Adobe recently made available a collection of online services for
file storage and sharing, collaborative document authoring, and web conferencing. Best of all, anyone can sign up for a free account at www.acrobat.com!
Once you create an Acrobat.com account you can easily upload a wide variety of files to include Microsoft Office documents and presentations, PDF files and portfolios, images, and ZIP files. Your account allows up to 5GB of online storage which you can easily access from any internet-connected computer.
Acrobat.com provides a better way for sharing your files. Select content stored on your account and share a link instead of emailing large file attachments. You can define access to your online files as private, for specific recipients, or available to anyone with the link. Recipients can preview the files and download when needed.
This new online word processor is creating quite a buzz! You get all the functionality of a desktop application with the added advantage of creating and storing your documents online. As an author you can invite others to join you as a co-author or reviewer. Each contributor’s changes are saved into document history and you can revert to a previous version anytime. When you are finished with your document you can export and share as a TXT, RTF, Microsoft Word, Adobe PDF, Open Office, or HTML file.
Communicate and collaborate with up to two other particpants using your own personal online meeting room. You can be as interactive and productive as an in-person meeting using screen sharing, whiteboard overlays, notes, text chat, audio, video, and file sharing. You can even take control of a participant’s desktop with their permission. This is a great solution for impromptu meetings, student tutoring, and parent/faculty sessions.
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Acrobat.com provides many exciting ways for faculty, students, and parents to share, create, and collaborate. Since the services are online the constraints of time, location, and travel are mitigated. Feel free to share your experiences and best practices by adding comments to this article – we value your feedback!