Dreaming of a John Lewis Christmas? Check out the magazine app!

The @AdobeUK Team

December 19, 2012

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Who doesn’t love the iconic John Lewis Christmas advert? If it doesn’t feel like Christmas until you’ve seen it then you’re going to love John Lewis’ Christmas Annual app, with the ad included!

Pouring over the digital catalogue on your tablet or smartphone leaves you in no doubt as to why John Lewis is the UK’s favourite retailer. Created with Adobe Digital Publishing Suite every page truly stands out.

And it doesn’t just have to be window shopping. The free digital Christmas Annual, available on iPad, iPhone, Android devices and Kindle Fire, allows you to click on the products that catch your eye and it takes you to the product page on the website; everything really is just a swipe away.

 

Of course, it doesn’t stop there. Included in the special Christmas Edition are a host of other interactive experiences, which are perfectly brought to life with Adobe’s digital publishing capabilities.

As well as seeing the very best of John Lewis products you’ll also discover 3D teddy bears that you can view from every angle, gift ideas from top newspaper writers and features on festive style, all illustrated with stunning photography that was made to be viewed on your tablet or smartphone.

 

With 5-star reviews and thousands of downloads resulting in the John Lewis digital Christmas Annual shooting up the charts, make sure you get some festive inspiration at your fingertips and access the app for your devices now.

To download the iPad and iPhone app click here, Android here and for Kindle Fire users search for John Lewis in the Kindle Newsstand.

Happy Christmas!

New Interactive Top Gear Magazine Launches on iPad

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December 06, 2012

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BBC Worldwide today launched its interactive digital edition of Top Gear Magazine, the UK’s best-selling car magazine, to help expand its reach to an increasingly tech-savvy audience. Using Adobe Digital Publishing Suite, Enterprise Edition, BBC Worldwide was able to leverage its existing print workflow based on Adobe InDesign to create an engaging, fully interactive digital edition for iPad.

As part of the new digital edition, readers will have even more intriguing views and advice from the legendary Clarkson, Hammond and May. BBC Worldwide also took advantage of a number of the key capabilities within Adobe Digital Publishing Suite to set the digital edition apart from the print edition and offer readers:

– HD videos – stunning videos of world-exclusive features
– HD galleries – ability to experience their favourite supercar from every angle, with extra images
– Interactive content wheel – navigate to the latest news, hottest car reviews and the Top Gear Garage
– Facebook and Twitter – ability to join live-populating feeds to interact with other readers
– Entertainment – fire up the engines of the cover stars by tapping them on-screen
– Hidden content – tap to reveal additional content within features
– Buyers’ guide – read all the essentials for every new car available

The first interactive digital edition is Top Gear’s Awards issue in which the exceptional new cars of 2012 are recognised and receive a Top Gear Magazine Car of the Year Award.  It is available now for download from the iTunes Store.

 

Document based challenges dents bottom line by as much as €11,700 annually per employee

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October 16, 2012

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Digital technology has disrupted every industry and geography, revolutionising how office workers today create, produce and manage their work. As more and more employees work remotely and teams span the globe it can often lead to a feeling that all of their time is spent searching, editing and collaborating on documents, rather than their actual day jobs. At the same time IT departments are having to integrate and manage the many different platforms, devices and services workers are demanding, all while protecting sensitive corporate IP and personal information.

While these struggles are well-recognised, we wanted to try and actually quantify their impact on organisations.  It was with this in mind that we partnered with IDC to build a better understanding of office and IT workers’ needs and challenges in the modern day workplace and the financial impact this has on organisations in terms of bottom line. 

The results were surprising: we all know time is being wasted, but the cost of that wasted time reaches an eye-watering, €11,700 per information worker annually! This was calculated by looking at things like the challenges related to personal productivity – such as searching for, but not finding, documents; inefficiencies in collaboration between individuals and companies, and barriers to working on new platforms such as mobile and tablet.

For businesses, the key to closing the gap is to recognise that it is a set of compounding issues: lots of little things that add up to a big impact on employee productivity, and ultimately, the bottom line. The features that we’ve introduced in Acrobat XI – shipping today – equip office workers and IT departments with document collaboration tools that not only increase efficiency through the document creation, management and distribution process, and protect sensitive information, even when documents travel outside of the document management system and corporate firewall. 

Our infographic below highlights some of the other findings from IDC’s whitepaper, and below that you can check out an overview of the all the new features of Acrobat XI to see how it’ll allow you to work smarter, not harder.  

 

Adobe Acrobat XI, new and improved features include:

  • Edit PDF files, modify paragraphs, images, and objects by simply clicking and dragging using the new, intuitive Edit Text and Images tool. Arrange and visually merge select content and multiple documents into one organised PDF file, while retaining source file integrity.
  • Improved protection of all PDF files created from Microsoft PowerPoint, Word, and Excel to help prevent copying, editing, or printing without permission.
  • Speed up document and web contract approvals (from weeks to hours) with electronic signatures using the integrated Adobe EchoSign electronic signature service. Simplify forms creation, distribution and results analysis using the included Adobe FormsCentral desktop app.
  • Work with PDF files across tablets and smartphones in touch-friendly Adobe Reader to annotate and add comments, as well as fill in, sign and save forms.
  • Save PDF documents as PowerPoint, Word or Excel files or reuse parts of or entire PDF files as Microsoft Office documents and web pages without retyping or need to reformat.

The new and improved IT features and functionality now enable IT professionals to:

  • Standardise on an easy to use, full-featured, consistent and trusted PDF Reader now with full support for iPads and Android tablets.
  • Integrate Adobe Acrobat XI seamlessly with Microsoft Office and Microsoft SharePoint, enabling users to do more with PDF in an Office or SharePoint environment.
  • Streamline deployment and maintenance with free Adobe tools to aid configuration and installation, as well as enhanced support for Microsoft SCCM/SCUP and Apple Remote Desktop.
  • Help mitigate risk and protect systems and data with industry-leading security technology, in addition to the Adobe PDF Whitelist Framework, allowing selective enablement of JavaScript for both Windows and Mac OS.
  • Easily deliver multi-step PDF file preparation and security measures using the Action Wizard to help ensure organisational consistency.

London’s calling for Monty Python fans

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October 15, 2012

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It’s a big night for us tomorrow as it’s the European premiere at the 56th BFI London Film Festival of a new movie we‘ve been heavily involved with – A Liar’s Autobiography – The Untrue Story of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman.

It’s an animated tribute to the late Graham Chapman which tells his life story (both real and fantasy) in 17 different animation styles by 14 different studios, with Adobe Creative Suite Production Premium instrumental in the production process.

Check out this video to learn about the making of the film and the filmmakers’ experiences using the latest versions products including Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects, Flash Professional, and Photoshop Extended.

Kicking off proceedings at IBC 2012

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September 05, 2012

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Over the next few days, we’re in Amsterdam for this year’s IBC Show, and we’re excited to announce that we’ll be showcasing some great new video technologies that are really helping the broadcast and video industries to evolve and meet the demands of today’s viewing public!

 

One of the highlights for us will be the reveal of Adobe Anywhere for video – a modern, collaborative workflow platform that will give teams using our professional video tools – such as Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects – the ability to work together across virtually any network, using shared media. They’re products that together with the rest of our Creative Suite Production Premium and Creative Cloud, are being using by a number of the leading broadcasters and global news agencies, including the Associated Press, Bloomberg and CNN.

We’re also announcing several new collaborations with broadcast solution partners at the show who will support integrated workflows with our video tools. These include media asset management and graphics companies who are leading in the broadcast news and sports sectors – such as Chyron, Dalet, EVS and Vizr.

Not only that, but anyone with Final Cut Pro or Avid who fancies switching to Adobe CS6 Production Premium or Creative Cloud, can take advantage of a promotion we’re currently running offering up to 40% off! You can find all the information on the Adobe website.

If you’re at the show, be sure to pay us a visit. We’ll be at the Adobe booth in Hall 7, Booth 7.G27 in the RAI Exhibition and Congress Centre. For anyone that didn’t make it to Amsterdam, we’ll be keeping everyone up to speed on the show from here.

Let us know what you think of this year’s show and are most excited about seeing!

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