Posts tagged "acrobat"

April 25, 2013

Acrobat-Swiss Army Knife of Software

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Many times I refer to Acrobat as a Swiss Army Knife? Why? Like a Swiss Army Knife you need to have it with you always, it can help you in emergencies, and is a tool you can use daily. I use Acrobat daily in my work, even prior to joining Adobe. Many times it has been my life saver as I needed to edit a PDF file that no one could find the original document. Enter Acrobat, as my emergency rescue, I just export the PDF to Word and begin editing.

Swiss Army Knife Illustration

In state and local government, I find they use Acrobat the way we sometimes use a Swiss Army knife. We get out the knife blade or in Acrobat’s case the Create PDF blade and we forget there are other tools in Acrobat. In our post today I would like to explore some of the other uses of Acrobat or its other blades.

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March 14, 2013

Adobe Acrobat PDF Security Webinar

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Government customers at all levels, federal, state & local and civilian agencies are always concerned about security. For good reason, according to an IDC report, nearly 36% of government agencies have experienced an information leak in the past 12 months. We know it’s a problem, but what tools can be used to help us stem the leaks of information?

Next week, on March 21st at 2 pm est, I will be delivering a webinar to address these points. I will be covering two major topic areas. The first, primarily for IT managers, will discuss application security in Adobe Acrobat and what this means to their agencies.

Screen shot of Protected Mode in Acrobat XI

Screen shot of Protected Mode in Acrobat XI. If you don’t know what this means, join our webinar to learn.

The second area I will cover will be for users of Acrobat. I will discuss how to secure your PDF documents and how to remove sensitive information (commonly called redaction) from your PDF documents. I find many times users of Acrobat assume their PDF files are secure because they are a PDF. This is not the case. In Acrobat XI we can apply security at the onset of creating our PDF documents, which is a real time saver.

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February 22, 2013

Tools with Impact

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While my colleagues attended the Adobe Government Assembly last week (see Jerry’s post), I was in San Bernardino presenting a session for the District Attorney’s Office on Technical Training around Adobe Acrobat XI. About 50 attendees from the district attorney’s office had an entire day of training on how to use tools and technology that improves their effectiveness at prosecuting defendants.

I quickly realized these attorneys often compete with private defense attorneys, who many times have more staff and money to buy better tools. That particular day in San Bernardino was especially telling for my audience, as the manhunt for Christopher Dorner was in full pursuit and their own San Bernardino County officers were at the forefront of the chase. This district attorney’s office would potentially be responsible for the prosecution of Dorner. It really caused me to realize I was teaching them how to leverage a powerful a tool to help them better do their job- prosecute defendants.

Redaction Slide from training.

Redaction Slide from training.

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January 31, 2013

Creative Cloud: The New Wave of Software Delivery and File Access

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As you learned in Jerry’s post last week, I am a designer by trade. I was excited when Adobe announced Creative Cloud last April because as most designers can attest, that although you work for another company you may do freelance or charity projects in your off time which utilize your design skills.

I decided to take advantage of the Adobe offer to existing customers to migrate over to the Creative Cloud for a low monthly or yearly price. I have been a perpetual license holder (I owned the software and then upgraded when the next version came out) since 1985, when I began in desktop publishing. I viewed the promises of the Creative Cloud offering as appealing, especially always current.

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Here’s what I can attest to personally since owning my own Individual Creative Cloud subscription…

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August 29, 2011

San Diego County DA’s Office and Adobe Acrobat

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In a recent conversation, Mark Whitmore, the Deputy District Attorney at the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office, told us how the organization accelerates Juvenile Court proceedings using Adobe Acrobat Pro in a Microsoft SharePoint environment. The organization, together with its partners—San Diego Juvenile Justice Partners, the County Technology Office, the Probation Department, and the Office of the Public Defender—uses advanced PDF capabilities in Acrobat Pro and SharePoint document management. The digital case file environment, known as the Justice Electronic Library System or JELS, was developed by the County Technology Office and serves all county juvenile justice stakeholders in the DA’s office, Probation, and other areas.

By using Acrobat to convert case files to searchable PDF files integrated into its SharePoint environment, the division saves administrative staff from having to sort, collate, file, retrieve, and photocopy countless case files on paper. The improved case file management has already freed up time for 10 staff members to devote to other critical activities. Deputy DA’s and other participants with access to the JELS system can go over case documents electronically prior to each hearing, greatly accelerating case file review.

The JELS system has dramatically enhanced collaboration in the office and the courtroom. Based on its success, the California County Information Services Directors Association (CCISDA) awarded San Diego County a first place Innovation Award in the collaboration category.

To learn more, check out the full story on the San Diego County DA’s office here.

You can keep in touch with the Acrobat team on Twitter @Acrobat and, of course, keep up-to-date with all things Adobe in goverment on Twitter @AdobeGov.

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May 17, 2011

Adobe Desktop Tools in the DoD

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Adobe’s Acrobat and Creative Suite products are ubiquitous across the DoD and Intelligence Community. Over the last few years, we have amassed a compelling number of case studies in which agencies like the US Army Corps of Engineers and many others use Adobe’s desktop tools to conceive, prototype, create, publish, distribute, track, optimize and secure documents and content ranging from simple inter-office communications to detailed technical schematics to high-level classified documentation. Whether it’s high-resolution digital imaging, HD video processing, enterprise-class RIAs, mobile app development, or redacting and encrypting sensitive PDF documentation — the DoD depends on Adobe Desktop.

Because of the broad familiarity that our DoD customers have with our desktop software, Adobe has “taken its show on the road” with a 17-date roadshow called the Create and Secure Military Tour 2011!

These half-day briefings are designed to help keep our customers ahead and abreast of the emerging trends in PDF and document security, publication design, web development and video post-production with practical introductions to the latest innovations in Adobe technology.

Included in these briefings are demonstrations of Acrobat X Professional, InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Flash, Premiere Pro, After Effects, Encore, and other Adobe desktop tools. Hot topics so far have included: document encryption and security, forms data collection workflows, PDF Portfolios, creating apps for Android and iOS devices, HTML5 best practices, smoothly editing multiple streams of HD video in real-time, and much more.

Check here to see if we’re coming to a city or military installation near you soon!

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February 1, 2011

A Conversation with Barry Leffew, Adobe VP of Public Sector: Part 1 of 2

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We recently sat down with Barry Leffew, Adobe’s vice president of Public Sector Sales, to get his perspective on the company’s presence in the Government market. This is the first segment of a two-part interview.

In today’s video, Barry discusses:

  • 0:04 – His current role and background
  • 0:30 – A typical day
  • 1:00 – The history of Adobe in Government
  • 1:35 – PDF and Government
  • 2:20 – The evolution of Adobe technologies and Government

In part two, which we’ll post in the next couple days, Barry covers:

  • The breadth of Adobe’s presence in Government today
  • Key trends he sees in Government IT
  • The importance of customer experience and how it applies to Government
  • What the future holds for Government IT

Keep your eyes on this space for the second part of the conversation, or follow us on Twitter to be sure you catch it.

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November 17, 2010

Section 508 Accessibility event

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We recently sponsored a Section 508 accessibility event at the U.S. Access Board Auditorium in Washington, D.C. The late October event included discussion on the changing standards, policy, and compliance landscape.

We were honored to have talks by the following special guests:

  • Kareem Dale, Associate Director, White House Office of Public Engagement, Special Assistant to the President for Disability Policy
  • Terry Weaver, Director of IT Accessibility, General Services Administration
  • David Capozzi, Executive Director, U.S. Access Board

The morning also featured a presentation from Adobe and other government leaders on best technology practices for achieving accessibility.

Please check out the following video for an overview of the event, including thoughts from several of the speakers.

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October 18, 2010

The New Acrobat X and Government

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Earlier today, Adobe announced the next version of our Acrobat family, Acrobat X. We sat down with long-time Adobe veteran Rick Brown, who runs product management for Acrobat, to get his perspective on the new release and how the software is used by government agencies.

  • 0:03 – Rick’s responsibilities and background
  • 0:45 – Acrobat X: what drove development; some of the new capabilities
  • 2:50 – Acrobat in Government, including how agencies use it today

You can follow the Acrobat team on twitter @acrobat, and check out their blog here.

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