Lisa Niday

May 16, 2013

Upcoming Creative Cloud Webinars

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As Jerry mentioned in last weeks post, we have some upcoming webinars on the new Creative Cloud (CC) features, security and deployment for public sector customers. On May 21, we will talk about the new policy changes and product features for CC in the public sector. This webinar will give users some valuable insight into the changes in CC and some of the exciting new features they will want to utilize in their agencies.

Day 2 on May 22, is focused primarily for the IT staff, it will cover the policy changes, but will go more in depth into deployment, security and support options for the new CC offerings. We will also be covering the various purchasing options for CC as well.

This is a great opportunity to learn all that’s new for CC and have it focused specifically for those in government. If you were unable to attend Adobe MAX, this will be worth your time. To register or for more information, go here. Each webinar will start at 2 p.m. EST. I hope you will join Jerry and I next week online.

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April 25, 2013

Acrobat-Swiss Army Knife of Software

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Many times I refer to Acrobat as a Swiss Army Knife? Why? Like a Swiss Army Knife you need to have it with you always, it can help you in emergencies, and is a tool you can use daily. I use Acrobat daily in my work, even prior to joining Adobe. Many times it has been my life saver as I needed to edit a PDF file that no one could find the original document. Enter Acrobat, as my emergency rescue, I just export the PDF to Word and begin editing.

Swiss Army Knife Illustration

In state and local government, I find they use Acrobat the way we sometimes use a Swiss Army knife. We get out the knife blade or in Acrobat’s case the Create PDF blade and we forget there are other tools in Acrobat. In our post today I would like to explore some of the other uses of Acrobat or its other blades.

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April 4, 2013

Creative Cloud Packager

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In the past I have written about the virtues of Creative Cloud. Today we made a great step forward in Creative Cloud for Teams. Now you may be wondering what great feature I’m going to talk about. This new software is a tool for IT administrators to use to deploy Creative Cloud Team, we call it Creative Cloud Packager.

This new software for deployment means that the IT department can now configure Creative Cloud Team to suit their organization. More specifically, an administrator for a Creative Cloud Team account, can now download directly from the application all of the Creative Cloud products and updates (regular and feature), define custom installation behavior and at the end have a native MSI or PKG that you will use with your deployment tool to install on all machines you manage.

screen cap of Creative Cloud Packager

Up until now the Creative Cloud offering really didn’t have as much relevance in the government space because it required the users to be  administrators on their computers and in very few instances was this the case. This now means that Creative Cloud Team could be a viable offering for our some of our state and local agencies, as well as smaller departments in the large government organizations because now it can be deployed through standard IT deployment methodologies. For many smaller government agencies it is really great to have access to all the tools and the updates, as well as some of the services offered in Creative Cloud.

For those IT administrators who are reading this post, the following video will walk you through the Creative Cloud Packager.

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March 14, 2013

Adobe Acrobat PDF Security Webinar

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Government customers at all levels, federal, state & local and civilian agencies are always concerned about security. For good reason, according to an IDC report, nearly 36% of government agencies have experienced an information leak in the past 12 months. We know it’s a problem, but what tools can be used to help us stem the leaks of information?

Next week, on March 21st at 2 pm est, I will be delivering a webinar to address these points. I will be covering two major topic areas. The first, primarily for IT managers, will discuss application security in Adobe Acrobat and what this means to their agencies.

Screen shot of Protected Mode in Acrobat XI

Screen shot of Protected Mode in Acrobat XI. If you don’t know what this means, join our webinar to learn.

The second area I will cover will be for users of Acrobat. I will discuss how to secure your PDF documents and how to remove sensitive information (commonly called redaction) from your PDF documents. I find many times users of Acrobat assume their PDF files are secure because they are a PDF. This is not the case. In Acrobat XI we can apply security at the onset of creating our PDF documents, which is a real time saver.

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February 22, 2013

Tools with Impact

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While my colleagues attended the Adobe Government Assembly last week (see Jerry’s post), I was in San Bernardino presenting a session for the District Attorney’s Office on Technical Training around Adobe Acrobat XI. About 50 attendees from the district attorney’s office had an entire day of training on how to use tools and technology that improves their effectiveness at prosecuting defendants.

I quickly realized these attorneys often compete with private defense attorneys, who many times have more staff and money to buy better tools. That particular day in San Bernardino was especially telling for my audience, as the manhunt for Christopher Dorner was in full pursuit and their own San Bernardino County officers were at the forefront of the chase. This district attorney’s office would potentially be responsible for the prosecution of Dorner. It really caused me to realize I was teaching them how to leverage a powerful a tool to help them better do their job- prosecute defendants.

Redaction Slide from training.

Redaction Slide from training.

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January 31, 2013

Creative Cloud: The New Wave of Software Delivery and File Access

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As you learned in Jerry’s post last week, I am a designer by trade. I was excited when Adobe announced Creative Cloud last April because as most designers can attest, that although you work for another company you may do freelance or charity projects in your off time which utilize your design skills.

I decided to take advantage of the Adobe offer to existing customers to migrate over to the Creative Cloud for a low monthly or yearly price. I have been a perpetual license holder (I owned the software and then upgraded when the next version came out) since 1985, when I began in desktop publishing. I viewed the promises of the Creative Cloud offering as appealing, especially always current.

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Here’s what I can attest to personally since owning my own Individual Creative Cloud subscription…

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