CQ Cloud Manager beta…

Over at the Experience Delivers blog, Pierre Tager – Adobe Group Product Manager for Enterprise Cloud – talks about Cloud Manager, an innovative cloud service enabling reduced time and costs for provisioning, managing, and metering Web Experience Management (WEM) solutions supporting digital marketing initiatives.

In an era where enterprises are facing ever-growing competition, digital marketers are demanding to accelerate their go-to-market strategy to build their brand, while creating demand and increasing reach for their products. As marketers, you’ve all been there: Great marketing campaign idea. Check. Social Community. Check. Implementation time…hmm. That’s where it falls flat. How many times have marketing initiatives been held up due to the time it takes to negotiate and buy software? Provision IT resources? Download, install and configure? Fellow marketers, wait no more! Adobe is bringing it all together with a new technology, that combines the best Web platform and modern cloud computing. Introducing Adobe CQ Cloud Manager, designed to help marketers accelerate time to market and provide competitive differentiation in today’s ever-changing digital landscape.

Read the complete blog post here. 

Join the beta program here.

 

Adobe LiveCycle ES3 is here!

Adobe has just announced the release of LiveCycle ES3. Dave Welch, Senior Director – LiveCycle, writes about the new release on the Adobe LiveCycle Blog:

LiveCycle ES3 contains the document and data services capabilities, including electronic forms and business processes, which were formerly part of the Adobe Digital Enterprise Platform (ADEP), a brand that is being retired.

The new LiveCycle ES3 release incorporates:

  • Document services capabilities available with ADEP and the recent ADEP Document Services service pack 1
  • LiveCycle Data Services 4.6.1
  • Updates to LiveCycle Connectors for Microsoft® SharePoint® and IBM® FileNet

LiveCycle offers a number of components that help extend the value of existing back-end systems by better engaging users, streamlining processes, managing correspondence, and strengthening security. These components are:

  • Modules: Reader Extensions, Forms, Output, Digital Signatures, Rights Management, Process Management, PDF Generation
  • Tools: Workbench, Designer
  • Solutions: Correspondence Management
  • ECM Connectors: SharePoint, IBM Filenet, Documentum, IBM CM
  • Advanced Offerings: Data Services

The FAQ capturing more details about LiveCycle ES3 and ADEP is here.

Adobe LeanPrint is here!

Adobe has just released LeanPrint, an enterprise-class, software-only printing solution that dramatically reduces printing costs by using an innovative method to redo the layout of documents while printing from popular applications and browsers.

Adobe LeanPrint also lets you track print jobs and costs, and analyze paper and toner savings arising from LeanPrint usage at the document, user, and organization levels.

Here’s an excerpt from an Adobe blog post:

Adobe LeanPrint is printing software that reduces costs by implementing patent-pending technologies from Adobe that automatically fine-tune formatting, colors and layout regardless of the printing device — inkjet or laser, personal or networked printer. LeanPrint provides plug-ins to common desktop applications such as Adobe Acrobat®, Adobe Reader®, Microsoft® Excel®, Microsoft Word and common browsers that typically account for the majority of printing in the enterprise and home. LeanPrint allows final output to be shown before the user sends the document to the printer ensuring visual assurance of a streamlined execution.

While other solutions aim to reduce the environmental impact by setting printing quotas or routing to a specific printer, LeanPrint takes a different approach by using less pages in Super Saver mode and providing a Toner Saver option to create smarter, less toner-heavy prints. With LeanPrint software, customers can easily choose settings to obtain a clear picture of the savings for each print job within the print preview and quantify the amount of paper and toner being used. With My Savings, savings achieved over days, months and years from within LeanPrint can be conveniently monitored and tracked, providing an incentive to save.

Some useful resources

Localizing Images: Cultural Aspects and Visual Metaphors

In May 2011, I had the opportunity to deliver a session titled Localizing Images: Cultural Aspects and Visual Metaphors at the STC Technical Communication Summit in Sacramento, California. It was a great experience speaking on this topic to a predominantly American audience, since there was cultural exchange happening right from the word Go.

A variation of the session was also accepted on the program for the 2011 STC India Conference. I was looking forward to traveling to Chennai to present the session on December 3. Unfortunately, a middle ear infection played spoilsport and the doctor forbade me from flying for at least a couple of weeks. My colleague, Nandini Gupta, then graciously agreed to present the session on my behalf.

A slide deck for the session is embedded below:

Localizing Images: Cultural Aspects and Visual Metaphors

You can download an audio recording of my session at the STC Summit from this link (~9 MB). The recording should be used in conjunction with the slide deck.
There’s more! The paper (accompanying this session) published in the Proceedings of the conference is embedded below. Happy reading!

Localizing Images: Cultural Aspects and Visual Metaphors

Captivate Getting Started: Create awesome demo videos in a Flash!

If you haven’t already caught the wind, Adobe Captivate Getting Started is a multimedia series of articles, tutorials, and instructional videos that put you on the path to accelerated Cp learning. The series includes:

  • 100 short articles/tutorials that would help you get started with Adobe Captivate features
  • 30+ videos and demonstration that explain the procedures to perform the tasks

Yup, we didn’t mistype those numbers — 100 and 30!

The Getting Started series is workflow-based. You, the user, are guided step-by-step to create and publish projects using Cp. The workflows are categorized as Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced, keeping in mind users at different skill levels.

For example, a Basic user is presented with a simple workflow with four quick steps to create a sample demo. An Advanced user begins a notch higher — learning how to design and set-up a video-publication process, and then creating final, professional-quality video output.

Wondering where to begin? Use the table below to determine your existing expertise level and jump right in.

Task Basic Intermediate Advanced
Design

Create storyboards and standardize the look and feel for your projects using templates. Create standard styles for objects that you use in your projects.

Set up

Set up the content development environment by customizing the workspace. Specify the preferences for your projects, such as the publishing location, reporting options for quiz results, and default recording settings.

Create Learn how to record your actions in an application or a screen area.
 

Learn how to create different types of projects.

Create projects by leveraging the existing content, such as MS PPTs or images, or by creating new content and recording your demonstrations.

Edit and Enhance Learn how to add text captions and adjust the timing of these text captions. 

Learn how to choose the preferences for your projects. Also, how to add more slides and objects, and edit them in your project.

Engage your users with interactive objects and widgets, videos, and narration.

Enrich Learn how to make the objects and slides interesting by adding effects and transitions to them. 

Make your projects interesting and engaging by adding effects to objects and slides. 

Aggregate Integrate multiple courses into a single course using Aggregator. 

Preview Learn how to preview your project before publishing it. 

Learn how to preview a project or only the required slides during content development. 

Know how your project looks when it is played to your users. Preview specific slides to refine and tweak interactivity and branching of slides. 

Share Colloborate with your co-workers and reviewers by sharing your projects. 

Share your projects with other co-workers and reviewers. 

Publish Learn how to publish your project as a SWF file. 

Learn how to publish your projects in different formats such as SWF, EXE, APP, and F4V. Also, learn how to host your projects on Adobe Connect Pro or an FTP server. 

Publish your projects in different formats, such as SWF, EXE, APP, and F4V. Learn how to host your projects on an LMS, Adobe Connect Pro, or FTP servers. 

So, get started right away!

If you know other resources that will help, add the links as comments below.

Join me at STC Summit 2011

I’m excited to share that I’ll be part of STC Summit 2011, presenting the following two sessions:

A session summary for the second session is available from the STC Learning Center. If you want to read it right away, download the PDF from this URL.

I look forward to meeting you at the Summit!

Checked out Adobe Forms Central yet?

If you haven’t done that already, take a look at the new Adobe Forms Central web application that lets you easily create, distribute, and analyze online forms.

Interested in knowing more? Watch the demo below.

The Adobe TV Community Translation project

Adobe has just launched an innovative project, Adobe TV Community Translation. The project, as described on the Adobe TV site, extends the reach of Adobe TV content by enabling volunteer translators worldwide to translate videos into any language. I have already signed up as a translator for Hindi.

Nandini Gupta, my colleague, has shared information about the project at the Technical Communication Suite blog.  I am including the details verbatim below:

Participants in the program use a simple, intuitive interface provided by our partner dotSUB to translate the closed-captioning titles line-by-line. The translation becomes available as a closed-captioning track on the video, and also appears as a searchable, interactive transcript alongside the video.

The Community Translation page on the Adobe TV site has detailed information about the project, including translator resources such as guidelines and FAQ. For your quick understanding, here are some excerpts from the FAQ.

Who can translate for Adobe TV?

Anyone with fluency in English and at least one other language can apply to be a translator. To apply to be a translator, visit the Become a Translator page and fill out the questionnaire. Once you are approved, you will receive instructions on how to set up an account with our technology partner dotSUB. You will perform all your translations through dotSUB’s website.

Will you get paid to translate Adobe TV content?

Adobe TV translators are volunteers, so there is no payment for completing translations. For every minute of video you translate, you will earn 50 Adobe TV points. Translators with at least 2,000 Adobe TV points get their profile featured in the Translator Showcase, which will launch soon.

How much time do you get to complete your translation?

When you choose a video to translate, you will have 30 days to complete the translation.

When I finish my translation, will it automatically be posted?

All translated episodes go through a review process before they can be posted to the site.

So if you’re aware that an audience in a language that you know can benefit from translated videos, sign up and get going. There have already been 154 translations completed, in 25 different languages. A list of translated videos is available at http://tv.adobe.com/translations/watch.

Technical Communication Suite 3 is here!

Technical Communication Suite 3 has now gone live!

Some of the new features include:

  • Robust single sourcing and publishing to multiple devices including ePub from both FrameMaker and RoboHelp environments (TCS special versions).
  • Seamless review and collaboration.
  • Improved cross-product integration.
  • Complete suite supports scripting, thus strengthening automation workflows.
  • Improved search capability in the outputs.
  • Ability to directly link DITA files.
  • Rich multi-media support
  • And More…

For updates and helpful information, stay tuned to this blog! Visit the product page here on Adobe.com.

RoboHelp 9 and RoboHelp Server 9 are now out!

RoboHelp 9 and RoboHelp Server 9 are now out! Excerpt from the introductory blog post by Ankur Jain, Product Manager – RoboHelp:

With version 9, we are taking RoboHelp and RoboHelp Server to the next level by helping our customers incorporate important industry trends taking place today into their TechComm workflows. Trends such as user-generated content, community-based user assistance, Rich Internet Applications, content personalization, single-sourcing, multidevice publishing, rich media, the Cloud and many others.

Read the complete blog post here.

And yes, if you aren’t already aware, Technical Communication Suite 3, comprising five of Adobe’s industry-leading technical communication products, is now available as well.

Stay tuned for more updates!