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October 18, 2010

Acrobat X Has Cleared The Tower

Unless you slept in this morning, you would have seen that Adobe Acrobat X (not ‘ex’, ‘ten’), Adobe Reader X, Adobe SendNow and Adobe CreatePDF were launched today. My friends and colleagues on the Acrobat Solutions team are really excited, even after a long night watching the web sites and blogs and videos and Twitter feeds and [insert your favorite way to get news here] all go live.

So what’s new and improved when it comes to document collaboration with Acrobat X? I’m glad you asked. Here’s a little teaser:

  • Nice, seamless integration with Microsoft SharePoint (2007 and 2010) for checking-in and checking-out PDF files, including adding versioning information and document library properties.
  • A new Comments pane, that bring together into a single place all the comment and markup tools, the tools for starting and managing a review and the Comments list.
  • The Comments list has a quick search filter: start typing some text, and only those comments that have that text will be shown in the list and in the document. [I love that capability]
  • Adobe Reader X now has the sticky note and highlight tool always available for any PDF document that you can add comments too, and then save that. Sweet!

I invite you to check out the videos that have been posted on Adobe TV to see the software in action, as well as join us on October 19 and October 21 for some eSeminars over on More information will be coming soon.

In the meantime, make sure you are already subscribed to the official Acrobat family blog and blog (where you will usually find me writing these days).

October 26, 2009

Hold the phone! Recent study shows familiar collaboration tools still widely used

What is the number one technology in use today for collaboration by employees in companies across the United States and Europe? According to a recently published study by Forrester Consulting, it is the telephone*. A close joint second are face-to-face meetings and email. Hang on! What about things like wikis and blogs? Sorry, Web 2.0 fans: their usage for collaboration within the enterprise is still relatively low, but will grow.

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September 23, 2009

Acrobat and PDF Central Conference 2009 Has Started!

Today is day one of the Adobe Acrobat and PDF Central Conference 2009 in Minneapolis, MN. It’s been great to catch up with my AcroBuddies and meet the attendees, most of whom have not been to an Acrobat conference before. You can follow live tweets from the conference speakers and attendees by following the tag #pdfcon, or just by watching the live feed at

Stay tuned for more…

August 26, 2009

Acrobat and PDF Central Conference Is Almost Here

In case you had not heard yet, the Acrobat and PDF Central Conference 2009 in Minneapolis, MN is less than a month away. It will be one of those unique opportunities to learn much more – at one time and place – about what you can do with PDF and Acrobat to help you in your work.

If you are planning on being there, please do introduce yourself to me and the real PDF wizards who will be speaking, including Ted Padova, Duff Johnson, Lisa Croft, Thom Parker, Angie Okamoto, Bob Connolly, Keith Gilbert and others.

I will be leading sessions on Extending Features in Adobe Reader,, Digital Signatures and Commenting and Reviewing Best Practices. But of course, there are lots of other topics to choose from

This is the third time I will be a speaker at the conference. Many of those who attended in the past have commented to me “I had no idea Acrobat could do so much” or “I needed to solve that problem recently, and did not realize Acrobat could have helped me”. It’s pretty cool to hear that from the perspective of someone who has been using and involved with Acrobat since 1996.

If you have not made a decision yet, or have not heard about the conference, and would like to attend, here’s a little secret: become a member of the Acrobat User Community (it’s free and easy, unless you are a member already) and you can get a USD100 discount of the regular 2-day conference pass price. Just go to this page on the Acrobat User Community site for the details.

I look forward to seeing you there!


June 22, 2009 eSeminar: “Be More Competitive At Work”

Tomorrow, June 24, at 12pm PDT, Erik Larson from the team will be hosting and presenting an interactive eSeminar. That means it won’t be a one-way conversation, so bring your questions, comments and ideas.

Visit the blog for the Meeting URL.

You can follow Erik on Twitter: @erikdlarson. I’m there too: @acroboy is the name you can follow.


June 15, 2009

Say “Hi!” to Tables and Premium Services

Last month Adobe launched a free beta of Presentations. The family is continuing to grow with the very exciting addition of Tables and new Premium subscription services. Congratulations to the team!

Firstly, Tables extends the brilliant collaborative authoring environment of Buzzword and Presentations to spreadsheets and tables. Rather than me giving you the lowdown on it’s capabilities for working together as a team in realtime, check out the crash course on the labs site or the blog.


The other big news is that Premium service subscriptions are now available. There are services that continue to be freely available, but for a monthly or yearly fee, you can now access additional capabilities such as larger online meetings with ConnectNow, unlimited online PDF creation, larger file sharing and 1-to-1 support. As a thank you to the 5 million people who signed up for the beta, the team are offering a US$50 discount on annual subscriptions. How very generous of them!

May 27, 2009

Say “Hi!” to Presentations

As you know Adobe Acrobat is a family. And so is, with a new addition called Presentations. This has just been launched as a free beta on Adobe Labs, and all you need to get started using it is an Adobe ID, a web browser and the Adobe Flash Player. Presentations allows you to create some fantastic looking presentations online quickly and easily. So what’s the big deal about that? Well, you can do this is in a collaborative way with others at the same time. Just as you can share documents authored in Buzzword, or files using Share, you can share an online presentation with others, and let them be either a viewer or, better yet, a co-author. Giving those individuals that you need to work with the ability to author a document at the same time as you can help to make the presentation the best that it can be.

If you then want to give others the ability to review the presentation but not have access to it online, you have the option to export and download the presentation as a PDF file, then use Acrobat 8 and 9’s Shared Reviews functionality to allow them to add and submit comments and markup.


Check it out for yourself at, or read the blog or follow the team via Twitter. And let them know what you think and what you would like to see via

May 18, 2009

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, 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!

March 19, 2009

Adobe Reader and Acrobat 8.1.4 and 7.1.1 Updates

Just released earlier today were the Adobe Reader and Acrobat 8.1.4 and 7.1.1 updates that address recent security vulnerabilities. You can download the updates from here:

Updates for Adobe Reader for Windows
Updates for Adobe Reader for Mac
Updates for Adobe Acrobat 8 and 7 for Windows
Updates for Adobe Acrobat 8 and 7 for Mac
Updates for Adobe Acrobat 3D Version 8 and 7

You can also try the built-in Adobe Updater from the Acrobat or Adobe Reader Help menu.


This follows the 9.1 update for Adobe Reader and Acrobat 9.0 that were released last week. Updates for Adobe Reader for Unix are expected to follow by March 24.

March 13, 2009

From Shredding the Document: Seeking Feedback From SharePoint Users

The Acrobat and Adobe Reader product teams are looking for feedback from those of you that use PDF files with Microsoft SharePoint. From the Shredding the Document blog:

Are you an active SharePoint user who works with PDF files on SharePoint? If you are and you’re willing to have an hour phone call with Adobe, please post a comment on this blog with your business email address. (This email address will be hidden to everyone except Adobe.)

If you would like to participate, please make sure you post your comment on the Shredding the Document blog article. Otherwise, let me know how you are using SharePoint with Acrobat and Adobe Reader. Thank you in advance for your participation and feedback.

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