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May 11, 2012

Which video format do you prefer?

To better meet the needs of our community, I’m experimenting with different video formats – some with voice; some with just pictures & words. Acrobat and Adobe Reader are available in over 25 languages and I want to ensure we can deliver the best experience for customers in the US and in the Ukraine. Take a look at the two versions below — each describes the same functionality in Acrobat X, just with a different focus. Video 1 has a voice over; Video 2 is text & graphics with no human voice. Please watch both then vote below for the style that you’d like to see in future content.

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January 25, 2012

Acrobat Friends in Central Florida – I’ll be in town!

I’ll be speaking at the InDesign User Group meeting in Winter Park on January 25. Details and registration are here:
I’ll be reviewing the materials from Adobe MAX 2011 – I Didn’t Know Acrobat Could Do That!

If you’re in the area – I would love to see you in person. I’m also bringing my video camera to see if I can capture some Acrobat fans on tape talking about how they use Acrobat and if Acrobat ever “saved the day”. If Jan 25 doesn’t work — I’ll be in Central Florida for the rest of the week.

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October 8, 2011

Acrobat X Productivity Calculator

According to a recent study published by Crimson Consulting, you can increase your productivity and save money when you use Adobe Acrobat X in day-to-day tasks like commenting on documents, creating fillable forms, or comparing two documents. Feel free to download the calculator (which includes 5 “what is this?” videos so it’s a bit large) and let me know what you think. Did you try it? Did you share your results with others in your organization? Were you surprised by the results? (Did you know this is an example of Flash running inside of a PDF document?)

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July 18, 2011

Adobe Acquires EchoSign

Two weeks ago I moved from one house to another. In the process of transferring my Time Warner Business Class internet service, I was instructed to electronically sign the new agreement using EchoSign’s technology. It was a very simple and smooth process.

And now today, this very cool technology is part of the Adobe family. For more information, take a look at the blog article by Kevin M. Lynch, the press release, or the FAQ.

Let me know if you’ve also experienced using the technology and stay tuned for updates.

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June 22, 2011

Acrobat Customer Stories wrapped up in an example of Adobe Dynamic PDF

So often when you see a customer success story, it’s represented as a static PDF document. There will be pictures, quotes and the text that describe how that organization uses Acrobat and PDF to solve a business challenge. I’m very excited that the latest version of our customer success document is a great example of a Dynamic PDF file. It now contains videos, links to customer examples, and the full success story. Take a look and let me know what you think.

UPDATE: Additionally, Adobe has started using this technique in the stand-alone customer success stories, like this one. If you would like to learn how to use InDesign to create a similar document for your organization, Acrobat technical evangelist Joel Geraci has outlined the process we’re using at Adobe.

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February 22, 2011

Calling all Acrobat fans!

On Thursday, Feb 25, Ali Hanyaloglu and I will be in Canandaigua, NY recording video for Adobe TV and I extend an open invitation to our Acrobat community – if you’re in Upstate NY on Thursday and would like to sit down with us to talk about why you love Acrobat – drop me a line.

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February 14, 2011

Happy Birthday

Today – February 14, 2011 is the 5 year anniversary of the launch of I’ve had the pleasure to be involved in the community since the inception – and blogged on it back then.

We’ve come a long way – the site today boasts 484 tutorials of which 235 are video tutorials; 17,421 forum topics and we had over 1.3M page views in 2010.

Thanks to everyone that helps keeps this community thriving!

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Announcing Adobe FormsCentral

Happy Valentine’s Day (for my readers in North America). Today Adobe launched a new service – Adobe FormsCentral. This is a great way to make online fillable forms.
On Wednesday, the AUC eSeminar of the month is Forms – I’ll be covering how to create and distribute Acrobat forms, and Rebecca Staley will give an overview demo of Adobe FormsCentral if you want to see it up close and personal.

Here’s some resources to learn more about the service:

  1. Acrobat Blog
  2. Blog
  3. tutorials: Getting Started
  4. video tutorials:
    Creating Forms using Adobe FormsCentral and Distributing Forms using Adobe FormsCentral
  5. Adobe TV content: A quick overview of the service; Insights from Todd Gerber and Varun Parmar.
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December 1, 2010

Lights… Camera… Actions Exchange!

I’m happy to announce that has a new service – Actions Exchange. This is a great place to download actions created by others, or, upload one you’ve created. And, there are links to teach you how to create and use Actions. Please take a look and let me know what you think.

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November 24, 2010

Acrobat X Suite is now available!

Happy “day before US Thanksgiving”

I just wanted to let you know that all of the Acrobat X products – Adobe Reader X, Acrobat X Standard, Acrobat X Pro, and Acrobat X Suite – are available in English, French, German and Japanese as of today.

Acrobat X Suite includes Acrobat X Pro, Photoshop CS5, Captivate 5, Presenter 7, Adobe Media Encoder CS5, and LiveCycle Designer ES2.

Interested in testing out Adobe’s newest Suite? – There’s a trial version available.

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