Posts tagged "ePortfolios"

Acrobat X.1 update. Get yours now!

The long awaited update to Acrobat X is finally here. Why should you update? No matter what your role in your institution; whether administrative, instructional, IT support, or student, there is something for everyone who uses Acrobat in education. Here are some compelling reasons:

Peace of mind: Acrobat is one of only three applications in the world that are “sandboxed”. This is a protected mode that dramatically reduces exposure from viruses and malware that may be lurking in files. Acrobat Professional X, Adobe Reader X, Google Chrome, and Microsoft Office 2010 are the only applications that offer this. This helps reduce the need for unscheduled security patches, and reduces the amount of time that you and your IT team spend on damage control in the field.

Microsoft Office 2010 64 bit support: Now Acrobat Pro X.1 supports MS office. Why is this important? Whether you use the 32 bit or 64 bit version of Office, the PDFMaker that is installed by Acrobat Pro X in the MS Office Application toolbar ribbon is the ONLY way you should be converting your Office docs into PDF. This will dramatically improve the richness of your PDFs ensuring that your documents and workflow efficiencies contain the most intelligence and are compliant with the latest PDF specifications.

Support for the latest browsers: View PDF documents directly in the most popular browsers for maximum viewing convenience and interactivity. Acrobat X.1 supports the latest versions of the most popular browsers. Supported browsers on Mac are Safari. Supported browsers on Windows are, IE, Firefox, and Google Chrome.

In conclusion: Acrobat X.1 can save you tine and money. How?

  • More secure PDF viewing.
  • Complete support for the Adobe Dynamic PDF environment
  • Productivity gains when working with Microsoft Office Applications (Windows only).
  • Easier deployment that lowers the total cost of ownership

For a detailed list of Acrobat support for PDFMaker and Web Browser support visit this link http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/333/333504.html

Get the latest Adobe updates at http://www.adobe.com/downloads/updates/

If you already own Acrobat Pro X, you definitely want to update to X.1. If you don’t own Acrobat Pro X, check out all the new features and get a free 30 day trial at http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat.html

If you are using an older Adobe Reader, or a free or third party PDF reader, get peace of mind and compliance with the latest PDF specifications to take full advantage of Adobe Acrobat’s  Dynamic PDF environment. Download the Free Adobe Reader X.1 at http://get.adobe.com/reader/

To learn more about Acrobat be sure to visit AcrobatUsers.com at http:// www.acrobatusers.com

 

Acrobat X is Here!

The wait is over. Acrobat X is available now. You can begin right away to be more innovative, to create and share higher quality, dynamic content, and drive tighter collaboration and productivity across your institution. And you won’t be alone. Already customers in a variety of businesses are extolling the power of Acrobat X and how it’s helping them get more done.

Try out the new powerful new Acrobat X features like guided Actions, which simplify multi-step document preparation and publishing processes. Save PDF files as Microsoft Word documents. Create amazing content using the completely new customization capabilities in PDF Portfolios to unify multiple file types into compelling presentations. And now that collaboration has been enhanced further with Microsoft SharePoint integration, institutions can be sure of the consistency of their PDF documents across their businesses. And the new, intuitive user interface is making Acrobat X a tool for everyone.

Sign up now for the Nov 4 Adobe Acrobat X Pro eSeminar for education

Acrobat 10 PrefessionalI will be presenting an eSeminar on November 4 at 10 AM PT (1PM ET) that will highlight the new features that make Acrobat Pro X invaluable in educational settings. Whether you are in K-12 or Higher Education, the new streamlined interface and amazing new features will improve the way you teach, collaborate, share, and present. The new PDF portfolio environment in Acrobat X Pro makes integrating rich media and web content as well as posting ePortfolio collections as websites a snap. Acrobat X Pro has features that will save you, your institution, and your students time, money, and resources while improving workflows and building essential 21st century skills. You never knew Acrobat could do so much. Come see what it can do for you!

Sign up here!

Acrobat X is Here!

The New Acrobat X is finally here! Acrobat X image

What can it do for education? Here is a quick list of new and improved features:

New user interface

  • The Interface tool pane brings top user needs out front
  • Customizable Tool Bar
  • Tools Pane reveals most useful tools to improve productivity
  • Tools and Tasks are easier to access
  • HUD display provides more real estate for viewing

Amazing document repurposing

  • New export options allow for Word and Excel options including headers, footers, and worksheets
  • New scanning engine improves accuracy and file size
  • Efficient tagging and reflow ensure viewing and access on a variety of screens

A more versatile collaboration environment

  • Commenting tools are in a convenient location in UI
  • Markup extends to video and 3D in composite PDFs
  • Reader X users can use sticky notes and highlight tools
  • SharePoint is fully supported so PDFs can be checked in and out  as well as part of an Acrobat workflow.

The next generation of PDF Portfolios

  • New Portfolio environment  built on Flex 4
  • New Support for Accessibility and MSAA compliant devices.
  • Easy to customize AX for user – background image, themes, header
  • Developers can create new layouts with plug-in for Flash Builder
  • Creatives can create new visual themes with Illustrator templates and Flash Pro
  • Allow addition of Web content including Embed Code for video to be viewed directly in Portfolio
  • Save PDF Portfolios as websites and placed on web for preview in browser before deciding to download.
  • Perfect compliment to LMS/CMS systems
  • Each PDF’s page can be previewed without opening actual document. When document is opened from portfolio, it is fully dynamic.

Guided Actions - Guided Actions are scriptable batch processes that can easily be made and shared so that groups of users can benefit from improved compliance and best practices

  • Great for group efficiency
  • Supports Java Script
  • Great to ensure best practices across the institution

Enterprise deployment for Windows and Macintosh environments.

  • Windows deployment is made easier with an improved customization wizard
  • Macintosh clients can now be deployed using the popular Remote Desktop application.

In the coming weeks check back for more previews including tips, tricks, and tutorials!

Also be sure to visit www.AcrobatUsers.com for the latest links to everything Acrobat.

Acrobat in Education Webinar – August 18th

Wednesday August 18 at 1PM ET, I will be presenting a special Webinar on using Acrobat in education at AcrobatUsers.com.

If you’re a student, educator, researcher or school administrator, discover the many ways you can use Acrobat workflows in the world of education. Find out how you can benefit from Adobe PDF workflows that simplify the creation of everything from project submissions, course packs and presentations to dissertations and portfolios. You can sign up for this Here

Wrap Up Your School Year in an Acrobat 9 PDF Portfolio

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As the school year winds down, its time to get organized and one of the best places to start is with the files on your computer. All that hard work that went into creating and submitting assignments, reports, projects, and just about anything digital shouldn’t be filed away in multiple locations or directories only to be forgotten or lost over time. Chances are you have the tool you need right on your desktop, Adobe Acrobat 9 Professional.

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On-Demand ePortfolio Seminar

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Last month’s eSeminar on using Acrobat for ePortfolio was a great event. We had over 800 people attend. i demonstrated how to use the ePortfolio capabilities in Acrobat 9 to enable students and faculty to easily organize and collect, and present information from a variety of sources into a media-rich PDF Portfolio. I also demonstrated how you can easily collaborate and share documents and portfolios in real time or asynchronously. Acrobat 9 makes it possible to reflect, collect and manage feedback in multiple ways.

In case you missed the seminar you can view it on demand on Adobe’s OnDemand Seminar site. Here is the link. You will need a free Adobe ID to access it. By the way, your Adobe ID is also used to access the free Acrobat.com web service. This is a great resource for students and educators.