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A Short Update on the World of Adobe Acrobat

Wow, is it really the middle of May already? What happened to the time? I am sorry for not getting the opportunity to post anything over the last few weeks. What with spring vacations with the family, taking advantage of any nice day there is to get the garden in shape, the excitement over the new Star Trek movie, and lots of Acrobat-related projects that I have been working on, it has been hard to pay attention to you all. So please do accept my apologies.

While I was working on those other things, there have been some interesting developments in Acrobat-land:

  • The Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Reader 9.1.1, 8.1.5 and 7.1.2 updates were released last week to address security vulnerabilities. If you have not done so already, it would be well worth subscribing to the Adobe Product Security Incident Response Team (PSIRT) and Adobe Secure Software Engineering Team (ASSET) blogs to stay up-to-date.
  • Acrobat won a 2009 CODiE Award! The SIIA gave Acrobat 9 Pro Extended the award for Best Multi-Media Solution. What an honor! Our friends on the Acrobat.com, Creative Suite 4, LiveCycle and Captivate teams also won CODiE’s. How cool is that?
  • Amazon released the larger format Kindle DX. There is plenty of coverage of the eBook reading device already, and I do not have one (yet) to provide any comments, but the interesting news from Adobe’s perspective is that Amazon (amongst others) is using the Adobe Reader Mobile SDK for built-in PDF viewing. Bill McCoy, who heads up Adobe’s ePublishing Business wrote an article on this.
  • Layers Magazine published their Fourth Annual Layers 100 Wicked Tips for all Adobe Creative Suite 4 applications. Lori DeFurio and I contributed 10 short tips on Acrobat 9 Pro for you to check out: they are about 1/3 of the way down (I wish the site authors had placed anchors, oh well). The other product tips are pretty good too.
  • Speaking of Lori, her new show on Adobe TV called “Lori’s Corner” was launched last week. Her first show has been posted, with her first very special guest: ME! Check it out, and let Lori (or me) know what you think. All I will say for now is, yes, we had considered wearing smoking jackets and holding brandy glasses, but Adobe legal would not allow it (just kidding). Enjoy!

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