Adobe Systems updates Acrobat.com in ways designed to make working together across organizations even easier than before, including mobile access. The company also recently announced beta availability of Adobe Flash Player 10.1 and Adobe AIR 2.0.
announced on Nov. 20 a new release of Acrobat.com that
features several major updates designed to make working together across
organizations even easier than before, including mobile access. The company
also on Nov. 17 announced beta availability of Adobe Flash Player 10.1 and
Adobe AIR 2.0.
The newly enhanced Acrobat.com incorporates more than 35 customer-suggested
features, and has an easy-to-use online file organizer that allows users to
store, share and organize files, create PDF files, launch online office
applications, and initiate Web meetings, according to Adobe.
Rick Treitman, director of product management for Acrobat.com, said with
this set of applications, users can:
"- Easily share files: Users can
work together across organizations without the hassle of using ftp servers or
worrying about e-mailing large files.
- Access work from anywhere: Any
Internet-connected computer or supported smartphone gives users real-time
access to all of their files on Acrobat.com.
- Collaborate in real-time: Users can
easily conduct Web meetings from Macs or PCs with Adobe ConnectNow.
- Improve productivity: With
applications such as Adobe Buzzword, users can easily work together to
co-author and obtain feedback on documents, without the need for multiple
"Acrobat.com is about taking advantage of the Web's ability to connect
people in new and powerful ways," Treitman said in a statement. "Adobe's
online tools give people the advantage of working together from anywhere, and
from virtually any device. This release of Acrobat.com is another step in
helping people collaborate and communicate with ease and flexibility."
Meanwhile, the Acrobat.com mobile application created by Adobe partner ScanR
enables users to upload document images from a supported mobile phone and have
them automatically stored as searchable PDF files in Acrobat.com, Treitman
said. In addition, users can read their files stored in Acrobat.com, share
files with others and fax documents from their Acrobat.com organizer or
directly from their smartphone. Users of the free service will be able to send
two outbound faxes and upload up to five documents from a mobile phone. An
upgrade is available for users that need to fax or upload more documents.
Also new in this release are enhancements to Buzzword, as well as
Presentations and Tables, which were formerly on Acrobat.com Labs and now are
available as betas.
"Beta versions of Adobe AIR 2 and
Adobe Flash Player 10.1 software are now available from Adobe Labs for Windows,
Mac and Linux operating systems. Flash Player 10.1 is also available for
x86-based netbooks, and expected to be available across a broad spectrum of
smartphones and other Internet-connected devices in 2010," Adobe said in a
news release Nov.17.
"Adobe AIR 2 builds on the success
of AIR 1.0, which has been installed on more
than 200 million desktop computers and adopted across industries by companies
such as Atlantic Records, DIRECTV, FedEx, The New York Times Company and
Salesforce.com. With AIR 2, developers can
create more reliable and feature-rich applications in the desktop context, and
they can easily add AIR 2 functionality to
update current AIR 1.0 applications. New AIR
2 features include enhanced support for mass storage devices and native
application processes, as well as peer-to-peer and UDP [User Datagram Protocol]
networking," Adobe said.
"Adobe AIR 2 and Flash Player 10.1
also bring innovations and optimizations from mobile devices to the desktop.
For example, designers and developers can now create entirely new types of
applications that use multitouch points and gestures on touch screen devices.
Instead of using a mouse, users touch the screen to interact with content and
applications," the release continued.
"With the beta availability of Adobe AIR
2 and Flash Player 10.1, we are taking an important step toward realizing the
Open Screen Project vision to enable rich Internet experiences across any
device, anywhere," said David Wadhwani, general manager and vice president
of Adobe's Platform Business Unit. "Content creators will provide multiscreen
experiences with uncompromised Web browsing and stand-alone applications across
desktops and netbooks, and in the near future across a wide range of mobile
"Flash Player 10.1 is the first consistent browser run-time release of
the Open Screen Project that will enable uncompromised Web browsing of
expressive applications, content and high-definition (HD) videos across the
desktop and devices. Flash Player 10.1 takes advantage of new media delivery
options using HTTP streaming coupled with content protection powered by Adobe
Flash Access 2.0. Additionally, Flash Player 10.1 now leverages hardware
decoding of H.264 video on Windows PCs, netbooks and mobile devices where
available, to conserve battery life and deliver an exceptional video playback
experience," Adobe said.
"With the HP TouchSmart PC, we're enhancing how people interact with
their favorite sites and applications," Satjiv Chahil, senior vice
president of Worldwide Marketing for HP's Personal Systems Group, said in a
statement. "Now that developers can optimize Flash Player and Adobe AIR
content for touch screens with multitouch, the HP TouchSmart will be an even
more compelling platform for developers to build truly distinctive
touch-interactive experiences. HP and its partners have created a number of
touch-centric programs such as the Time 100 and US News and World
Report Best Colleges
using Adobe AIR. HP will continue to
innovate with touch-focused solutions based on Adobe products."