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April 15, 2011

Thoughts on Creative Suite 5.5

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The environment in which creative pros work is changing at an unprecedented pace. We see trends in three areas that are impacting their ability to author and publish content:

1) The proliferation of multiple devices. It used to be quite simple to reach your target constituent. But now there are more devices than ever, with multiple screen sizes, and multiple operating systems. Just to add more complexity — you can reach them via content in a browser, or via a native app. There are over 35 different app stores today, all with different guidelines and specifications. By 2014, the number of mobile devices will be equal to the number of desktop computers. The potential of apps is clear: iOS and Android users download 9 apps per month and spend 79 minutes per day using apps, whereas just four years ago, there was no Google Android, no iPad, no Motorola Xoom, no Blackberry Playbook, no HTML5, no CSS3, no streaming video to smartphones, and no Skype.

2) The second trend we’re seeing is a demand for rich content. Static consumer content or cumbersome enterprise applications just don’t cut it anymore. People are demanding a lot more, whether as a constituent or as an employee. If you think back to 2007 when Adobe released Creative Suite 3, so much has changed since then. In 2007 there was no Groupon, no HD Flip cameras or digital magazines. Twitter had only 400,000 tweets per quarter, and you couldn’t post a photo on your Facebook wall.

3) Monetization. Content publishers have realized as they move content online they can’t rely on old business models. As traditional print advertising moved online they found their dollars reduced to dimes. They have found success experimenting with new business models such as in-app purchases of content, which were pioneered in gaming and are now moving to other industries.

These are the key trends behind a seismic shift in the industry and media landscape. Adobe is committed to enabling our customers to not only keep up with these trends, but to keep ahead of them and capitalize on them. So, we are innovating quickly in these key areas and we will be changing our release schedule in order to keep customers ahead of these trends.

Historically we’ve released new versions of Creative Suite every 18-24 months, but we are moving to a schedule of milestone releases every two years, but with releases in between that are focused on keeping customers ahead in the areas where technology is shifting. In keeping with this, we are improving CS5 with the release of CS 5.5  this spring. Please feel free to click here to find out more about this new software release that will help our customers create rich internet applications for multiple devices, and efficiently target their content across browsers, operating systems, and screens.

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April 7, 2011

A Conversation with Mike Murtha, Adobe Solutions Engineer to DoD (Part 2 of 2)

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Our recent conversation with Michael Murtha, Adobe Department of Defense Solutions Engineer, continues today with the second of a two-part series.

Today, Mike discusses:

If you haven’t yet, check out the first part of the conversation here.

And if you’re reading and watching this, you might also be interested in our recent conversation with Barry Leffew, Adobe’s vice president of Public Sector Sales. You’ll find parts one and two here and here.

To keep up on the latest with Adobe in government, be sure to follow us on Twitter @AdobeGov.

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March 29, 2011

Bainbridge Island Police Dept and Adobe Connect

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For the Bainbridge Island Police Department, Adobe Connect has become an integral part of the department’s ability to conduct live and on-demand meetings to communicate sensitive information and respond faster to emergency incidents.

According to Detective Trevor Ziemba, Bainbridge Island officers and law enforcement partners can collaborate instantly with Adobe Connect, further enhancing public safety. Ziemba and the other detectives appreciate the fact that Adobe Connect requires little to no training and can be used easily and reliably across diverse teams. This means officers and law enforcement partners can start collaborating right away to get to the bottom of cases and quickly resolve critical incidents.

With Adobe Connect, Bainbridge Island Police Department and its safety partners are collaborating in real time. Many of the officers also have individual, persistent meeting rooms, so they can engage their peers and partners when and where they need to. To learn more about how Adobe Connect has transformed the way law enforcement officials help keep the community safe, see the full story here.

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March 23, 2011

Adobe Connect Usability Event – Video

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Earlier this month, Adobe and Emergent hosted the first in-person event of the Adobe Connect Public Sector Users Group. We wrote about the new Users Group earlier in the year in this post.

The first event focused on Adobe Connect 8 usability, and included discussion on what’s new with the technology, accessibility, best practices, and more on the new Users Group itself.

We attended and captured some video footage, including a few words each from our colleagues, Heyward Drummond and Emily Timmerman.

Check out the Users Group blog for a few follow-up posts to the first event – one includes several links to helpful resources and the other more detail on integrating video in a web meeting.

And if you haven’t already, considering joining the Users Group; check out their site for more details.

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March 21, 2011

Adobe & HIMSS 2011

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For as long as I can remember, I have been a closet techie-geek. Although I have never camped outside at the neighborhood electronics store to buy some new gadget gizmo (yet), I have always nurtured a keen interest in the ways technology may be leveraged to change behaviors or solve real problems. I may be a little biased, but in my opinion there is no better use of technology than for the modernization of healthcare. And since healthcare has been a hot topic lately, with robust incentives in place to help drive adoption of technology, lots of people are paying attention.

Perhaps that’s why the HIMSS 2011 conference broke all previous attendance records in February when 31,000 attendees from around the world assembled in Orlando to learn about the latest healthcare IT innovations.

In alignment with the theme of this year’s conference “Linking people, potential, and progress,” Adobe satisfied a twofold objective for exhibiting at HIMSS. First, we demonstrated our commitment to an evolving healthcare ecosystem by highlighting Adobe solutions that have impacted major segments, including payers, providers, and government agencies, with powerful digital experiences.

Next, we celebrated our engagement with the extensive network of developers and integrators throughout the Adobe partner community. Our exhibit theater provided a forum for select partners to deliver compelling presentations on relevant topics including:

  • “Collaborative Healthcare:  Improving the Patient Experience and Reducing Cost” by InteSolv
  • “Tomorrow’s Health Record: Mobile, Intuitive and Secure” by Ensemble
  • “Medicaid Provider Management & Member Eligibility Solutions” by eServices

Partner engagement, a major contributor to Adobe’s far-reaching success in healthcare, remains in focus as we leave HIMSS and prepare for our Enterprise Partner Community Conference in New Orleans. Emphasizing the power of intuitive and effective Customer Experience Management (CEM) solutions, Adobe will bring new meaning to this vibrant city’s alias “Big Easy.”

 

 

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March 16, 2011

Miami-Dade Police Department and Adobe Connect for Training

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Sergeant Sean Holtz of the Training Bureau at Miami-Dade Police Department (MDPD) recently talked about the department’s decision to use Adobe Connect to provide officers with simple, dependable access to rich, interactive online training courses. Holtz says, “The Adobe solution provides an intuitive, convenient platform for us to create and deliver vital training to officers in every area of our department, regardless of location.”

Holtz likes how Adobe Connect enables MDPD to determine whether or not information is sticking with officers by testing their comprehension and retention.  MDPD can easily add or modify the existing content to make it more effective to train officers.

Check out the complete story here.

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February 10, 2011

New XMPP Chat Extension for Adobe Connect – Available Now

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Our colleagues on the Adobe Connect team announced today that they’ve released a new XMPP multi-user chat pod for Adobe Connect 8 meetings.

This is a new meeting extension that lets Adobe Connect users participate in multi-user XMPP-based chat sessions – chatting directly with users participating in the chat using other tools like Jabber or Adium. This extends the collaborative possibilities of Adobe Connect into existing presence and IM systems, allowing text chats to integrate with, and escalate into, the richer Adobe Connect meeting environment.

There’s more detail available on the Adobe Connect blog, and you can download the extension directly from the Adobe Exchange here.

You can keep up-to-date on everything Adobe Connect by following our colleagues @AdobeConnect.

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February 3, 2011

A Conversation with Barry Leffew, Adobe VP of Public Sector: Part 2 of 2

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Our recent conversation with Barry Leffew, Adobe vice president of Public Sector Sales, continues today with the second of a two-part series. Today, Barry discusses:

  • 0:05 – The breadth of Adobe’s presence in Government today
  • 0:46 – Key trends in Government IT
  • 1:30 – The importance of customer experience and how it applies to Government
  • 2:25 – What the future holds for Government IT

 

If you haven’t yet, check out the first part of the conversation here.

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January 11, 2011

Introducing Public Sector Adobe Connect Users Group

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Hi – Bryan Muntzer here. I’m manager of Adobe solutions at Emergent, an Adobe partner. We’re a Public Sector IT Solutions Provider, with over 75 years of experience providing government customers with solutions to enhance their IT infrastructure.  For the last four years, the Emergent – Adobe team has spent the majority of its time helping customers improve the way they collaborate – by demonstrating to them the capabilities and benefits of Adobe Connect.

Because the government world is unique in so many ways (when compared to the private sector), we decided to start a users group for individuals in government agencies using Adobe Connect today (and we know there are a lot of you out there…).

The Public Sector Adobe Connect Users Group was created so folks at government agencies can continue to collaborate, and discuss best practices—and any issues—around using Adobe Connect in a complex IT environment. Whether its dealing with Section 508 compliance, certification and accreditation, best practices around contracts and procurement, or any number of other creative use cases – this Users Group will allow you to stay current on what’s new with Adobe Connect, but importantly also discuss how you and your peers are using the solution today.

The Users Group features information about upcoming events, active discussions among members, and a variety of related resources. We encourage you to check out the site, become a member, and start engaging with your peers and us. We look forward to see and “talking” with you there.

Cheers,

Bryan

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November 18, 2010

The 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010

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Recently, President Obama signed into law the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010. The Act includes a number of provisions intended to increase access to video programming on television and the Internet, require access to the user interfaces used to access information online via smartphones, and require access to on-screen menus for DVD players and set-top boxes. You can read more about the Act and Adobe’s thoughts on it on the Adobe Accessibility blog.

We caught up with Andrew Kirkpatrick, group product manager for accessibility at Adobe, directly after he attended the signing event at the White House. Please check out the following video for Andrew’s thoughts on the Act and the event.

A transcript of the video is available in YouTube and in PDF here.

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