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September 8, 2011

Open Standards and the Future of Public Sector ICT – Latest in Series of UK Gov Webinars

As we’ve posted about several times in the recent past (including here and here), the Adobe Gov UK team has been holding a series of webinars focused on the public sector.

The importance of open standards to the future of public sector ICT was the latest topic, for an event that took place on August 31. The event covered whether open standards finally allow the public sector to join up service delivery, what standards are key, and how will they be decided.

The panel included:

  • Bill McCluggage, Deputy Government CIO and Director of ICT Strategy & Policy at the Cabinet Office
  • Mark Brett, Policy & Programme Manager at Socitm
  • Marc Straat, Adobe’s European Head of Standards
  • Helen Olsen, Managing Editor, UKauthorITy and IT in Use magazine

An on-demand version of the webinar is now available here; we encourage you to check it out. And to participate in future webinars in the series see the ITU Live registration site here.

As always, keep in touch with the AdobeGov team on Twitter @AdobeGov.

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August 2, 2011

Giving Designers Access to Standards-Based Tools and Services

I recently spoke with an Adobe customer in the Intelligence Community who wanted to dispel the myth, once and for all, that Creatives don’t dwell in Government;  “We’re not all sad, grey button-pushers here in the Public Sector!” he shouted. “There are tons of engaged, outgoing, creative people who love design!”

After touring across the country on our Roadshow, I’ve seen first-hand evidence that this is true! There has been a sea change of creativity and design-first thinking over the last few years in Government, spearheaded by the refresh of and trickling down through organizations like Sunlight Labs and Code for America. Many services like, and provide clean, simple, forward-thinking design that bolsters engagement and usability, as well as 508 compliance! Mobile sites and apps, which are inherently usable and design-centric, have exploded across the Public Sector, with many agencies planning well ahead of the curve.

Designers face a unique challenge these days: which medium, screen, surface, platform, runtime, or browser is the most important to design for? When it comes to government, the short answer is: all of them! Constituents demand constant access to government services and data from wherever they happen to be, with whichever media or screen they happen to be confronting, and their experience of those services must be intuitive, compelling and “sticky,” in order to bring them back the next time. The “correct” design methodology for laying out a engaging, adaptable, and accessible interface that complies with the most recent standards, whether they are based in the world of paper, e-readers, motion graphics, or web browsers, is a constantly moving target.

Adobe prides itself in providing design tools and technologies that allow our customers to create exceptional standards-compliant experiences across screens and devices, and this week we are proud to unveil a few projects that we’ve been working on to help the greater design community create, learn and collaborate around new and emerging standards for the web:

1) Adobe Edge Public Preview. Designers can access the recently released Adobe Edge public preview, a new HTML5 web motion and animation tool that allows designers to do Flash Professional-like animation using web standards like HTML, JavaScript and CSS3. While in public preview, Adobe Edge will be a free download.

2) The Expressive Web beta. This new site is both a resource and showcase that highlights some of the most creative and expressive features being added to the web today. In addition to highlighting and providing information on twelve new HTML5 and CSS3 features, the site itself makes extensive use of new web standards to provide a visually compelling resource for learning more about HTML5 and CSS3.

3) Adobe Drive 3. This software enables seamless integration of a digital asset management (DAM) system with Adobe Creative Suite 5 and CS5.5 applications. Once connected to a DAM server, a creative team can access remote assets through their native operating system’s file browser, through Adobe Bridge, or from the menus of CS products that integrate with Drive:  Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and InCopy. The newest version of Drive enables connection to any DAM that implements the CMIS specification, an industry-wide standard.

In addition to these announcements, Adobe has many other projects cooking when it comes to standards compliance across the web and devices. For example, we have released a prototype of a Flash-to-HTML conversion tool codenamed Wallaby.  Check out some more of these projects on our HTML5 home page, and send your designers and web developers to our HTML5 Developer Center for the latest updates.

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August 11, 2010

Adobe on Open Source and Standards: Part 3 of 3

In the final installment of our series, Dave McAllistair, Adobe Director of Open Source and Standards, talks about open government, standards and open source.

Full transcript: OpenSourceStandardsPt3of3.pdf

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August 10, 2010

Adobe on Open Source and Standards: Part 2 of 3

Dave McAllister, Adobe Director of Open Source and Standards, continues his perspectives on “open” at Adobe. Today, Dave discusses PDF and Flash.

Full transcript: OpenSourceStandardsPt2of3.pdf

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August 9, 2010

Adobe on Open Source and Standards: Part 1 of 3

Recently, we sat down with Dave McAllister, Adobe Director of Open Source and Standards, to get his perspectives on “open” at Adobe. This is the first segment of a three part interview. In parts two and three, coming later this week, Dave will cover:

-Recent developments at Adobe re: open source and standards
-Discussion of PDF and Flash in terms of open
-Obama’s Open Government Initiative
-What’s next for Adobe in terms of open source and standards

Full transcript: OpenSourceStandardsPt1of3.pdf.

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September 30, 2014

Does Creativity Drive Success In Government?

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Across Government IT leadership these days, the high-level focus has definitively shifted to address the three new basic commodities of the Information Age: Mobile, Social and Cloud. The explosive growth of connected citizens, social networking, mobile web browsing and cloud storage availability has challenged Government agencies to fundamentally redefine and re-architect services that were previously unimaginable or even nonexistent.

The Federal Government, once belabored and disrupted by this past decade’s major innovations, is now making concerted efforts to establish standards for bringing its digital services in line with the best private sector services, with its establishment of the U.S. Digital Service. In their excellent Playbook for building successful digital services in Government, the USDS stringently emphasizes the need for agencies to consider the End User as the central element of any service, and to understand that “the needs of people — not constraints of government structures or silos — should drive technical and design decisions.”

In other words: since the major innovations of the last decade — Mobile, Social and Cloud — will be the commodities of the next decade, the new frontier for Government agencies is Experience.

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In the private sector, we see disruptive technologies succeeding via a design-led experience. Startups like Über, Nest, AirBnB and Pinterest provide just a few examples of how a well-designed, user-centric experience not only add value to services — it becomes the *primary* value.

Graphic designers, imaging specialists, layout artists and multimedia personnel — once considered ancillary to the process of architecting services — have increasingly gained value as strategic decision makers, facing the front lines where user expectations and business requirements meet to determine the ultimate citizen experience.

Accordingly, Government leadership can foster successful citizen experience by adhering to another best practice from the private sector: fostering employee creativity.

For years, business leaders have focused on things like employee productivity, process efficiency and workforce planning as the key success drivers for their companies. But over the past few years, the mindset has shifted. Leading companies recognize the importance of another key success driver – the need to infuse creativity into all aspects of business – from strategy and culture, to innovation and customer engagement.

Adobe and Forrester recently conducted a study that found that creative companies – those that encourage creative perspective, practices, and culture – outperform in both revenue growth and market share. 58% of respondents from creative companies said their revenues have strong growth (10%+ year-over-year), vs. only 20% of less-creative firms. And creative companies are 50% more likely to report a commanding market leadership position over competitors.

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For more information on the results of this study, and its impact for creating exceptional citizen experiences, check out this blog post from David Wadhwani, Adobe’s Senior Vice President of Digital Media, as well as this infographic.

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Adobe will also be highlighting this study at the Adobe MAX Conference this coming October 6-8 in Los Angeles, CA. If you’re a Government employee or contractor, and you’re attending Adobe MAX this year, please join us for the Digital Government Reception on Sunday October 5th! See you there!

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August 18, 2014

Building a Creative Framework for the U.S. Navy

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Government organizations such as the U.S. Navy know that they need to keep pace with the private sector when it comes to technology. So, when the U.S. Navy needed a new creative framework for digital media, digital agency Left of Creative guided the military branch toward Adobe Creative Cloud.

First, Left of Creative recommended the U.S. Navy establish a collaborative creative workflow that would enable individuals across the country and around the world to work together. With server and storage requirements from technology partner Splice Media, the U.S. Navy brought Creative Cloud into its highly secure environment. With Left of Creative, the U.S. Navy is now elevating its standards for media quality, delivery, and security across platforms and devices.

“I’ve been a big advocate of making sure the government strives to innovate like other media producers,” says David Bellino, founder and CEO, Left of Creative. “Investing in technology such as Adobe Creative Cloud makes connecting teams inside and outside the government a very easy process. Plus, it meets the Navy’s IT and creative needs.”

For more information, please see the detailed Customer Success Story (PDF) and a video profile of this story on Adobe’s Government Customer Showcase.

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April 25, 2013

Acrobat-Swiss Army Knife of Software


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 26, 2013

Adobe Supports OpenStand

The following post originally appeared in the Adobe Standards blog.


On March 9th, at the Open Future  reception at SXSW, Adobe announced support for the OpenStand  initiative. Our rationale for this was simple – OpenStand is good for the Web, good for users, and good for Adobe. It increases innovation, openness, and allows greater participation in evolving the Internet.

The Internet is built on standards. These standards come from all sorts of organizations – some formal and supported by governments, some less formal and created by industry associations, and some driven by users who believe in collective action. OpenStand takes a simple position on these organizations – if the organization is open, transparent, balanced, has due process in creation, and has broad consensus – then the organization and its specifications are legitimate.

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March 7, 2013

Beating the Sequester With a “Mobile First” Strategy

I can’t pretend to understand the many twisting, churning governmental machinations behind Sequestration, or even Snowquestration, but my imagination paints a number of closed-door, deeply-partisan and highly unpleasant confrontations between legislators who pride themselves on one-upmanship, not unlike how Congressman Francis Underwood deviously masterminds passage of Education Reform in Netflix’s House of Cards. In this case, I believe life likely imitates art, not the other way around.


Regardless of the opaque political process behind cutting $1.2 Trillion from Government agencies over 10 years, uncertainty and discomfort have reverberated across all sectors of Government since Monday. One notable example has resulted in the cancellation of the Defense Intelligence Worldwide conference, which has been a critical hub for industry interaction with the US Intelligence Community for years. Adobe looked very much forward to hosting many of our meetings at our 20×20 booth with bleeding-edge demonstrations, try-it-yourself kiosks and (of course) swag giveaways, so we share the frustration and disappointment that the conference organizers, technology vendors and Gov IT personnel must be feeling right now.


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