Story update now available—May 2013

We’ve just pushed live another exciting update to Adobe Story. This release takes collaborative script authoring to the next level. Coauthors and reviewers can now insert sticky notes into a script. They can also drag a sticky note to any location within the script. Cool, isn’t it?

We’ve also added numerous other features to simplify and streamline your workflows:

  • The Sync Schedule dialog now lists changes only for the properties that you’ve chosen to view.
  • You can edit tags that you created.
  • You can export the resource conflict results between two schedules as HTML (.htm). You can then open the exported results in word processing tools, such as Microsoft Word.
  • User interactions for several dialog boxes have been simplified:
    • Manage Scene Numbers
    • Manage Dialog Numbers
    • Manage Camera Shot Numbers
    • Manage Scene Durations
    • You can export project data (lists, scene properties, and schedules) as XML.
    • While working with schedules, you can choose a font size—small, medium, or large.
    • Layout improvements while printing schedules.
    • You can choose whether you want to display Revision Start Date or Last Modified Date in the header and footer for production revisions.
    • You can see a list of users with whom a project is shared. Invitees who haven’t yet accepted a share request are listed as well.
  • When you click the word count in the status bar, you can view the dialog word count in the current script.
  • Several critical bugs have been fixed in this release.

New release of Adobe Story now available…

The February 2013 release of Adobe Story is now available. This major update lets you do the following and much more:

  • You can now manage camera shot numbers just like you’d manage dialog numbers.
  • While creating or comparing schedules, Story defaults to the last project opened.
  • While editing lists, clicking the blue cross opens the relevant list for user validation instead of directly adding the characters/sets.
  • Improvements related to headers and footers in reports
  • You can now choose to initialize dialog numbers for new scenes.
  • You can create customized scene-level tags in scripts. These tags are also reflected in schedules and relevant reports.
  • Scene headings and their count are displayed in the detailed running order report.
  • A new role called Writer is available for script writers. This role is designed to help manage permissions for freelance writers in particular.
  • The Irish TV screenplay template features several enhancements. For example, you can now edit the Story Day field in this template.
  • You can assign scene time to all scenes. Also, you can input the sunrise and sunset times in the same dialog.
  • You can create day-level camera cards.
  • You can see the Last Camera Info for the previous scene in the From box of the scene and the First Camera Info for the next scene in the To box of the scene.
  • You can now create Scene Breakdown reports from the script.
  • You can choose to print only the pages that have changed since Track Changes was enabled.
  • A news icon is now displayed next to the notifications icon on the Story home page. Important news bulletins published by the Story team are displayed in this area.
  • The Story landing page now gives you an option to join Adobe® Creative Cloud. Subscribing to Adobe Story Free gives you all the benefits of Creative Cloud free membership.
  • You can now view schedules in story order.
  • Critical bug fixes

You can review the updated documentation at this URL. For the latest news and information related to Story, follow the Adobe Story team blog.

What’s new in Cloud Manager 1.1

Adobe has just released Cloud Manager 1.1, an enhanced version of the SaaS offering that enables reduced time and costs for provisioning, managing, and metering Web Experience Management (WEM) solutions for digital marketing initiatives. This new version rolls out the following major enhancements:

  • Rackspace support: In addition to Amazon EC2, Cloud Manager 1.1 now supports Rackspace Cloud Hosting.
  • Enhanced cloud deletion: You can now delete CQ clouds even if they have online backups. You can also remove failed or inconsistent clouds from the Clouds dashboard.
  • Numerous other bug fixes and improvements…

For more information about using Cloud Manager, refer to the documentation. If you have a question, post it on Adobe forums.

Adobe LiveCycle ES3 is here!

Adobe has just announced the release of LiveCycle ES3. Dave Welch, Senior Director – LiveCycle, writes about the new release on the Adobe LiveCycle Blog:

LiveCycle ES3 contains the document and data services capabilities, including electronic forms and business processes, which were formerly part of the Adobe Digital Enterprise Platform (ADEP), a brand that is being retired.

The new LiveCycle ES3 release incorporates:

  • Document services capabilities available with ADEP and the recent ADEP Document Services service pack 1
  • LiveCycle Data Services 4.6.1
  • Updates to LiveCycle Connectors for Microsoft® SharePoint® and IBM® FileNet

LiveCycle offers a number of components that help extend the value of existing back-end systems by better engaging users, streamlining processes, managing correspondence, and strengthening security. These components are:

  • Modules: Reader Extensions, Forms, Output, Digital Signatures, Rights Management, Process Management, PDF Generation
  • Tools: Workbench, Designer
  • Solutions: Correspondence Management
  • ECM Connectors: SharePoint, IBM Filenet, Documentum, IBM CM
  • Advanced Offerings: Data Services

The FAQ capturing more details about LiveCycle ES3 and ADEP is here.

Adobe LeanPrint is here!

Adobe has just released LeanPrint, an enterprise-class, software-only printing solution that dramatically reduces printing costs by using an innovative method to redo the layout of documents while printing from popular applications and browsers.

Adobe LeanPrint also lets you track print jobs and costs, and analyze paper and toner savings arising from LeanPrint usage at the document, user, and organization levels.

Here’s an excerpt from an Adobe blog post:

Adobe LeanPrint is printing software that reduces costs by implementing patent-pending technologies from Adobe that automatically fine-tune formatting, colors and layout regardless of the printing device — inkjet or laser, personal or networked printer. LeanPrint provides plug-ins to common desktop applications such as Adobe Acrobat®, Adobe Reader®, Microsoft® Excel®, Microsoft Word and common browsers that typically account for the majority of printing in the enterprise and home. LeanPrint allows final output to be shown before the user sends the document to the printer ensuring visual assurance of a streamlined execution.

While other solutions aim to reduce the environmental impact by setting printing quotas or routing to a specific printer, LeanPrint takes a different approach by using less pages in Super Saver mode and providing a Toner Saver option to create smarter, less toner-heavy prints. With LeanPrint software, customers can easily choose settings to obtain a clear picture of the savings for each print job within the print preview and quantify the amount of paper and toner being used. With My Savings, savings achieved over days, months and years from within LeanPrint can be conveniently monitored and tracked, providing an incentive to save.

Some useful resources

Technical Communication Suite 3 is here!

Technical Communication Suite 3 has now gone live!

Some of the new features include:

  • Robust single sourcing and publishing to multiple devices including ePub from both FrameMaker and RoboHelp environments (TCS special versions).
  • Seamless review and collaboration.
  • Improved cross-product integration.
  • Complete suite supports scripting, thus strengthening automation workflows.
  • Improved search capability in the outputs.
  • Ability to directly link DITA files.
  • Rich multi-media support
  • And More…

For updates and helpful information, stay tuned to this blog! Visit the product page here on Adobe.com.

LiveCycle ES2 is out!

If you haven’t caught the news already, LiveCycle ES2 is out! This is a major release of the software suite that enables enterprises to improve productivity through intuitive applications and efficient processes. I spent the better part of my time over the past eight months documenting it.

Catch the Adobe press release here.

LiveCycle ES2 now integrates more tightly with the Flash Platform and PDF technologies. This enables enterprise developers to create user-centric applications that contrast with the more traditional, unwieldy system-centric applications users have had to tolerate. New Adobe application modeling technology brings higher productivity to Adobe® Flex® and LiveCycle developers and allows them to more efficiently write applications by reducing the amount of code and simplifying data and service integration. Also, a new LiveCycle ES2 plug-in for Adobe® Flash® Builder™ 4 beta lets developers more seamlessly embed LiveCycle ES2 technologies into any Flex based application. Furthermore, the new Adobe® LiveCycle® Collaboration Service (formerly Adobe Flash Collaboration Service), a hosted service, provides developers and enterprises with a scalable solution to easily build real-time, multi-user collaboration into existing or new RIAs. The powerful and flexible framework accelerates the development and deployment of user-centric applications by enterprise developers.
If you’re looking for documentation resources that could help you get started, visit these links:

A valuable addition to the LiveCycle documentation set this time is the troubleshooting guide. Read it here.