June 2007 Archives

Microsoft does PDF?


People have been asking me... Why do we need Acrobat now Microsoft does PDF?
Do you have any other applications other than Office 2007?
Do you want to read PDFs?
Do you want to combine files together?
Collaborating on documents?
Working with people outside your organisation?
Electronic forms of interest?
PDF/A - wanna archive?..... you get the point, I could go on but.....

Thanks to Dwight for reminding me, Microsoft Office 2007 supports creating PDF/A-1b files.

Come on Timmy! (2)

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Yes, I know, he lost......... again!

Come on Timmy!

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So, it's that time of the year when middle aged English women dress in Union Jacks and shout "Come on Tim!"

I just thought I'd join in, well not the dress part, just the shouting.

So, I ran a webinar yeaterday using Acrobat Connect Professional. The subject was Acrobat in the Education space and the delegates were all impresed by just how simple the e-conference environment was to use. I ran full screen screen-sharing, passed control of my laptop to a chap who had a Mac and held a couple of online polls. The results of those polls?

1. Yes, Acrobat eForms would be useful in Faculty and outside for ad-hoc information gathering
2. Yes, I look better on a webcam than in person.

It seems I have the perfect face for Radio..... I'll see if I can dig out a pic and let you decide.

There's a whole lot in it!

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I am often asked why the Acrobat application is so large, in fact I get the same question about the Reader application too. I wonder if people think programmers are getting sloppy and aplication software is needlessly large these days. I do recall learning to write assembly language (yes, I'm THAT old) and being told to save every byte.

The simple truth about Acrobat is that it must meet the requirements of very large and disparate user community. Everyone from Architects, Lawyers, Educators, Engineers, Marketeers, Musketeers (nope), Governments, Creatives and individuals, all use Acrobat for differing tasks and jobs.

As a result, when Adobe makes an upgrade, we add a whole lot of functionality improvements. The perception issue we have is that each individual might only notice a small percentage of those in their daily lives, depending on the parts of the product they use. Believe me though, the changes we make and features we add are driven by customer demand.

Modus Operandi

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So, let's not pretend I spout Latin all the time like some Lorem Ipsum site. Anyway, between rescuing kittens from trees and righting the misconceptions about Acrobat that are out there, how do I plan to maintain this blog? Well, a little and often will be the plan, having said that, I'm away from work for an extended weekend starting on Thursday so my introduction to blogging will be short... Now, where's that ladder?

So, a pretty good seminar in London, at the Gloucester Millenium hotel. Around 200 people attended to see and hour and a half scenario based presentation of Acrobat.

We normally finish with around 20 minutes of questions from the audience, today's most popular subject: Redaction.

What's that? Well, it's the permanent removal of sensitive information from a document, it's achieved easily in Acrobat 8 Professional... just open a document....

Then Choose View > Toolbars > Redaction.
1. Select the Mark For Redaction tool .
2. Mark items you want to remove by doing any of the following:
a. Double-click to select a word or image.
b. Press Ctrl/Control as you drag to select a line, a block of text, an object, or an area.
Use this method to select areas of a page in a scanned document.
3. To preview how your redaction marks will look, hold the pointer over the marked area.
4. To redact the marked items, click Apply Redactions in the Redaction toolbar.
5. Click OK to remove the items. The items aren’t permanently removed from the document until you save it.

I would then save the file via "Save As" and rename the new version, so that you still have the original with the unredacted content.

It's really useful if you have to share documents but want to protect certain parts of the content.

Begin the begin


Day 1: Why am I so late to the blogging business?

So, I've finally started a Blog. Why? Well, in my role as the Business Development Manager for Adobe Acrobat, I've become a stranger to the Stockley Park office these past 8 months as I'm spending all my time at events or with customers. I thought it would be good for my friends and colleagues, maybe also those who know of my existence but wondered what I do, to see what I'm up to.

What I'll also try to do is to note down some of those Acrobat related things that I'm asked on a regular basis. It seems that certain events throw up different issues and questions.

I'll also try and make this a good read, I have no idea how that's going to turn out, I never kept much of a jornal as a lad so I have no idea if my writing stype is humourous or not.... let's see if my hits top 12 eh?