2010 Life Science eSeminar?

Here are the slides I promised to share.


Options for Getting the Slides

You can get the slide two ways:

  1. From my account
    Preferred, since there is much greater bandwidth.
  2. Directly from this blog Method


Direct Download

Acrobat_Life_Science_Seminar_Blog (PDF)

Right-click and choose Save As or Save Target or just click the link to open the PDF in a browser window.



The narrative for the slides may be found in a sticky note on each page.

Materials for PDF Document Review:Ad Hoc or Audited Options for Life Sciences

My colleagues Mark Middleton, Ed Chase and I offered an eSeminar today on collaborative review tools.
The eSeminar featured solutions for ad hoc review using Acrobat and also audited, workflow-based review using the Adobe eSubmissions Solutions Accelerator.
Here, you can view the slides from today’s session.
I’ve stored these on my account so you can view a Flash preview or download the PDF which includes speaker notes.
Read the rest of the entry to get to the downloadable slides.

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Materials for Using SAFE- BioPharma Digital Signatures in Adobe Acrobat 9

Today, my colleagues Mark Middleton, Ed Chase and I conducted a joint eSeminar with the SAFE Bio-Pharma Association called:

Using SAFE- BioPharma Digital Signatures in Adobe Acrobat 9

I’ll post a link to the recording soon.

I’ve included three downloads that you might find useful:

  1. Adobe Acrobat Slides
    Go over the digital signing process in Acrobat

  2. SAFE Slides
    Covers the business benefits of using SAFE signatures

  3. Adobe LiveCycle eSubmissions Solutions Accelerator
    Slides on Adobe’s server-based review and approval systems which can be part of an audited, CFR-Part 11 workflow

  4. Digital Signatures Cheat Sheet
    Helps you understand the various status messages associated with digital signatures

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Regulatory Compliant PDFs and Beyond Materials

If you attended my eSeminar "
Regulatory Compliant PDFs and Beyond
" and are looking for a copy of the slides and other materials, you’re in the right place.

One point I try to get across about Acrobat is that it can be used for far more than just creating a PDF as part of an electronic submission.

Acrobat is terrific as a general tool for any knowledge worker. Need to capture information from a web site? Scan in paper documents? Combine files into something well-organized to send out?

Yes, yes, yes.

Click on the Continue Reading link below to access two documents:

  1. Slides from the events
  2. Comparison of Acrobat features from version 7, 8 and 9


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Slides for 1/27/09 Review eSeminar

Did you attend the
following eSeminar?

PDF Document Review eSeminar:
Ad Hoc or Audited Options for Life Sciences

I’ve posted two sets of slides. The first set covers Shared Review in Acrobat. The second set covers the LiveCycle eSubmissions Solution Accelerator.

To recap, the seminar covered:

Adobe experts will show you how to encourage active participation by your employees and accelerate the document review process. Whether you need informal document review or an audited CFR-Part 11 compliant review process, Adobe offers solutions which leverage the Adobe Acrobat product family, including the free Adobe Reader.

Attend this free seminar and you will:

  • Learn how to enable ad hoc review workflows using Adobe Acrobat and the free Adobe Reader
  • Discover how Adobe LiveCycle server solutions can create, route and manage audited review processes
  • See how multiple users, in real time, can add notes and comments to PDF documents
  • Discover how to create custom stamps and other annotations
  • Find out how to use network folders or Microsoft SharePoint to host ad hoc reviews

Click onward to download the slides . . .

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Acrobat 8.1.3 Available

Adobe Reader 8.13 and Adobe Acrobat 8.1.3 are now available:

Update Link
Acrobat 8 Win
Acrobat 8 Mac
Adobe Reader (All)

The Reader update is also available via FTP:

The Adobe Acrobat/ Reader 8.1.3 update addresses a number of customer workflow issues and security vulnerabilities while providing more stability.

Note: Acrobat 9.0 and Adobe Reader 9.0 do not require a security update.

What’s fixed?

The Acrobat/Adobe Reader 8.1.3 Release Notes contain an exhaustive list of the fixes.

Many of the fixes address dynamic forms issues. If your organization uses dynamic forms and Adobe’s LiveCycle  server products, you should carefully read the Release Notes above.

Acrobat 8.1.3 also addresses some critical security issues.

You might want to read the Acrobat 8.1.3 Security Bulletin.

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
(Opens in a new window)

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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What will be in the next version of Acrobat?


Many of our customers in the Life Science industry have a real interest in planning ahead for new technology purchases.

Since PDF has become the de facto format for regulatory filings, use of Adobe Acrobat is nearly ubiquitous across the pharmaceutical and medical device industry.

It is advantageous to know as much as you can about new software that will arrive in the months ahead. With that knowledge, you can plan your budget, anticipate training needs and investigate how the new product will fit into your existing infrastructure.

What new features will be in the next version of Acrobat?

I can’t tell you here, but you may be able to find out yourself by signing up for Adobe’s Pre-release Program.

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