February 2008 Archives

Acrobat Trainers

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Hmmmm, Acrobat trainers, now there's an idea for marketing to get their teeth into, I'd like some Adidas Superstar 2's please, with the Acrobat logo on.

Anyway, back in the real world, I'm referring to the time spent yesterday with our training partners, many of whom work with Acrobat. They spent a day with us at Stockley Park and I hope they enjoyed the news and product updates etc. It was really good to see some familiar faces.

Since there's not too much to cover that's new with Acrobat, I simply ran through some recent news, Leopard Support, the new Acrobat 3D update etc... I then looked at some new stuff on Adobe labs, in fact, I reckon you should have a look too...


Built on Adobe's Flash platform, Brio operates inside most popular web browsers, so you can start a meeting without worrying if others have a compatible system or the right software.

Brio beta allows you to:

* Host unlimited online meetings with up to 3 meeting participants.
* Interact with easy-to-use screen sharing, chat and whiteboards.
* Access your meeting instantly with a personalized, easy-to-remember URL.
* Distribute documents and files to meeting participants.
* Use integrated VoIP, teleconferencing and multi-point video.


Preview Adobe’s latest online offering codenamed "Share", a free web-based service that allows you to easily share, publish and organize your documents.

With Share you can:

* Send documents without email attachments.
* Access your documents from anywhere.
* View all the documents you have shared or received in one place.
* Post a link to your document on a wiki or blog.
* Embed a Flash® preview of your document on any website.
* Limit access to a document to a list of recipients.

I'm using both technologies at the moment, let me know what you think.

Acrobat and the Pirates

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Found this little gemon the wires over the weekend...

The Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA) released the list as part of their 2007 Anti-Piracy Year In Review report.

Two lists were of note in the report - the 10 most frequently pirated by companies and the Top 10 most frequently pirated on the Internet. The lists are as below:

2007 Software Titles Most Frequently Pirated By Companies
1. Symantec Norton Anti-Virus
2. Adobe Acrobat
3. Symantec PC Anywhere
4. Adobe PhotoShop
5. Autodesk AutoCAD
6. Adobe DreamWeaver
7. Roxio Easy CD/DVD Creator
8. Roxio Toast Titanium
9. Ipswitch WS_FTP
10. Nero Ultra Edition

2007 Software Titles Most Frequently Pirated on the Internet
1. McAfee VirusScan
2. Symantec Norton Anti-Virus
3. McAfee Internet Security Suite
4. Intuit TurboTax
5. Adobe Photoshop
6. Adobe Acrobat
7. Intuit Quicken Home and Business
8. Symantec Norton pcAnywhere
9. Symantec Norton Ghost
10. Adobe Creative Suite

The SIIA have been busy trying to protect consumers as well as prod businesses into ensuring they buy legal copies of software.

“As we continued to aggressively pursue those who illegally sell or distribute pirated software and content, we also increased our educational outreach efforts in 2007,” said Keith Kupferschmid, SIIA SVP of Intellectual Property Policy and Enforcement. “By balancing enforcement with education, SIIA was able to crack down on illegal software sales and help consumers avoid purchasing pirated software. We also made strides in helping legal, public relations and other professionals effectively do their jobs within current copyright law.”

SIIA’s Corporate Anti-Piracy program has been in operation for 20 years but of all 2007’s 427 reports of alleged corporate end-user piracy, SIIA found only 17% sufficiently reliable to pursue. Productivity software is a favourite target for pirates, which shows there is demand.

Acrobat 3D Version 8 update

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I’m happy to announce that we have just posted the Acrobat 3D Version 8 Update.

This free update provides support for more recent versions of CAD file formats for Adobe Acrobat 3D and the 3D Toolkit. See the table below for details of the CAD formats and versions supported with this update.

Please link to www.adobe.com/go/a3d_update to download this update. Please share this link with anyone that can benefit from this update.

This download includes translator updates for the following CAD file formats:

CAD Format Supported Versions
Autodesk Inventor Up to 2008
I-deas Up to 13
JT Up to 8.2
NX (Unigraphics) Up to NX5
OneSpace Designer Up to 2007
SolidWorks Up to 2008

Acrobat and SWF movies?

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Now, some of my friends say I'm "cunning like a fox".... or was that "as smart as a cardboard box"? Well, whatever, I know you've been wondering how to get great content into your Acrobat PDF files.... let me help... I have collueagues who are significantly smarter than a cardboard box and they'd love to help.


That's a great link to an article from the deveoper centre, enjoy.

OK, So I was away in Rome taking my gorgeous wife away for Valentines day. What could make the weekend even better? "A new release of Acrobat" I hear you say?.... Did you not read the post title?

So, Manchester United beat Arsenal 4-0 yup, 4..... Nil..... in the FA Cup.

The BBc said....
"Wayne Rooney delivered a virtuoso solo display as Manchester United outclassed Arsenal in the FA Cup fifth round."

This is what it looked like...


Acrobat 8.1.2 - Leopard Support

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Sorry it's later than I expected

Adobe Acrobat 8.1.2 Professional update - multiple languages
The Adobe® Acrobat® 8.1.2 Professional update addresses several known issues in Acrobat 8 Professional software. Adobe recommends that all Acrobat 8 Professional users apply this update.

Improvements in Acrobat 8.1.2 Professional include the following:
• Improved Mac OS X v1.5 (Leopard) support
• Resolution of several PDF forms-related issues
• Additional stability improvements

This multilingual update can be applied to Brazilian Portuguese, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Spanish, and Swedish versions of Acrobat 8 Professional. For more information, see the technical document describing the Acrobat 8.1.2 update in the Support Knowledgebase.

Please check the link here....


What have I been doing??!!

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Well? What have I been up to?

It's been a busy couple of weeks since I last posted and I'm sorry not to have kept on top of things, so lets work this one out in chronological order...

First I ran a seminar to a couple of architectural practises in the midlands. It's still good to see that people appreciate the power of Acrobat when it comes to capturing 3D and 2D drawings and models, then enabling those drawings to be shared for collaboration purposes. It's also still a bit of a shame that more people are not aware of this capability, I must try harder to evangelise on this area.

From there we went into trade show mode, to add to the 4 days at the BETT education conference in early January, I spent a couple of days at the eLearning Technology event at Olympia. This was a surprisingly busy event, the Adobe stand was typically 7-8 people deep, spilling out into the aisles.... I should apologise to our neighbouring stands for spoiling the traffic throughput to their areas....meh, maye not!

I was surprised with how many organisations are big Adobe Captivate and Adobe Presenter users. Check out this link for more information on Adobe presenter, it's the easiest way to take Powerpoint presentations and easily turn them into interactive eLearning content.


Adobe Connect is then the simplest way to deliver this content to a widely dispersed audience and track their performance.

The FA Cup draw was cruel, giving man United a tough draw with Arsenal, no doubt the winner of that match looking lik the favourite for the cup!

From the eLearning show we went straight to a weekend kick-off for one of our resellers, where despite not having the biggest stand or the best Freebies, we were inundated by sales staff wanting to work out how to work with us more closely, nice one chaps. We made a load of great contacts, gave away a little software, and in the break, I discovered that I'm quite the Wii Tennis player on the sly.

Oh yes, the England lost to Wales, in a stunning display of shotgun-to-the-foot syndrome.....

What happened next? Oh yes, straight from there to New York for some training on Adobe Acrobat Connect Professional, it's a breeze to type that name (in-joke!) I'm now really getting to grips with the product and am going to end up as rabidly enthusiastic about it as I am Acrobat.

Walking to and from the training every day mean't I passed the scene of New York Fashion week, all I can comment on that is that I saw no models or paparazzi in the mornings, clearly this is an afternoon/evening type of job, one that my chisled/wisened/haggard good looks could handle at a canter. If only Adobe didn't need me so badly, oh well, maybe next life.

So it was back to blighty (thanks Silverjet) for a bit of jetlag and the Manchester derby, remembering 50 years ago how the Munich air disaster tragically ripped the heart out of the Busby babes. Sadly, City beat a lacklustre United side 2-1.........

I'm now planning for a team meeting this week and am about to start following up on all the leads and contacts that were generated by the mad rush at the end of January. I may have to buy a phone headset and go dialling for dollars.