Posts in Category "Digital Media"

October 28, 2013

Creative Cloud for Government: Winter 2014

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If you haven’t been following the buzz around the Adobe Creative Cloud, we recently announced our 1.4 million paid subscriber mark, with Enterprise adoption accelerating rapidly. Our customers are overwhelmingly choosing subscriptions instead of perpetual model licenses, and we’ve seen very strong adoption across Government segments.

Defense, Civilian, State and Local IT procurement specialists are looking to Adobe’s ETLA (Enterprise Term License Agreement) model to keep initial costs down, shift licensing costs into the Operations/Management budget, and realize the value of Adobe’s ongoing innovations in multiscreen design and development.

One such innovation involves a new technology called “Perspective Warp” wrapped into Photoshop CC. With this integration, digital imaging professionals can easily change the perspective of images, whether they are manipulating perspective of one image or compositing multiple images together. Here’s a video tutorial on this long-awaited breakthrough feature.

If you’re looking for Government success stories around rapid adoption of new creative technologies, be sure to register for our free Adobe Digital Government Assembly on February 6th, 2014 at The Ritz-Carlton in Pentagon City. Come hear from technology leaders, senior agency officials and industry pioneers as they discuss three core themes that will serve as the foundation for government agencies moving forward: engage, transform and drive results.

One of the technical challenges many agencies face involve the rapidity of CC updates currently shipping, and keeping desktops up-to-date. Also, in many government IT environments, end users of Adobe desktop software are constrained to a thin layer of bandwidth, and users are not administrators. Many clients are completely disconnected from external networks, and if they do have connectivity, their internet access outside the firewall will be closely monitored, constrained or proxied.

For Government IT and procurement personnel seeking a comprehensive overview of Creative Cloud offerings for Government, including technical deployment tips,  we offer this new video and its associated slides. In the video, we discuss the specific policies around deployment that IT Directors will need to address from behind their network constraints. We also address how the rolling updates to our desktop products will help support your mission of keeping your networks secure, stable and uniform, and how to deploy those updates securely and efficiently behind your firewall.

 

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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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May 14, 2013

Document workflow optimization: understanding Reader extensions licensing

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The following post was originally published in the Adobe LiveCycle blog.

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We get many questions about Reader extensions. That’s not surprising really because there are numerous ways to use reader extensions in an enterprise capacity, as well as in a workgroup or consumer type of way. We also get many questions about the aspects of licensing reader extensions based on the fact that Reader extended forms can be created from our Acrobat family of products as well as our LiveCycle family of products. The licensing programs for Acrobat and LiveCycle are designed to serve different uses and organizational needs. They scale from desktop use to enterprise levels.

Before we go too much further though, let me explain what a Reader extended document is.

The Reader extensions capability digitally signs a PDF form or document to enable certain features in the free Reader product on a per-file basis. These are features otherwise found in the full Acrobat product.  Extending features in a PDF document allows the content creator to offer more advanced capabilities to end users with free Reader without requiring them to purchase the full Acrobat product.  Examples of the features which are enabled by Reader extensions include commenting, digital signatures, and saving forms and data offline.  We usually see customers take advantage of this technology to capture data in a form using Reader extensions based on the ability for someone to fill out a form inside of the free Reader product, save it to their desktop, and then email it to the person needing this information.

LiveCycle and Reader Extended Forms:

Here’s an example of a Reader extended form:  http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f1040.pdf.  This example was created using LiveCycle Enterprise Suite. LiveCycle is a server based product for automating form and document processing in enterprise organizations. The use of reader extensions in LiveCycle is targeted for large distribution use cases.  Other services available in LiveCycle can be used to generate PDF documents and forms and automate their processing in conjunction with other enterprise systems. LiveCycle’s Reader extensions capabilities are licensed on a per-document (or form) or a per-recipient basis. Its usage can scale to extract information from an unlimited number of documents or an unlimited number of recipients.   A LiveCycle customer can purchase more document or recipient licenses as their business needs require.   For example, a state that wants to develop a single tax form to collect information from its 2 million citizens might purchase a per-document license for their form.  However, a government department of 6,000 planning to develop several human resources forms might be better served with per-recipient licenses.

Acrobat and Reader Extended Forms:

As I mentioned earlier, you can also create a reader extended form by using Acrobat.  Acrobat is a desktop product for producing and working with PDF documents on an individual basis.  The reader extension capabilities in Acrobat are intended for small scale distributions.    Acrobat provides capabilities to extract data into spreadsheets for further processing.

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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.

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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.

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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 22, 2013

Events: Civilian Road Show and MAX

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It’s finally Spring, which means warm weather (I hope), longer days, and most importantly, the Adobe Civilian Government Road Show and MAX!

One of the best parts of my job is being able to get out and meet with our customers to help them understand and use our products more effectively. We’re taking our demos on the road in late April/early May for three Adobe Digital Government Forums:

  • Baltimore, April 25
  • Atlanta, April 30
  • Denver, May 2

More details on the venues, registration, etc. will be coming soon. In the interim, have you registered for Adobe MAX yet? MAX will be held May 4-8 in Los Angeles, CA. It is the premiere event for designers, developers, and other content creators and creative professionals to learn about our digital media tools. There are always tons of hands-on sessions as well as government-specific topics and gatherings, so it’s a great opportunity to learn more about our products and how they can benefit your agency. We’ll have several members of our government team onsite at the event as well.

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Also, if you’re not able to get out to some of these events, let the events come to you; our webinar series features a variety of topics for technical and executive audiences. 

Hope to see you soon!

 

 

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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.

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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 28, 2013

Creative Cloud – Exclusive Extensions

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One of the perks of a Creative Cloud subscription is having access to exclusive features and products. While much of that content is in the form of exclusive applications (like the Edge Tools and Services), one of the latest new features is exclusive content via ‘Extensions.’ Let’s take a look at the newest benefit the Creative Cloud offers!

What are extensions?

Extensions are small plug-ins that perform a specific function within an application. Different applications have different extensions available to them; while we’re looking at Photoshop for this particular article, there are extensions available for other applications as well. While some extensions are available for non-Cloud users, there are some new ones that are currently exclusive for Cloud subscribers.

How do they work?

You can access extensions directly from the application that you’re working in. For example, in Photoshop CS6, you will choose Window > Extensions to see a list of currently available extensions.

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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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February 14, 2013

Enabling Rapid Innovation in Government

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I’m the “cinephile” in my community. I have a regular email list of 10-20 guys whom I’ll ping for impromptu movie nights. When I travel for work, I’m always trying to “sneak in a movie” after hours. During Oscar season I am especially vigilant to try and see as many Best Picture contenders as possible before the Big Night.

This past weekend I saw Zero Dark Thirty. It was particularly interesting to me, as Adobe’s Digital Media solutions consultant for the Department of Defense and Intelligence Community (DoD/IC). As such, I was looking for any sign of Adobe software that might have been used to apprehend suspected terrorists — just as I do when watching Homeland — because hey, I might have sold it to them!

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Of course, which specific software is leveraged by which specific agency for which purpose is often classified information. However, I can tell you that many of the latest innovations in Adobe software help keep America safer and more secure, whether it’s for rapid intelligence gathering, secure data dissemination, high-quality visualization, or forensically analyzing and reconstructing digital evidence.

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