Wild Wednesday May 16

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I have a wild Wednesday on May 16, 2007! It combines Green, sustainibility, forms, 3D and webinars, there’s enough there to make your brain fry! Contine on to find out what all the fuss is about!

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Creating PDF’s from DWG’s without AutoCAD!

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How many times have you gotten a DWG file from some where and needed to view, collaborate, mark up, or print it and didn’t have AutoCAD or a proprietary viewer du jour to do it with. Well Acrobat 8 Professional and Acrobat 3D version 8 handles that for you by creating a feature rich PDF without having AutoCAD on your system.

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Eating our own dog food! Adobe goes Green!

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You’re probably saying to yourself; "ok Tim, you’ve gone off the deep end on this one. Eating your own dog food and being green go together in many ways, but for Acrobat in the AEC and EPC community, it’s not totally obvious." I love it when I get to mess with you all a little. But this will become so apparent after I explain.

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Come see us at FIATECH April 9-11!

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Hey all, are you in the Washington DC area? Come by and see me (Tim Huff) and Jonathan Bowman at the FIATECH Tech Conf.

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What is FIATECH? Well it is "The Power of Collaboration!" or put into words it is… "FIATECH provides the focus needed to leapfrog ahead with practical new technologies to support FIAPP (Fully Integrated and Automated Project Processes). As a non-profit research, development and deployment (RD&D) consortium, FIATECH offers the collaborative vehicle to fully maximize expertise, attract and leverage scarce RD&D dollars, and reduce risks."

Why is Adobe at FIATECH? That’s easy, we want to support the workflows that you all are dealing with. Being members of FIATECH, CII, and others will not only help you by getting more industry specific information into PDF files, but help us be part of the standard creation and there fore be at the fore frount of the spec delivery. Yes that is all marketing speak for "I really dig getting PDF in these workflows and love to geek out on new standards." I admit it, I love to be on the cutting edge, I’m a bleeding edge junkie! Stay tuned for reports from me and Jonathan (See his blog here) on FIATECH.

Keep some life in your life
Tim Huff
Acrobat for AEC
Adobe for the AEC and EPC Industry

Week 2 Acrobat for AEC Webinar Series

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Yep it’s that time again, tomorrow is Wed 4/4/2007 and we have another installment of Acrobat for AEC / EPC series. In this session I will talk about how to put together files from multiple different file types; from CAD, Word Processors, Spead sheets, Visio, Scanned A and D sized sheets, and many other files types including 3D. So please come by and enjoy some free Acrobat 8 Professional training. To Registar Click Here. And as alway Keep a little Life in your Life!

Thanks all
Tim Huff
Acrobat for AEC
Acorbat in the AEC and EPC Industry

Ok, Custom Dynamic Stamps, I hear ya!

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Sorry, but, I get asked this question almost every day! How do I create a custom stamp in Acrobat 8 Professional or Acrobat 3D Version 8?

How do I add my user name and date like in the standard stamps in Acrobat, or better put, How do I create a custom dynamic stamp.

 

Well, that is the million dollar question today. I was recently at one of the largest EPC firms and that question came up in every group I talked to. I feel your pain, and understand, this is a feature that we need to add to Acrobat 8 Professional and Acrobat 3d version 8 (Hopefully we can get it spec’d for Acrobat 9).

 

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Weekly Webinar Series, Acrobat for AEC / EPC coming

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Hello all, I wanted to introduce you to a new webinar series I am doing called called Adobe Acrobat for AEC / EPC Online eSeminar Series. I am really excited, it is every week for 30 minutes and will cover a certain subject in our industry. Take for example Forms, we will have 2 sessions of how to use forms, and how to set up collaborative sessions, how to mark up a document, tips and tricks, you name it we got it! So, tell your friends to come on by and check it out. I will be giving a way 1 Acrobat 8 Professional EACH Week!!! So you’ll want to come by….Humm maybe I shouldn’t have mentioned that, now you may not tell your friends to up your odds. Well forget that, and the more sessions you attend the better your odds, hows that!

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Kuler, Adobe Labs, Acrobat for AEC…Huh?

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Kuler, Adobe Labs, Acrobat for AEC…Huh? So, that has to raise a couple of eyebrows eh. Welp, I have to keep you on your toes or it wouldn’t be much fun now would it? So how does these strange new things come to play in the Acrobat for AEC blog? If you remember our first installment, I said I would discuss all Adobe Products and how they would fit in the AEC and EPC industry, here is our first dance outside the lines of Acrobat.

 

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Going green? Start by slaying the paper trail!

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I have been going through the LEED process and have noticed what I think is a missing piece in the process. They discuss sustainability, lower energy usage, lower water consumption, material recycle, and lower material waste. But, what I find interesting is there is little to no mention of the huge paper trail that is associated with each project. Take a look at the design submittal process, or the construction documentation, or even the facilities life cycle, reams of paper are used here and it seems to be overlooked! I believe that to be a truly “Green” structure, it starts with design through facilities, to the grave to rebirth. Acrobat 8 Professional and Acrobat 3D with PDF and metadata can help slay the “Forrest” of paper that is used during these processes

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Acrobat Users Community

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Hey all I wanted to be sure you were all aware that there is this cool site called AcrobatUsers.com. It is a great resource of all Acrobat and PDF, currently they are featuring an Acrobat 3D gallery with links to a variety of 3D PDFs. So go on over and check them out!

AcrobatUsers.com
http://www.acrobatusers.com/

3D Gallery
http://www.acrobatusers.com/tech_corners/3d/3d_gallery/

Acrobat 3D blog at AcrobatUsers.com
http://www.acrobatusers.com/blogs/acrobat3d/

Kurt Foss Acro bytes blog
http://www.acrobatusers.com/blogs/kfoss/

AcrobatUsers.com blogs
http://www.acrobatusers.com/blogs/

This is all good stuf and will help Acrobat for AEC and Acrobat in the AEC Blog. Welp gots to go Chelsa is beating Portsmoth 1 – 0 at half :-)

Thanks all
Tim Huff
Acrobat for AEC
Acrobat in the AEC Blog