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Adobe Acrobat XI with Cloud Services Now Available

Today we began shipping our newest and most powerful collaboration solution – Adobe Acrobat XI® with cloud services – and you can get it now at the Adobe store or your nearest Adobe reseller.

Adobe Acrobat XI has the capabilities to let you handle the most complex document challenges and help your IT department close the gap on the productivity inefficiencies that result from working with an ever-increasing number of documents. But more than that, Acrobat XI gives you easy access to our powerful cloud services for web contracting and online forms that will make doing business from anywhere a breeze.

Acrobat XI has the features you asked for and then some.  Features like making it easier than ever to edit PDF files and export to Microsoft PowerPoint; touch-friendly capabilities on tablets, and ensuring interoperability with Windows 7 and 8. Acrobat XI also lets you update text directly in PDF, automatically wrap paragraph text, search and replace words in a PDF file, and crop, adjust, or replace images, with the newly designed Edit Text and Images tool.

Customers tell us these features save hours of work.

“Using Acrobat XI, our marketing team can easily edit and fine‐tune text, images, and rich‐media content directly within a PDF presentation whenever and wherever they are, saving valuable time and costs of reworking materials,” said Jim Confalone, founder of ProPoint Graphics.

Better integration with our cloud services, Adobe EchoSign and FormsCentral, has also topped customer request lists, and with Acrobat XI, we made that possible. Using Adobe EchoSign, sales teams can now cut contract cycles and the time to close a deal from weeks to just hours. Think of what that means to your bottom line.  Bill Lunsford, graphics manager, BBDO Atlanta likes how it makes his day easier. “The new EchoSign features within Adobe Acrobat XI will streamline everyday tasks. These days, no one is going to stand at a fax machine to wait for approvals. Being able to electronically sign a PDF on cost estimates for a project will accelerate go‐to‐market schedules,” he said.

With Adobe FormsCentral, you get robust forms creation, data collection, and results analysis that customers are raving about. “The enhancements to FormsCentral within Acrobat XI make creating and distributing well-designed, interactive forms to exchanging information with clients and partners much easier,” said Bart van Wanroij, president of Microsoft software developer, Epona. “We especially love the new graphic representation of the form results summary in Acrobat XI. With FormsCentral capabilities in Acrobat XI, the road to collecting, analyzing, and ultimately reporting on data just became a lot shorter for Epona!”

We also made both Acrobat XI and the new Adobe Reader® XI touch enabled for use on tablet devices.  Now PDF files containing dynamic media content, as well as files in shared review and electronic signature workflows, can be managed from virtually anywhere. With the Reader XI for mobile app, iOS, Android™, and Windows 8 users can collaborate in ways not possible before — adding comments during review cycles, fully interacting with PDF and web forms, and participating in electronic signature workflows. Additionally, IT can now deliver Reader XI or Acrobat XI as a centrally-managed, touch-friendly, virtual application with improved support for Citrix.

Mike Mann, release and deployment analyst, at McGladrey, thinks the new touch-enabled Reader makes McGladrey staff more efficient. “Our employees use tablets to get work done on the go. With the new editing features supported in Adobe Reader for mobile devices, our employees will be able to review PDF files and make notes at any time, increasing productivity and encouraging adoption of mobile technology,” he said.

IT professionals are praising Acrobat XI for its tighter SharePoint and Office integration. “The integration of Adobe Acrobat and Microsoft SharePoint is greatly improving how the Juvenile Justice Partners manage, share, and publish juvenile case information,” said Susan Green, assistant CIO, at the San Diego County District Attorney’s office.

Acrobat XI also streamlines deployment and maintenance, which Rob Brawn, director for the Center of Project Excellence, CH2M Hill, thinks is a huge time saver. “It is a full time job to manage software updates and keep users current on software versions. Acrobat XI security enhancements minimize out‐of‐cycle patches, saving time for IT and the users,” he said. Acrobat XI also provides industry-leading security features and supports application virtualization via Citrix XenApp software to provide a low cost of ownership and sound return on investment.

If greater productivity, efficiency and better ROI top your list of goals for your organization, give Acrobat XI a look with a free 30-day trial for Windows or Mac. If you already know the benefits Acrobat brings to a business, and you’re ready “to go to 11,” upgrading is easy and starts at just $199 for Acrobat XI Pro. So what are you waiting for?

Important P.S. for LiveCycle Designer Users!

You’ve probably already heard that LiveCycle Designer will no longer be shipping with Acrobat XI. But don’t panic. For those of you who have been using LiveCycle Designer with Acrobat 8*, Acrobat 9 or Acrobat X and want to upgrade to the latest and greatest, we’re offering a free version of LiveCycle once you upgrade to Acrobat XI, just so you can keep on using the programs you’re used to working with. Just get in touch with us and let us know that you’ve upgraded to Acrobat XI. Our customer service representatives will be happy to provide you with the latest version of LiveCycle Designer so you can continue to get your work done as usual with Acrobat XI.

Educators and Students Cheer Acrobat XI Release

We just announced Adobe Acrobat XI, a powerful new solution that rises to today’s complex document challenges and offers an easier way to teach, collaborate, and boost productivity. New, much requested features include complete PDF editing and export to PowerPoint, as well as touch-friendly capability on tablets. Educators can do their jobs more efficiently and students have a more powerful way to showcase their academic achievements.

But don’t take my word for it – see what educators have to say:

“The new capabilities of Acrobat Pro XI make my life as a district-level Distance Learning Manager and training consultant to educators a lot easier. With the new PDF editing tools, teachers can now edit text and images, something they were not able to do before, and then combine course materials, including documents, photos, and videos into a single PDF, which keeps students interested and engaged.” Linda Dickeson, Adobe Education Leader, Lincoln Public Schools, Lincoln, NE

“Students at Carnegie Mellon University use a wide variety of platforms so distributing content in PDF is vital to making sure that everyone can use it. Adobe Acrobat XI makes it easy to convert any type of content into a PDF file, annotate it with custom headers and footers, and even make the resulting file interactive. As an educator, it is particularly useful to be able to combine class materials, such as slides, photos, screen captures, and links to videos and live web pages, into one PDF.”* Brad A. Myers, Professor, Human-Computer Interaction Institute, School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University

The new and improved features and functionality in Adobe Acrobat XI give educators and students the power to:

  • Combine course materials in a single PDF—Easily assemble documents, spreadsheets, emails, web pages, photos, Adobe Flash Player compatible videos, and graphics in a single, organized PDF to share curricula, learning resources, and classroom assignments.
  • Increase impact with interactive PDFs —Educators can use media-rich PDF documents or ePortfolios to easily track and assess students’ progress over time, as well as deliver feedback more quickly and clearly using text and audio PDF commenting tools. Students can include various mediums to create work that stands out and leaves a lasting impression on teachers and potential employers.
  • Do more on the go—Fill in, sign, and save PDF forms and make comments on PDF files using free Adobe Reader software on your smartphone, tablet, or other mobile device.
  •  Spend more time teaching, less time re-creating materials—Use intuitive PDF editing tools to update text and images within Acrobat XI Pro. Convert PDFs to Microsoft Word, Excel, and now PowerPoint formats, saving fonts, formatting, and time.
  •  Create PDFs that anyone can view and sign—Share PDF files, forms, and ePortfolios with confidence, knowing that students, colleagues, and administrators can open and interact with them using free Adobe Reader software on their computer or mobile device.

We are thrilled with these new features and can’t wait to see what you do with them. Please send us your thoughts via the comments section or Twitter. Also, visit Adobe Education Exchange for new teaching resources and don’t forget to check out Adobe TV for free training videos.

* This statement reflects the opinion of Professor Brad Myers and is not intended to state or imply an endorsement by Carnegie Mellon University

eSignatures Everywhere

Todayy’s release, the days of printing, signing and faxing back documents are truly numbered. We’ve tightened the integration between Adobe Reader and Adobe EchoSign eSignature service, so you and your customers can gain real-time visibility into the signature process and status of contracts – giving you greater assurance and control over the management of all signed documents. We’ve also streamlined the desktop experience and added features that give you more choice and greater functionality.

Thanks to Adobe Reader for mobile, you can electronically sign a document by simply drawing your signature with your finger on a touchscreen, making it easy to conduct business while on the go.  Additionally, you can connect to Adobe EchoSign to get others to sign documents electronically, letting you track and manage the status of documents online. And, because the signed contracts are archived in the cloud, you can easily retrieve documents from anywhere, at any time, via a web browser.

We didn’t stop there, though. Adobe Reader for mobile also adds new capabilities that let you interact with PDF documents directly from your iOS or Android devices, including annotation, comment and forms fill. And, of course, the highly intuitive user interface provides an efficient PDF viewing experience regardless of the device.

With Adobe Reader and EchoSign, we’re making it easy for anyone to send important contracts to customers so that they can quickly and easily sign and send them electronically – and get the deal done faster. Give Adobe Reader with EchoSign a test drive on your next deal.

Kevin M. Lynch, SVP and GM, Acrobat and Document Services, Adobe

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Adobe Reader and EchoSign: one step closer to making e-signatures universal

client-logo-echosignToday, we are excited to reveal another major milestone in the integration of Adobe EchoSign technology with Adobe’s document solutions and services. Now, Adobe Reader users will be able to send PDF files to be signed from within the application as well as sign documents electronically themselves, making it easier than ever for businesses to “seal the deal” and keep up with the demands of a growing mobile workforce.  The new update makes Adobe Reader a one-stop shop for electronic signatures. Read more about it on the Acrobat Solutions blog.

Earth Day and the Power of Personal Connections

Today is Earth Day, and in 2011 we are encouraged by the Earth Day Network to join its “people-powered” campaign of pledging our acts of environmental service, with the goal of reaching a billion Acts of Green by 2012. It’s no secret that as a company, Adobe has been at the forefront of implementing green operating practices – in fact, we were the world’s first business to achieve four Platinum-level certifications for energy and environmental design excellence by the U.S. Green Building Council.

This year I also find myself reflecting on the various ways that our enterprise technology helps organizations leverage green business practices that ultimately help them decrease their environmental footprint, while increasing business efficiency and connecting people across geographies and time zones.

Acrobat solutions allow our customers to reduce the use of paper documents, while Adobe Connect makes it possible for people to collaborate and communicate globally in real time, helping reduce business travel and its related environmental impact.

For example, the U.S. Government Printing Office was able to save 20 million tons of paper over five years by using Acrobat and LiveCycle to generate, authenticate and share documents electronically. Adobe Connect enabled more than 50,000 SAP employees to communicate around the world instantly, reducing the company’s travel by as much as 90%.

And all along we have been focused with our Customer Experience Management platform on delivering highly personalized, engaging online interactions between enterprises and their customers to power great customer experiences that build brand loyalty without all the environmental damage caused by burning fuel for worldwide travel and wasting paper when electronic means would suffice.

That’s why I found it so interesting when I heard recently about an acquaintance who received a personal, handwritten note – not a personalized email – from leading online retailer Amazon.com, thanking him for his business over the past nine years.  That act of personal outreach had a marked impact.  He not only felt valued by Amazon.com after receiving this note, he now associates a human face with the company.

Can this be done in more environmentally friendly ways?  Of course it can.  Record a quick Flash video and send it on to someone you want to thank.  Send them a personalized PDF portfolio complete with pictures of past experiences together.  The Amazon story is about personal touch – about a real person inside a company reaching out to another real person to establish trust and loyalty.  Just because we are using greener means to communicate doesn’t mean we have to lose the essence of one-to-one personal communication.  In fact in many cases the technology allows us to do it more effectively.

This act of a real person at Amazon.com reaching out to a customer in a very personal way underscores the desire for us to connect with each other, even in our always-on, always-connected online business and personal lives.

We have powerful technology that enables us to know our customers and connect across geographies without the need to ever leave our offices — and that’s a great thing. Yet, we shouldn’t forget that behind the technology lie people.

And so on this Earth Day, I’m going to follow the “people-powered” examples of the Earth Day Network and leverage our great technologies to send something personal – you should do the same!

– Rob

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Acrobat Takes Gold!

effie_logo_900x506While the World Cup winners are still a few vuvuzelas away, Acrobat has captured gold at the 2010 Effie Awards for its dynamic PDF work with ESPN on the NCAA’s Ultimate Tourney Guide.

Enabling fantasy basketball fans to become the most valuable players in their offices, users experienced the many dynamic PDF capabilities of Acrobat throughout the tournament. Instead of offering the static tournament bracket for download, ESPN used the Adobe Acrobat 9 interactive PDF format to dynamically update the desktop file with real-time feeds of news, video and game results during the NCAA tournament.

Besides taking gold in Effie’s Media Innovations category, the Adobe Acrobat 9 collaboration with ESPN and the NCAA resulted in 229,275 PDF downloads and 22,794 Reader 9 downloads.

Experience Acrobat 9 yourself to see what all buzz is about by downloading it here.

Adobe launches new cloud-based eSignature service

Like everyone, I sign stuff, lots of stuff — NDAs, contracts, and all sorts of other documents. I always find myself frustrated with the signature process.

The simple act of signing doesn’t particularly bother me. It’s all the mundane tasks that need to be completed before and after signing that drive me batty.

First, I typically receive the document to be signed in electronic form — meaning I need to print it out to sign it. Then, I need to figure out how to get it back to the other party. In some cases, I might need to find an overnight envelope, fill-in the address form, stick the document in the envelope, seal the envelope, and then find a drop box. Depending on where I am, this could take up to an hour, round trip. (Did you know that people spend $7.4B/year overnighting documents just because a signature is needed?)

Or in some cases, I need to fax it back. Faxing might be quicker, but it’s no easier: (1) create a cover sheet, (2) print the cover sheet, (3) fill in the receiving parties information, and (4) walk down to the fax machine and stand next to it waiting for the transmission to complete. But wait, I’m not done — the person whom I’ve faxed it to usually wants an ‘original copy’! So now I’m back to hunting for an overnight envelope…

Oh brother.

There’s got to be a better way. Why can’t we just sign things electronically? In this Internet age, signing something really should be as easy and fast as sending an email.

It turns out that Adobe already has a big, well established business providing a highly secure digital signature capability into large banks, the military and a number of governments. In fact, we’re a market leader in digital signatures. The first digitally signed judicial order was executed using Adobe technology as was the FY 2011 US Federal Budget. We’ve built a digital signature capability into Adobe® Acrobat® and we have a server-side technology called Adobe® LiveCycle® that supports digital signatures in automated workflows. This type of digital signature requires sophisticated computer infrastructure that’s often beyond the reach of small businesses and individuals. And therein lies the opportunity — take our LiveCycle signature technology, put it in the cloud and simplify it to make it easy for everyday signatures.

Today we’re announcing the beta release of this service. We’re calling it Adobe eSignatures™. We wanted to create something that was easy to use, fast, accessible to anyone with an internet connection and a browser, and that wasn’t overloaded with complicated features.

The service is really convenient. Just go to Adobe eSignatures and sign-in. There you’ll find a very simple guided process that allows you to upload a PDF, designate the email address of the other party, and click to sign. You don’t need any special tokens or smartcards.

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Unlike paper documents, when a document is executed using Adobe eSignatures, it is certified to provide additional assurance that the document has not changed since it was signed. If you subsequently open the document in Adobe® Reader® or Adobe Acrobat you’ll see a blue ribbon at the top of the screen. If someone modifies a document after it has been signed, Adobe Reader or Adobe Acrobat will detect that something has changed and the blue ribbon will no longer appear.

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Adobe eSignatures complies with both the US ESign Act of 2000 and the Uniform Electronic Transactions Act (UETA). According the US ESign Act, “signatures and records cannot be denied legal validity simply because they are electronic.”

So give it a try and let us know what you think. There’re a few things that we’d like to add to the service, but we want to hear from you first so that we can know what things are most important. We hope you’ll find our new service easy and convenient and we hope you’ll use it for all of your everyday signature tasks.

I look forward to hearing from you,
Paul McNamara
Entrepreneur in Residence, Cloud Computing

Acrobat and Acrobat.com…sharing more than just a name

We recently introduced the latest version of Acrobat.com and told you all about it here. We hope you’ve read up on what’s new with Acrobat.com and perhaps already given the newest version a whirl. However, you still may not be familiar with how Acrobat and Acrobat.com can work together.

Check out this post from Dave Stromfeld on the Acrobat product management team blog to learn about how Acrobat and Acrobat.com work together to streamline forms processes and document reviews, among other things. Dave also includes pointers to other posts and video tutorials on the subject.

If you’re interested in what the Acrobat team is up to, follow some of the team members on twitter: @acro_dave, @acroboy, @acrotips, @pdfsage.

Learning the OCRs of Acrobat

Optical character recognition (OCR). It may not be among the most well-known capabilities of Acrobat, but it’s certainly a powerful one. Need your PDF files to be searchable when they originated from paper or an already electronic “image” of a document? Check out the Acrobat product management team’s blog and this post from Aman Nagpal, Acrobat Product Manager, to learn how.

Introducing the new and improved Acrobat Connect Pro…

We here at Adobe are excited to announce the latest version of Acrobat Connect Pro to hit the market. Connect Pro 7.5, announced November 3rd, now allows organizations to improve their customer interactions through more collaborative meetings, training sessions, and Web seminars that increase real-time participation and bring people together when and where needed. Some enhancements include: the ability to integrate with any audio conferencing provider, increased webinar capacity that allows users to engage up to 80,000 participants in high-impact sessions that can incorporate rich media demonstrations, and more secure desktop sharing that offers increased control and enables regulation compliance.

To learn more about all that Acrobat Connect Pro has to offer, read the press release here. Your experience with online meetings and web seminars will never be the same again after you witness the new Acrobat Connect Pro 7.5!

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