Adobe launches Acrobat.com Workspaces, a new collaboration space that enables teams inside and outside of organizations to work together on projects.
Adobe has launched Acrobat.com
Workspaces, a new collaboration space that enables teams inside and
outside of organizations to work together on projects.
Rick Treitman, director of product management for Acrobat.com, said with Workspaces, team
members can store and organize project content online, and easily share and
manage team access to files-eliminating the need to continually e-mail updates.
Acrobat.com is a set of hosted services that facilitate internal and
external collaboration between individuals and teams. In just a few
clicks, people can create Workspaces, store and share documents, and convert
files to PDF, said Mangesh Bhandarkar for Acrobat.com. Teams can also meet in
real time and share their screens using Adobe ConnectNow, or create documents
and tables with online office applications, such as Buzzword and Acrobat.com
Tables. And as with all of the Acrobat.com services, Workspaces are built on
the Adobe Flash Platform and operate inside a Web browser. Apart from the
Adobe Flash Player, no additional software installation is required, which
makes it easy and convenient for teams to start collaborating.
Treitman said Acrobat.com was launched in June 2008 as a set of free and
paid services-with paid subscriptions coming in June 2009. To date, there have
been more than 10 million signups, with 100,000 new ones each week, he said.
Teams can create Shared Workspaces to store and share a set of files related
to a project, letting distributed team members work together across time zones
and firewalls, with no special file sharing software or IT involvement
necessary, Bhandarkar said. Workspaces help increase the productivity of
project teams by letting members efficiently work together through central,
Moreover, users simply access an online Workspace to review and collaborate
on documents. Workspace administration privileges can be assigned to specific
team members to help maintain control over who has what level of access to each
project's documents. Each individual also has his or her own Personal Workspace
on Acrobat.com to store and work on documents before they are ready to be
shared with a broader team.
Acrobat.com users can create one free Shared Workspace, while Premium Basic
subscribers can create 20 Workspaces and Premium Plus subscribers can create an
unlimited number of Workspaces. The basic Acrobat.com service is free, the
Premium Basic subscription is $14.99 a month or $149 a year, and the Premium
Plus subscription is $39 a month or $390 a year. For more information on
Acrobat.com Workspaces, go to blogs.adobe.com/acom.
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