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Acrobat X is Here!

Acrobat Box imageThe New Acrobat X is finally here! What can it do for education?

Acrobat X has been re-tooled to provide easier access to tools and more powerful features that are just right for education. For more info, visit the Acrobat in Education Blog event


We here at the Adobe Education Technologies blog use this stuff all time. Attend tomorrow’s eSeminar to find out how you might:

Hear how can make you more collaborative from the visionary behind the product. Webinar: Wed, 6/24, 12-1 pm PDT

Meet Erik Larson the visionary leader behind We at Adobe have embraced because it makes us more competitive and just makes work more enjoyable. Erik will share how provides a fundamentally different and better way to work through stories and real-world examples. Come hear about the future of and the vision behind the product. This will be an interactive session; Bring your questions and thoughts.

Date: Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Time: 12-1pm PDT
Meeting URL:

No registration required. Just click on the URL above or enter it into your browser.
More details are on the blog:

Adobe Announces Major Update to

Adobe Announces Major Update to
Online Service Adds Subscription Offerings and Previews Spreadsheet Application; Company Articulates Vision for New Way to Work

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Adobe == Collaboration

There is a storm brewing, folks, and it isn’t going to just blow over. As fuel prices (here in the US anyway) start the uphill, summer climb, budgets for travel sink lower, and the amount of work we need to accomplish at very best stays the same, we need to figure out how to do our jobs while working with our colleagues around campus or around the globe. We here at the Adobe Education Technologies blog have been asked to do more of our work from home, and we love it! However, it is difficult to confer and present with colleagues because we often need to edit the presentation together, yet there is no way to justify the trip across the country to do so. When the economy turns around, among the strewn bits of jetsam that any storm leaves, we need to find a better ways to work corroboratively, pick them up, and use them make our work more efficient in any economy.

Adobe is noticing this along with everyone else—and we are doing something about it. The latest effort has me floored. It’s called Adobe Presentations and it’s a true software as a service (SaaS) product. If you have ever worked with PowerPoint or Keynote, then you will know what it does. However, it’s the “how-it-does-it” that has us floored. First off, you can give it a spin by going to the new labs site of Link to Adobe Presentations. Take a look at the Welcome presentation sample that you can use to get started (this a PDF exported from that presentation and uploaded to SHARE):

However, to understand how this will become a new port in the coming storm, read on.

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An Exciting New Way to Share and Collaborate


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!

My Files

Once you create an 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.

Share 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.

Adobe Buzzword

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.

Adobe ConnectNow

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.

Call to Action 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!


Best Regards,
Patrick Koster