Archive for November, 2010

Release: Acrobat X Solutions

There are some great new features in Acrobat X that are worthy of note for Education customers. here’s the official press release, but take a look at:

  • Adobe SendNow
  • Adobe CreatePDF
  • Adobe Reader X
    • Highlighter
    • Stick Notes
    • Protected mode security
    • Android, Windows 7 and Blacberry Tablet OS mobile support

SAN JOSE, Calif., — Nov. 15, 2010 Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced the immediate availability of Adobe® Acrobat® X solutions – Adobe Acrobat X, as well as new document exchange services at Acrobat.com – that let professionals innovate, create and share higher-quality content, driving tighter collaboration and productivity across teams in today’s dynamic business environments.

“Acrobat X addresses today’s critical challenge of communicating and collaborating with widely dispersed teams of colleagues, partners and customers in a compelling way,” said Kevin M. Lynch, vice president and general manager of Acrobat, Digital Enterprise Solutions Group, Adobe. “Our new Acrobat.com services tackle the need to have access to, exchange, retrieve and view documents reliably from anywhere.”

Acrobat X is already garnering an enthusiastic response from long-term and first-time users in segments including financial services, government, legal, education, marketing, architecture and engineering.

“Acrobat X is going to be the most critical document tool we have across all of our business areas. We can clearly see how the new features and intuitive user interface will make our staff more efficient, and ultimately save our business and customers time and money,” said Kevin Wedman, national vice president and chief building officer, Bureau Veritas, a leading global engineering consulting firm.

Using new guided Actions, Acrobat X software users can automate routine, multi-step tasks and easily share them with coworkers and collaborators, reducing the burden of training. With the new layouts, visual themes and color palettes in PDF Portfolios, business professionals can change how users view, think and interact with content and its context. With the new Acrobat X Suite, users can maximize the power of Adobe Photoshop® and Adobe Acrobat to capture, edit and combine digital content right from the desktop and easily create dynamic communications. New Microsoft® SharePoint integration enables consistency of Adobe PDF documents across the enterprise; users can check-in and check-out PDF files for reviewing and editing shared documents. A streamlined process lets large organizations deploy, configure and manage updates and conform to ISO standards, in both Adobe Reader® X and Acrobat X, including support for Microsoft SCCM and SCUP.

“PDF Portfolios are essential to our collaborative processes,” said Patrick Lennon, print and publishing officer, Tourism Ireland. “With Adobe Acrobat X Pro, we can use the Portfolio Wizard to easily incorporate rich media into a single, more secure PDF for streamlined review. It offers an engaging visual experience that makes presentations clearer, more lively, and interactive.”

“Acrobat X offers an array of advanced features that lets me provide students richer, more robust feedback. In addition to using more refined commenting and mark-up tools, I can record verbal feedback and drop the audio file right into the student’s project in PDF for more precise and extensive review,” said John Ittelson, professor emeritus of information technology and communications, California State University, Monterey Bay.

Adobe SendNow is a valuable new document exchange service now available that lets users send, download, track and manage documents. Users can upload files from a Web browser or directly from the share pane in Adobe Reader X.

With just a few simple clicks from a central dashboard, users can send large files from their computer to one or many recipients, view files that they’ve sent off, track, see when and to whom they were sent, get delivery receipts, and watch for files that have been sent to them. With Adobe SendNow, users avoid e-mail gateway issues, complicated FTP servers, or the costs of expensive overnight mail.

Adobe CreatePDF is a new service for easy, online PDF creation from any desktop computer. Adobe CreatePDF has been designed to simplify the process of turning files into high quality PDF documents, while allowing users to do more than before. Besides converting Microsoft Office documents, images and other supported files into an Adobe PDF from a Web browser, users can combine documents into a single PDF file, and if they are using Microsoft Windows®, install a special printer driver that will allow them to create a PDF file online from any application that can print.

Adobe Reader X includes commenting with Sticky Notes and Highlighter tools so that anyone can add comments directly on a PDF document for free. PDF access has been expanded to mobile devices with free Adobe Reader X for Android, Windows® Phone 7 and Blackberry Tablet OS, coming soon. Safer viewing of PDF files is available with new Protected Mode security capabilities in Reader X. A new Share pane in Reader X provides a connection to the online Adobe CreatePDF service, making it easy to create a document that others will be able to view consistently.

Connect Quick Reference Guide

Let us know what you think of this Quick Reference Guide for Connect. We’ve tried to take the main features of Connect and put them into an education context by considering the needs of educators, students and institutions. We’ve got a couple of others on the go at themoment, but it’s not too late to influence what we do.

On the front of the guide we’ve listed key features and benefits as a sales tool for partners. On the reverse of the guide we’ve listed resources and links to other information that is valuable to both partners and customers. Enjoy!

Adobe_Connect - Link to the QRG

Channel Meeting Connect Room

For those of you that attended the Education Channel Meeting in London last week, we’ve created a Connect Room with all of the presentations. Included in here is my Adobe in Education deck which you are welcome to use – removing the partner specific content first.

http://my.adobe.acrobat.com/educationday11nov2010/

Password: ChannelPartner

Partner Resources: Connect Rooms

Liz Wilkins has done a great job setting up Connect Rooms for key products and even BETT. We’ll keep these resources up-to-date as we get new material, so keep checking out the following:

Acrobat X: https://my.adobe.acrobat.com/acrobatxedu/ - Password = XEdu

Connect 8: http://my.adobe.acrobat.com/connectedu/ - Password = ChannelPartner

Adobe School Collection: https://my.adobe.acrobat.com/adobeschoolcollection/ - Password = ChannelPartner

BETT 2011: http://my.adobe.acrobat.com/adobebett2011/ - no password

BETT 2011 Connect Room

In preparation for BETT we’ve created a Connect Room for information, collateral, logos and other useful information. As a start we’ve put the Adobe logo and usage guidelines, but over the next few weeks we’ll add to the content. Please pass on the Connect Room link to your marketing colleagues:

http://my.adobe.acrobat.com/adobebett2011/ 

It currently contains details of how to be included on the BETT price list, and logo usage rules.

Connect 8: Great Reviews

We announced Adobe Connect 8 on Monday, November 1 and have received terrific press coverage. Notable quotes include:

“The most important thing to know about Connect 8 is that it can enhance virtually any meeting, whether in person or remote…Any way it goes, [Adobe] Connect 8 has the potential to drastically change the way we meet and interact.”
– Chris Dawson, ZDNnet

 “Adobe introduces a variety of new features and capabilities in Adobe Connect 8 designed to make the entire online meeting process smoother and more intuitive…the features and functions…make a compelling case for taking a closer look at what Adobe is bringing to the table before selecting an online meeting platform.”
 –Tony Bradley, PC World

We also launched a totally redesigned website which highlights our key differentiators and three solution areas: web meetings, eLearning, and webinars. The differentiators apply equally to education as well as the enterprise:

Web Conferencing Solutions

Adobe Connect for Web Meetings

Adobe Connect for Web Meetings

Addresses all your online meeting needs, from simple screen sharing to mission-critical collaboration.

Adobe Connect for eLearning

Adobe Connect for eLearning

Enables rapid creation of high-impact online training and delivery of virtual classes in real time, on demand or offline.

Adobe Connect for Webinars

Adobe Connect for Webinars

Ensures easy webinar attendance and captures the attention of participants with interactive, rich multimedia content.

School Site Licences

Did you know?

  • Adobe Schools Site Licenses are the cheapest way to buy Adobe products and the best way for schools to get a good educational return on their digital creativity investment.  For the price of 95 copies of Photoshop  customers  could get 500 licenses of Photoshop,  Acrobat, Illustrator , InDesign, Flash catalyst, Flash pro, Dreamweaver and Fireworks!  Please see the attachment for more information on the Adobe schools suites.
  •  With every Adobe Schools Site License customers get 50 full copies for Staff to use on their home PCs.
  •  With every Adobe Schools Site license customers get a Curriculum support CD with examples of how to use the different Adobe products in conjunction with projects and topics that are on the National Curriculum.  www.adobe.com/uk/education/k12/  www.tv.adobe.com/ 
  • The T and C’s of the Adobe Schools Site License allow for “Reasonable Commercial Use”, which means that they could form the basis of evening/weekend education classes or other education related activities in your community
  • In conjunction with  CLP agreement partners,  Adobe  will run regular awareness days to show schools how to use  Adobe products and meet with teachers who can share best practise use of Adobe within their schools.
  • Adobe also hopes to run competitions and events with prizes to help make the being a user of adobe products more fun!

School Site License – FAQ

MAX Education Summit and What’s New on Adobe Labs

Nearly 200 educators met at the Los Angeles Convention Center to learn and share best practices focused around design, development, film, and interactive design themes. Partners By Design members made up close to half of the presenters in education tracks in the afternoon. Next month, we’ll share recordings of the track presentations.

General morning sessions included information about research in the Adobe user experience, industry-education collaborations at Bournemouth University, Adobe curriculum and certification resources, and the practicalities of teaching HTML 5.0 technology in the curriculum. You can access recordings of these presentations:

What’s new on Adobe Labs?

Adobe® Digital Publishing Suite beta

The Digital Publishing Suite is a turnkey set of hosted services and a viewer technology that enables professional publishers to design and deploy engaging reading experiences across mobile devices and marketplaces.

Adobe Flash® Builder™ “Burrito” preview

This preview gives you an early opportunity to evaluate in-development features and workflows of next-generation versions of Flash Builder.

Adobe Flash Catalyst™ “Panini” preview

This preview adds many new features and enhancements to Flash Catalyst and integrates with Flash Builder “Burrito.”

Adobe Flash Professional CS5 Extension for AIR® 2.5 beta

Publish content and applications to the latest Adobe AIR 2.5 release.

Lens Profile Creator prerelease 3

This utility enables the easy creation of lens profiles for use in the Photoshop® family of products.

Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw 6.3 rc

Access the raw image formats produced by many leading digital cameras within Photoshop.

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3.3 rc

Manage and showcase your shots with the latest software tools for photographers.

Project ROME preview

Inject the power of graphics, photos, text, video, audio, and animation into everyday projects.

Announcement: Adobe Connect 8

Major New Version of Enterprise Web Conferencing Solution for Delivering Rich Collaboration Experiences

SAN JOSE, Calif.–(EON: Enhanced Online News)–Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced Adobe® Connect™ 8, a significant update to the company’s Web conferencing solution for powering effective and engaging Web meetings, online training and webinars. Based on the virtually ubiquitous Adobe Flash® Player software, the latest version provides enterprises and governments worldwide with broad capabilities for delivering rich experiences across multiple devices, while maintaining easy, reliable meeting entry.

“Adobe Connect continues to deliver a comprehensive and easy-to-use solution for Web conferencing – offering a set of features that stands apart from other Web conferencing solutions.”

“We’re seeing the adoption of Web conferencing as a core collaboration technology for everyday use accelerate rapidly,” said Andy Nilssen, senior analyst, Wainhouse Research. “In addition, we’re also seeing enterprises increase expectations for their Web conferencing solution. These organizations want to go well beyond everyday meetings and seminars to enable myriad and divergent use cases, easily extend solution capabilities with key new functionality, integrate with existing infrastructure such as video conferencing room systems, and support meeting access via a wide choice of mobile devices. All while providing meeting participants with a great user experience.”

Key new features of Adobe Connect 8 include a simplified interface for greater usability, expanded and more flexible collaboration capabilities for sharing ideas more freely, and enhanced audio and video integration for richer multimedia experiences. In addition, Adobe Connect 8 offers a software development kit (SDK) for greater extensibility, a new, optional desktop client based on the Adobe AIR® runtime for easier meeting management, and support for a range of mobile devices to extend reach and enhance productivity.

New Features and Benefits

  • More intuitive user interface that provides meeting hosts, presenters, and participants with even easier access to capabilities; allowing presenters, for example, to quickly and flexibly adjust meeting room layouts in real-time, as needed.
  • Enhancements to sharing, chat, video, notes, Q&A, whiteboard, and other functionality “pods” to facilitate collaboration.
  • Addition of two-way Universal Voice that allows customers to bridge audio from any conferencing provider into an Adobe Connect room and provide two-way communication between participants on both VoIP and telephone audio.
  • Integration of Adobe Connect1 with existing video conferencing systems, enabling meeting hosts to bring live audio and video broadcast streams directly into an Adobe Connect room.
  • Enhanced collaboration SDK, with support for Adobe Flex®, Adobe Flash and Adobe ActionScript® 3, which allows developers to create custom pods or integrate Adobe Connect with other systems.
  • Adobe Connect Desktop, based on Adobe AIR, which lets users set up and manage meetings right from the desktop. The optional application also allows users to download recorded sessions for offline viewing.
  • Adobe Connect Mobile enables participants to view meetings on mobile devices. Adobe Connect Mobile works on Apple iPhone and iPad, as well as Google Android and other mobile devices enabled with Adobe Flash technology.

Quotes

Arun Anantharaman, vice president and general manager, Adobe Connect

  • “Adobe Connect 8 is a transformative release. It enables organizations to standardize on a single Web conferencing platform to support a variety of use cases. Presenters can completely tailor their meeting environments prior to and during meetings, thereby dramatically improving collaboration. In addition, the product is highly extensible, enabling organizations to leverage third-party pods, as well as integrate with existing systems. No other solution on the market comes close to offering the ease of meeting entry, richness of interactions, or extensibility.”

Al Paz, manager, Global Learning Solutions & Applications, Xerox Corporation

  • “Adobe Connect provides a mission-critical, real-time collaboration solution for enterprise environments. The enhanced features and functionality in Adobe Connect 8 eliminate technology barriers for all users, by providing an engaging, intuitive, rich user interface.”

Denise Fleming, program assistant, Public Health Emergency Preparedness, Office of Public Health Preparedness, Michigan Department of Community Health

  • “We are continually expanding our use of Adobe Connect. The easy-to-use interface lets new users get productive in Adobe Connect faster, while enabling our most experienced users to do even more in their Web conferences.”

La Tricia E. Austin-Downer, customer support specialist, ADNET Systems, Inc., in support of Federal Highway Administration

  • “Adobe Connect continues to deliver a comprehensive and easy-to-use solution for Web conferencing – offering a set of features that stands apart from other Web conferencing solutions.”

Helpful Links

Pricing and Availability

Adobe Connect 8 is expected to be available worldwide on an on-premise basis by the end of November 2010. It is expected to be available on a hosted basis in North America starting in November 2010 (phased rollout), and on a hosted basis in other parts of the world starting in February 2011 (phased rollout). Adobe Connect 8 will be available in English, Brazilian Portuguese, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, and Turkish language versions. Pricing is determined by solution configuration. Education pricing is available. For more information on Adobe Connect 8, visit www.adobe.com/products/adobeconnect.