Archive for November, 2009

Support for Windows 7 and Snow Leopard

A quick one from your pals at the Adobe Education Technologies blog. . .

If you are wondering about our support for the two new major OS releases in the last month or two, Snow Leopard and Windows 7, wonder no more. Follow this link and get the direct scoop from out support teams: Link to the OS compatibility chart

Adobe Acrobat Connect Pro and PDF: Happy Together!

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Connect Pro  Loves  Acrobat / PDF

In case you haven’t heard there is a new version of Adobe Acrobat Connect Pro. "Connect" is a cornerstone of Adobe’s K-12 and higher education solutions for web conferencing, online collaboration, and e-learning. Previously, in a meeting room Share pod you were able to upload and deliver SWF, JPEG, MP3, FLV, and PPT content. Support for PPTX (Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 and later) was spotty and if you wanted to share other types of files – say a Word document or a PDF file – you had to share your desktop.

Good news! The current version of "Connect" supports both PPTX and PDF in a Share pod. Since you can convert pretty much any file type to PDF, you can now upload and share it live or make it available on-demand in a meeting room. When you share a PDF you can flip though multiple pages, zoom in/out, move around within a magnified document, rotate, and even initiate a Whiteboard session using the file as a backdrop.

Every navigation option you choose within the shared PDF will be synchronized on attendees’ screens. What’s even better is that you can "unsynch" the file and attendees can interact with it independently on their computers. They even have the option to download the PDF locally to their computer. One last thing – the PDF files you share will not only maintain visual fidelity, but also preserve any web hyperlinks that were added.

Education Quarterly # 16 is out now!

Grab the newest edition of the Education Quarterly right here from the Adobe Education Technologies blog! Inside, you’ll find showcases, contest winners, ideas, tips, and tricks. You can download it here (link to download the PDF file), or find out more online (link to the Asia-Pacific Edu website).

Lightroom 3 is in Beta and available for you to try

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We here at the Adobe Education Technologies blog like to think of ourselves as amateur photographers (except for Rick—who is a real photographer, but the rest of us try to keep up). We are all VERY excited bout the next release of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom—version 3 BETA, and you can see it yourself on Adobe labs: (link to the Labs Lightroom 3 BETA site)

Some of the new features included for you to play with in the Lightroom 3 beta are:

  • Brand new performance architecture, building for the future of growing image libraries
  • State-of-the-art noise reduction to help you perfect your high ISO shots
  • Watermarking tool that helps you customize and protect your images with ease
  • Portable sharable slide shows—with audio—designed to give you more flexibility and impact on how you choose to share your images, you can now save and export your slide shows as videos and include audio
  • Flexible customizable print package creation so your print package layouts are all your own
  • Film grain simulation tool for enhancing your images to look as gritty as you want
  • New import handling designed to make importing streamlined and easy
  • More flexible online publishing options so you can post your images online to certain online photo sharing sites directly from inside Lightroom 3 beta

Read on for more resources and information about the next release of one of our Adobe favorites:

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