Archive for June, 2009

6/22/09 Weekly Wrapup: @rjacquez on Twitter

 

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By RJ Jacquez. Follow him on Twitter in English @rjacquez and in Spanish @rjacquezEspanol, for real-time announcements, tips & tricks, how-to tutorials, Did You Know’s, best practices, Adobe-branded giveaways and more.

This week I’m starting a new “featured tweet of the week” category, where I will highlight a very short list of tweets, which garnered the most attention for that week. For example, the link in this tweet was clicked over 600 times within minutes. To automatically ReTweet it from your Twitter account, click the RT icon below, which includes pre-populated data.

Featured Tweet of the Week (click to Retweet)

  • With 200 Million installations of Adobe AIR, I’m hoping more RoboHelp 8 users create AIR-based Help. Here’s a how-to: http://bit.ly/EvH1b

News, Announcements, Tutorials and Questions:

Useful Resources and Reviews:

FAQs, Tips and Tricks, Did You Know:

Compelling ReTweets (RTs) and @replies:

Personal Observations

  • There’s an update to the Times Reader, AIR app, 2.051. Launch app and click update.8:54 AM Jun 23rd from TweetDeck
  • @mashable What is the difference between adding a “mashable” column to TweetDeck and installing MashDeck? Are there other benefits?9:10 AM Jun 25th from TweetDeck
  • Wondering if TweetDeck has considered monetizing on client by selling versions with Twitter username(s) column(s) built-in, a la MashDeck?1:34 PM Jun 25th from TweetDeck
  • Would you pay for a custom #TweetDeck app that had a column with your Twitter username by default and logo branding? I would!1:42 PM Jun 25th from TweetDeck

 

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Embedding PDFs in Blogs via Acrobat.com

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Now that Acrobat.com has moved out of beta and into full production with two new Premium subscription services, I want to take this opportunity to highlight the ability to embed PDF files in a Blog, using Acrobat.com’s “Copy Embed Code” feature, as illustrated below with the embedded PDF:

For my Blog, I use Adobe Contribute CS4 and here’s a short Adobe Captivate 4 how-to movie on how I embedded the above PDF in this post:

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6/15/09 Weekly Wrapup: @rjacquez on Twitter

 

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By RJ Jacquez. Follow him on Twitter in English @rjacquez and in Spanish @rjacquezEspanol, for real-time announcements, tips & tricks, how-to tutorials, Did You Know’s, best practices, Adobe-branded giveaways and more.

News, Announcements, Tutorials and Reviews:

Useful Resources:

FAQs, Tips and Tricks, Did You Know:

Compelling ReTweets (RTs) and @replies:

Personal Observations

 

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Acrobat.com Moves out of Beta with Free and Paid Subscription Offerings

 

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A year ago, we introduced the public beta of Acrobat.com, a set of 5 free web services, namely Adobe Buzzword, an online Word Processor for writing and collaborating on documents, anywhere, anytime; Adobe ConnectNow, which allows you to meet live over the web and share your screen with anyone; Create PDF, for converting up to 5 files to Adobe PDF online; Adobe Share, for sending files to others via a URL, for easy access while you maintain control; and My Files, for storing your files in the cloud, for easy access from anywhere.

A year later, 5 million people have signed up to use the innovative service, with approximately 100,000 people signing up each week.

Today Acrobat.com is moving out of public Beta and into full production with two new Premium subscription services that address the intense collaboration needs of business people, enabling them to be more productive by bringing them to documents to work together in real-time, rather than sending attachments to inboxes and invitations to calendars.

Before I describe the two new Premium subscription services, I want to report that the free service will continue to offer Adobe® Buzzword® online word processing, ConnectNow Web meeting capacity for up to three participants, and online creation of up to five PDF files, plus the ability to store up to 5GB of files on My Files.

The Premium Basic service includes Adobe ConnectNow Web meeting capacity for up to five participants and online conversion of 10 uploaded documents to PDF per month. The Premium Basic subscription is available for US $14.99/month, or US $149/year.

The Premium Plus service includes ConnectNow Web meeting capacity for up to 20 participants and unlimited online creation of PDF files. The Premium Plus subscription is available for US $39/month, or US $390/year.

Until July 16, 2009, Adobe is offering US $15 off the Premium Basic annual plan, and US $50 off the Premium Plus annual plan. Initially, both subscriptions are available from the Adobe.com online store in North America only.

Both Premium offerings include Adobe phone and Web support programs.

Announcing the Preview release of Acrobat.com Tables

Furthermore, we are also announcing the preview release of Acrobat.com Tables, a spreadsheet-like application that is available immediately for free sign-up as a public beta, joining the Acrobat.com Presentations application on Acrobat.com Labs. Acrobat.com Tables provides people with a new way to work with others on data-intensive documents – such as task lists, schedules, contacts, budgets and sales numbers – that are typically created and shared in spreadsheets or simple databases. People can easily work with others on the same table at the same time, without the worry of version control or e-mailing spreadsheets back and forth. Because the table lives online, people can access and work on the data from any Internet-connected computer, regardless of where they are located.

Acrobat.com Integration in eLearning Suite and Tech Comm Suite:

Having said that, we have already implemented Acrobat.com into many Adobe applications. Here’s a short Adobe Captivate movie on how we have integrated Acrobat.com ConnectNow into applications in both the eLearning Suite and Technical Communication Suite:

In addition to Acrobat.com ConnectNow, FrameMaker 9 and Acrobat 9 Pro Extended, in the Technical Communication Suite, leverage Acrobat.com for conducting PDF Shared Reviews, where Reviewers only need the free Adobe Reader 9 to provide comments. Aggregated comments can then be imported back into FrameMaker 9, all without IT resources, or dedicated expensive servers. More on this functionality in a future post.

Acrobat.com useful Resources:

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6/08/09 Weekly Wrapup: @rjacquez on Twitter

 

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By RJ Jacquez. Follow him on Twitter in English @rjacquez and in Spanish @rjacquezEspanol, for real-time announcements, tips & tricks, how-to tutorials, Did You Know’s, Adobe-branded giveaways and more.

News, Announcements, Tutorials and Reviews:

Useful Resources:

FAQs, Tips and Tricks, Did You Know:

  • [Did You Know] Since Jan’09 RoboHelp 8 supports DITA. Ideal for Publishing DITAMaps to all formats in RoboHelp, including AIR Helpabout 3 hours ago from TweetDeck
  • [Adobe Captivate Tip] In Edit View, click anywhere on a slide, then use the Tab key to cycle (select) through all objects on Slide10 minutes ago from TweetDeck
  • [#Captivate Tip] To paste an object on all slides, copy it; in Storyboard view, select All and Paste. Credit @rickzanotti12:41 PM Jun 11th from TweetDeck
  • If you want to add Live 3D models in Technical Docs, here’s an example PDF from FrameMaker 9, http://bit.ly/17y2fO2:19 PM Jun 11th from TweetDeck
  • For prev tweet: Free Reader 9 req. Click 3D model on page 1 to activate. Use mouse to navigate, scroll to zoom, play btn to disassemble2:23 PM Jun 11th from TweetDeck
  • .@aprilh1974 Great question. Here are two system variables you can use in Captivate 4: $$cpInfoCurrentSlide$$ of $$rdinfoSlideCount$$9:48 AM Jun 12th from TweetDeck
  • [Adobe FrameMaker 9 Tip] To exit out of Full Screen, right-click anywhere outside the main text frame and select “Toggle Screen Mode”11:59 AM Jun 13th from TweetDeck
  • [FAQ] Why Flash (swf) over Video (avi) in #eLearning? Videos=Passive. Flash=Interactivity, Quizzes, Branching, Soft-Skills Trainingabout 23 hours ago from TweetDeck

Compelling ReTweets (RTs):

Personal Observations

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6/01/09 Weekly Wrapup: @rjacquez on Twitter

By RJ Jacquez. Follow him on Twitter in English @rjacquez and in Spanish @rjacquezEspanol, for real-time announcements, tips & tricks, how-to tutorials, Adobe-branded giveaways (including software at 1K followers) and more.

 

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Last week was an exciting week with many announcements coming from our Adobe Labs. Specifically, Flash Catalyst and Adobe BrowserLab, and even though I don’t work directly on these products, I’m always asking myself how technologies like these can apply to eLearning and Technical Communication. Today for example, all applications in both eLearning suite and Tech Comm Suite, have real-time screen sharing via ConnectNow from Acrobat.com and  in the Technical Communication Suite 2, FrameMaker 9 and Acrobat 9 Pro Extended take advantage of Acrobat.com services for conducting PDF reviews, which can then be imported back into FrameMaker.

Adobe Flash Catalyst has some obvious synergies in eLearning, and Adobe BrowserLab will most likely be integrated into Adobe RoboHelp for previewing both WebHelp and FlashHelp in multiple browsers and OSes.

News, Announcements and Giveaways:

Useful Resources:

FAQs, Tips and Tricks:

  • My Fav 3 fixes in Adobe Captivate 4 patch: 1)Audio Quality 2)USB mic on Vista 3)Insert Objects at playhead. Select Help>Updates10:41 AM Jun 1st from web
  • How we use Adobe Connect Pro internally to make a GREEN difference & have saved $10M in travel in 2 years, http://bit.ly/53Heu8:59 AM Jun 2nd from web
  • How does “BrowserLab” apply to Adobe eLearning Suite? There’s a Dreamweaver extension for exact rendering preview, http://bit.ly/EDACqabout 6 hours ago from TweetDeck
  • How does ‘BrowserLab’ apply to Online Help via Adobe RoboHelp? You can Preview WebHelp or FlashHelp in multiple browsers and OSesabout 6 hours ago from TweetDeck
  • A question I often get when demo’ing Adobe Captivate 4 is whether it’s possible to generate a PDF. I will tweet a sample file next.3:27 PM Jun 5th from TweetDeck

Compelling ReTweets (RTs):

Personal Observations

  • Always thinking of how Adobe technologies apply to eLearning/TechComm & thus my interest in AIR, Acrobat.com and now Catalyst3:05 PM Jun 1st from web
  • Thinking about how difficult it is to keep track of so many groups online, wonder why can’t everyone just be on Twitter and be done with it7:35 PM Jun 2nd from TweetDeck
  • Watching FlashCamp’s Keynote by Kevin. Says 200 Million AIR installs, thanks in part to Twitter clients, http://bit.ly/146CaX9:01 AM Jun 1st from web
  • Working on this week’s video tutorial: “Converting Ms Word documents to Structured FrameMaker.” Once ready, I will tweet link.9:25 AM Jun 2nd from web
  • Thinking about when email clients and presentation tools will auto-hyperlink @ Twitter usernames, similarly to www and mailto6:58 PM Jun 3rd from TweetDeck
  • In Web 2.0 people are watching more videos than ever, thus Tech Docs should be supplemented w/videos, demos and simulations9:57 AM Jun 6th from TweetDeck
  • Adobe RoboHelp 8 has a new scripting language, useful for when linking FrameMaker. Will share script for caution/note paragraphs1:56 PM Jun 6th from TweetDeck
  • Thanks to everyone who answered by inquiry about RosettaStone! I just bought all 3 levels of Français26 minutes ago from TweetDeck

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Adobe Announcements wrapup: @rjacquez on Twitter

By RJ Jacquez. Follow him on Twitter in English @rjacquez and in Spanish @rjacquezEspanol

 

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I would normally wait until Sunday to post a wrapup of key tweets in my Twitter timeline, but thus far, this week has been a week of exciting Adobe announcements, so in case you missed any of them, here you go:

Adobe Captivate 4 Patch:

  • [Adobe Captivate 4 News] Fix now available for Audio, USB microphone on Vista and more! Select Help > Updates to download.8:08 AM May 29th from web
  • My Fav 3 fixes in Adobe Captivate 4 patch: 1)Audio Quality 2)USB mic on Vista 3)Insert Objects at playhead. Select Help>Updates10:41 AM Jun 1st from web

Adobe Flash Catalyst:

Adobe Presentations:

Adobe BrowserLab:

  • [Adobe News] Today we announced ‘BrowserLab’ an innovative exact rendering of web pages in multiple browsers and operating systems!about 6 hours ago from TweetDeck
  • How does “BrowserLab” apply to Adobe eLearning Suite? There’s a Dreamweaver extension for exact rendering preview, http://bit.ly/EDACqabout 6 hours ago from TweetDeck
  • How does ‘BrowserLab’ apply to Online Help via Adobe RoboHelp? You can Preview WebHelp or FlashHelp in multiple browsers and OSesabout 6 hours ago from TweetDeck

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