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Multimedia Operations in Acrobat 9

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If you’ve ever run into a situation where you’ve embedded a large audio file in a PDF file using Acrobat 9 and the multimedia_play operation fails to actually start playing the audio, a simple JavaScript can get your speakers blasting tunes in no time.

Protecting Adobe Presenter Output with Acrobat

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I had an interesting conversation with a potential customer recently. They use Adobe Presenter to create eLearning materials and wanted to be able to easily secure the content so that their students wouldn’t be able to save the content locally… emphasis on “easily”. After discussing the various DRM solutions, I hit on something that ends up being really simple and effective. Just export the Presenter output to PDF and password protect that. Simple right? Not quite. It ends up that they also wanted to be able to update the content at any time and also only allow viewing the file while online. As it ends up, Acrobat and PDF are still a great solution.

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JavaScript support is one of Acrobat’s and Adobe Reader’s most powerful features, and Adobe provides several controls that enable tuning application behavior so that JavaScript (JS) executes within your desired level of security. The mitigation for the recent Security Advisory discusses the JavaScript Blacklist Framework.

Acrobat.com Updated

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If you haven’t logged into your Acrobat.com account in a few days you’re in for a real treat. The user interface has been through a major overhaul so all the various applications work far more smoothly. Here’s a brief list of the major improvements.

  • Single file organization system with Collections (think Playlists)
  • All applications are in the same interface
  • Updates to each core service
  • New architecture for improved performance and scalability
  • 35 customers suggested feature improvements from ideas.acrobat.com

 

So – Why talk about Acrobat.com in my developer blog? Keep reading…

Fonts

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Normally I wouldn’t post something like this but being an Adobe employee, fonts are a passion of mine. “To The Best of Our Knowledge” from Wisconsin Public Radio is one of my favorite podcasts and this week they did an episode all about fonts. Even if you’re not a font geek like me you’ll find this program interesting and funny.

 

Ian Campbell’s Presentation from MAX 2009

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Several people asked me for a copy of Ian’s presentation from MAX 2009. The session has been recorded but not posted yet. However, Ali Hanyaloglu recorded a similar presentation for AcrobatUsers.com. The best part is, even though it’s not Ian speaking, you still get to hear the presentation in a British accent.

Leonard Rosenthol’s Presentation from MAX 2009

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Several people asked me for a copy of Leonard’s presentation from MAX 2009. The session has been recorded but not posted yet so for now, you can look at the PDF file.

MAX Online

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Adobe MAX 2009 starts this weekend and we want to make sure that everyone can participant in this year’s event. Check out MAX Online — where people from anywhere in the world can join in the excitement of MAX.

World’s Best Presentation Contest

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One of the ways that I’ve been using PDF Portfolios in my own work is to combine recordings of my presentations with all of the supplementary documentation that I refer to throughout the presentation into a single PDF file. Take a look at my Enterprise Deployment Portfolio as an example.

Episode 3 of “Lori’s Corner” featuring…. Me!

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If you haven’t been keeping up with Lori DeFurio on Adobe TV, you should… and not just because I’m featured in Episode 3. There’s other great content up there as well.