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Today Acrobat Goes to “11”

October 1 marks a major milestone for the Adobe Acrobat business. We’re launching Adobe Acrobat XI. Acrobat XI software with cloud services is a powerful new solution that rises to today’s complex document challenges for creating, consuming, sharing and securing PDF content across devices and platforms.

We’ve added several much-asked-for features that are aimed at making life easier for information workers like you. Acrobat XI features complete PDF editing and export to PowerPoint; touch-friendly capabilities on tablets; sophisticated web contracting with Adobe EchoSign; and forms creation, data collection and analysis with Adobe FormsCentral.

We’ve added features IT people have asked for, too:  seamless Microsoft Office and SharePoint integration, easy deployment, applications virtualization and robust application security to provide a low cost of ownership and sound return on investment.

The new Acrobat XI family includes Acrobat XI, Adobe Reader XI and newly integrated document services, Adobe FormsCentral and Adobe EchoSign.

It’s About Productivity

The explosion of digital documents in the workplace has created new challenges for productivity.  With Acrobat XI we’re taking on the issues that are dragging down individual and organizational productivity.

Each week, individual information workers spend half their time searching, filing, organizing, merging and editing comments, obtaining signatures, reviewing feedback and consolidating data, or collaborating with people outside their organizations. IT departments struggle with integrating and managing a diversity of platforms, devices and services, while trying to protect sensitive corporate IP and personal information.

Information workers are asking:  “How do I do what I was doing before, but work in this new environment?”

And organizations of all types are faced with adapting to this complexity, while driving their businesses forward, wondering: “How do I accelerate revenue, secure my IP and continue to evolve my workers capabilities to meet these new challenges?”

These productivity, collaboration, device and security issues have a significant impact on organizations. We’re calling this the Document Productivity Gap. The key to closing the gap is to recognize  that it is a set of compounding issues, multiple, little things that add up to have a big impact.

We asked IDC to take a closer look at these inefficiencies and the impact document-based challenges have on information workers and IT professionals.  One finding startled me. According to a recent global IDC white paper, sponsored by Adobe, the addressable impact of these inefficiencies on an organization of 1,000 employees is almost $16 million annually.  And those are the addressable gaps – not theoretical nirvana that is impossible to reach, but very realistic, tangible gaps that can be closed today. For example, if we could bridge the gap we could add 21.3 percent to an organization’s resources – or the equivalent of 213 employees for every 1,000 people at an organization.  Even if we recover just half of this productivity loss, it could equal hiring close to 100 new employees for a 1,000 person organization.  Imagine the impact of 100 new engineers, salespeople, marketers or IT professionals?

What “11” Means: Customers Weigh In

With the new release, we have made significant innovations across the desktop and the cloud to address the gap.  We wanted to:

  • Enable information workers to unlock PDF content with comprehensive tools for both editing and content reuse.
  • Accelerate document exchange using PDF and the web, forms data collection, review, approvals and eSignatures.
  • Empower employees to be productive on the go with PDF on tablets and smartphones.
  • Mitigate risk and lower IT costs with the most advanced document and application security.

It looks like we’ve succeeded. Acrobat XI has gotten high marks from customers that were in our beta program. These customers are typical of those dealing with the gap.

Security is high on the list for many. Mike Mann, release and deployment analyst at tax and finance consultancy, McGladrey, said, “Our client information is sensitive, so document security is critical. Acrobat XI offers advance document protection capabilities that are easier than ever for our staff to uniformly secure documents.”

Bill Lunsford of BBDO Atlanta likes the speed and efficiency he gets with the integrated services, especially EchoSign. “The new EchoSign features within Adobe Acrobat XI will streamline everyday tasks. These days, no one is going to stand at a fax machine to wait for approvals. Being able to electronically sign a PDF on cost estimates for a project will accelerate go-to-market schedules.”

Yvonne Willis, enterprise applications and project manager at Pillsbury Law, echoed that: “Security is the talk of the town. All of our clients expect the highest level of security, from our documents through our applications and IT environment. Acrobat XI provides key security enhancements that support both users and IT professionals.”

Regarding accelerating document exchange, Saul Morse, vice president of multichannel integration, Palio, said, “Acrobat XI now makes it even easier and faster to create PDF forms and to automatically distribute and collect information with new online forms services available within Acrobat XI.”

But BBDO Atlanta’s Lunsford summed up Acrobat XI best: “I leverage the heck out of Adobe Acrobat because I can cut down on the resources and my IT department loves me.”

Today is October 1. Mark it down as the day we close the gap.

Kevin M. Lynch, SVP and GM of Acrobat and Document Services, Adobe

Follow Kevin on Twitter: @LynchKevinM

Earth Day and the Power of Personal Connections

Today is Earth Day, and in 2011 we are encouraged by the Earth Day Network to join its “people-powered” campaign of pledging our acts of environmental service, with the goal of reaching a billion Acts of Green by 2012. It’s no secret that as a company, Adobe has been at the forefront of implementing green operating practices – in fact, we were the world’s first business to achieve four Platinum-level certifications for energy and environmental design excellence by the U.S. Green Building Council.

This year I also find myself reflecting on the various ways that our enterprise technology helps organizations leverage green business practices that ultimately help them decrease their environmental footprint, while increasing business efficiency and connecting people across geographies and time zones.

Acrobat solutions allow our customers to reduce the use of paper documents, while Adobe Connect makes it possible for people to collaborate and communicate globally in real time, helping reduce business travel and its related environmental impact.

For example, the U.S. Government Printing Office was able to save 20 million tons of paper over five years by using Acrobat and LiveCycle to generate, authenticate and share documents electronically. Adobe Connect enabled more than 50,000 SAP employees to communicate around the world instantly, reducing the company’s travel by as much as 90%.

And all along we have been focused with our Customer Experience Management platform on delivering highly personalized, engaging online interactions between enterprises and their customers to power great customer experiences that build brand loyalty without all the environmental damage caused by burning fuel for worldwide travel and wasting paper when electronic means would suffice.

That’s why I found it so interesting when I heard recently about an acquaintance who received a personal, handwritten note – not a personalized email – from leading online retailer Amazon.com, thanking him for his business over the past nine years.  That act of personal outreach had a marked impact.  He not only felt valued by Amazon.com after receiving this note, he now associates a human face with the company.

Can this be done in more environmentally friendly ways?  Of course it can.  Record a quick Flash video and send it on to someone you want to thank.  Send them a personalized PDF portfolio complete with pictures of past experiences together.  The Amazon story is about personal touch – about a real person inside a company reaching out to another real person to establish trust and loyalty.  Just because we are using greener means to communicate doesn’t mean we have to lose the essence of one-to-one personal communication.  In fact in many cases the technology allows us to do it more effectively.

This act of a real person at Amazon.com reaching out to a customer in a very personal way underscores the desire for us to connect with each other, even in our always-on, always-connected online business and personal lives.

We have powerful technology that enables us to know our customers and connect across geographies without the need to ever leave our offices — and that’s a great thing. Yet, we shouldn’t forget that behind the technology lie people.

And so on this Earth Day, I’m going to follow the “people-powered” examples of the Earth Day Network and leverage our great technologies to send something personal – you should do the same!

– Rob

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People Are Talking

It’s been nearly three months since we announced Acrobat X and we’ve been getting stellar reviews from many of you — our customers.

Check out today’s Acrobat blog post from Mark Grilli, Director of Product Marketing, Acrobat Solutions, as he shares  Acrobat X customer insights and commentary that we’ve been hearing along the way.

What we’re learning is that listening to you through our pre-release program and the many pre-announce customer meetings really paid off. These meetings gave us first-hand insight into how you see your business success and the important role Acrobat plays in helping you achieve those goals. Read the full post here.

Want to share your insights on Acrobat X, send Mark an email, mgrilli@adobe.com. We’re looking forward to hearing from you.

Announcing Adobe Technical Communication Suite 3

We’re excited to announce the next release of Adobe’s end-to-end suite for technical communicators –Adobe Technical Communication Suite 3. The suite lets technical writers, help authors and instructional designers author, enrich, manage, review and “single-click” publish technical information in multiple languages and formats, and to multiple devices.

Included with this release are completely updated versions of the core products –Adobe FrameMaker 10 (template-based authoring/publishing) and Adobe RoboHelp 9 (help and knowledgebase authoring/publishing). The suite is rounded out with Adobe Captivate 5, Adobe Photoshop CS5 and Adobe Acrobat X Pro.

The team has been working hard to incorporate compelling customer feedback. We’ve heard time and again that our customers’ end users are demanding richer, more dynamic and increasingly interactive content. To that end, Technical Communication Suite 3 offers several workflow improvements and usability enhancements. Authors can easily include 3D models, training demos and simulations in their projects and build in access to external sources such as Google search results, blogs, wikis and forums. The software now supports more than 45 video and audio formats and outputs comment- and rating-enabled documentation, driving engagement by encouraging response.

Significantly improved, Technical Communication 3 will help end the long reign of static documentation – our tools are building the next generation of content that will ultimately solve consumer problems.

Becoming an Acrobat Wizard – What’s Behind the Curtain?

The Nike Swoosh. The Golden Arches. The italicized Microsoft brand. The Adobe PDF Trefoil.

You don’t mess with an iconic logo – certainly not one that’s been associated with highly successful software that debuted 17 years ago and is ubiquitous on computers worldwide.

But lo and behold, with today’s shipping announcement of Acrobat X, Adobe has launched a campaign creative expression that playfully leverages the iconic PDF Trefoil. And Wizard hats. Specifically, the Wizard hat, adorned by ‘Acrobat Wizards’ in ads now appearing on the Web:

So what’s the story behind these ‘Acrobat Wizards?’ Check out today’s Acrobat blog post from Nick Bell, Director, Campaign Marketing, Digital Enterprise Solutions Business Group, and hear more about the team’s recently launched creative expression campaign.

Welcome to Our Cloud

There’s a major shift taking place in the workplace today. We’re moving from relying on a single desktop computer, or sharing enterprise-class server resources, to drawing on services in the cloud. What’s more, each of us uses more than one machine. Besides our laptops, we likely have a computer at home, and we have a neat little computer that fits in our pockets, we call a smart phone.

As these devices have allowed us to become more connected, the need to be able to exchange documents easily becomes more and more critical to business as well as personal success. There is no longer any reason to tie documents to one machine. We should be able to get access to and retrieve and view those files reliably no matter where we are and no matter what device we are using at the time. And this is where the cloud delivers value.

Just a few weeks ago, we announced the new Acrobat X software family, including new cloud services from Acrobat.com. Today, we’re announcing the availability of those new services – Adobe SendNow and Adobe CreatePDF. Both services are ready to help you solve real business and collaboration problems now.

Check out the full blog post with insights from Mark Grilli, Director of Product Marketing, Acrobat Solutions, at Adobe for more on the Acrobat family blog, here.

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Acrobat X: A New World of Document Collaboration & Innovation

Today, we introduced the Adobe Acrobat X software family the next generation of software solutions and services that empowers professionals to innovate and create high-quality content, while driving tighter collaboration and productivity across teams in today’s dynamic business environments.

Acrobat X delivers new guided Actions to simplify multi-step document preparation and publishing processes; completely new customization capabilities in PDF Portfolios to unify multiple file types into a compelling presentation; new document services on Acrobat.com to give individuals the ability to collaborate more efficiently. Integration with Microsoft SharePoint enables consistency of PDF documents across the enterprise; and re-use of content is now easier with higher quality export to Microsoft Word and Excel.

But today’s news is really about a dramatic improvement in how we exchange and collaborate on documents. Check out the full blog post with insights from Kevin M. Lynch, vice president and general manager of Acrobat, Digital Enterprise Solutions Group at Adobe for more on the Acrobat family blog.

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3D Solutions Update – Agreement with PROSTEP

Today we have more news to communicate about Adobe’s 3D technology business. As I mentioned in my blog post in May, Adobe is committed to providing a set of strong, broad platform technologies on which our partners can build vertical-specific solutions, as well as working with vertical-focused partners that can bring 3D technology to our combined customers.

To that end, PROSTEP AG today announced it has signed a definitive agreement to license technology from Adobe for development of a 3D translation server product. Additionally, PROSTEP has a license to resell Adobe LiveCycle PDF Generator 3D ES2 until a PROSTEP replacement product is offered. The interim product will be named PROSTEP PDF Generator 3D for Adobe LiveCycle ES2. Similar to Tech Soft 3D, PROSTEP is a long-term Adobe partner with extensive experience in the manufacturing industry, and is a leading solution provider for PLM integration, product data exchange and integration of enterprise systems into a single, overall PLM process.

As with our Tech Soft 3D partnership, we believe our customers will benefit from Adobe’s partnership with PROSTEP through their global presence, as well as their commitment to provide long-term support for Adobe’s enterprise customers in the aerospace, defense and automotive segments where LiveCycle PDF Generator 3D ES2 has been adopted. One of the most important capabilities we considered when partnering with PROSTEP was their ability to support the integration of multiple enterprise systems, including PDM, CRM and ERP systems, with server-based 3D PDF translation solutions. We know PROSTEP has strong experience with supporting enterprise customers and integrating disparate enterprise systems together.

Of course, current customers of LiveCycle PDF Generator ES2 may have questions about how they will be affected by the transition of responsibilities to PROSTEP. Adobe will continue to provide support to current customers on LiveCycle PDF Generator 3D ES, and PROSTEP will be able to assist those who wish to receive the latest version (LiveCycle PDF Generator 3D ES2).

Additionally, I’d like to emphasize that Adobe is committed to the future development of the LiveCycle platform, and Adobe believes that there are several benefits for manufacturing customers who use LiveCycle document services such as LiveCycle Reader Extensions, Rights Management, and Forms. From managing, reviewing and tracking design reviews inside and outside of the organization, to digitally signing and validating PDF documents in a 3D workflow, to protecting and controlling sensitive information in 3D PDF files, the LiveCycle platform helps organizations — including those in the manufacturing industry — improve operational efficiencies while enabling more effective communication with customers and partners.

PROSTEP has been a trusted partner of Adobe’s over the years with our LiveCycle products. We believe this expanded partnership will help achieve an even higher level of use of 3D PDF technology in the global manufacturing industry, and we are looking forward to collaborating closely with PROSTEP to better serve our customers and partners in this market.

The Next Major Step in Adobe Reader Security

Adobe Reader has a ubiquity and cross-platform reach that few software products can match. This same ubiquity and reach has attracted increasing attention from attackers looking to target the largest possible number of users for maximum gain. Over the last year, Adobe has publicly discussed a number of product security initiatives around Adobe Reader – starting with the May 2009 blog post by Brad Arkin, Adobe’s senior director of product security and privacy, about a major security initiative underway for both Adobe Reader and Acrobat.  
 
Today, Adobe is announcing the next major step in our Adobe Reader product security initiative – the development of Adobe Reader Protected Mode (in the technical community referred to as “sandboxing”). For additional details on this announcement, see today’s Adobe Security Software Engineering Team (ASSET) blog post by Brad Arkin.  
 
This is exciting news and demonstrates our commitment to help protect our users in the face of a constantly evolving threat landscape. Adobe products are relied on by individuals and organizations worldwide, and the security of our products and customers will always be a key priority for us.

Acrobat Takes Gold!

While the World Cup winners are still a few vuvuzelas away, Acrobat has captured gold at the 2010 Effie Awards for its dynamic PDF work with ESPN on the NCAA’s Ultimate Tourney Guide.

Enabling fantasy basketball fans to become the most valuable players in their offices, users experienced the many dynamic PDF capabilities of Acrobat throughout the tournament. Instead of offering the static tournament bracket for download, ESPN used the Adobe Acrobat 9 interactive PDF format to dynamically update the desktop file with real-time feeds of news, video and game results during the NCAA tournament.

Besides taking gold in Effie’s Media Innovations category, the Adobe Acrobat 9 collaboration with ESPN and the NCAA resulted in 229,275 PDF downloads and 22,794 Reader 9 downloads.

Experience Acrobat 9 yourself to see what all buzz is about by downloading it here.

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