Breaking News: Adobe announces Acrobat 8 (exclusive videos)

Adobe just released Acrobat 8 and last week I got an exclusive look at it through my camera lens when Rick Brown, Director of Product Management of the Knowledge Worker business unit gave me a demo. I really liked the forms handling and collaboration features. It’s best to download the video and watch it off of your hard drive. I did two videos for PodTech News. One, the above demo, and two, an interview with Rick where we talk about the state of Acrobat.

The official press release is here.
Another press release is here on the Adobe Connect collaboration family of products.

The official Acrobat 8 site is here. The player isn’t updated yet (coming in November), I’ll watch for when that comes online, should be linked off of this site when it’s ready.

I originally planned these videos to be part of my new show, but my site isn’t quite ready yet, so we’re running these on PodTech’s news channel.

Things that caught my eye about the new Acrobat? The new forms engine. It kicks ass. You put in a document with a form layout on it (like what we used to do in Pagemaker for Thunder Lizard — a brochure with a form on it). It looks like something that you’d get in the mail. But then you stick it through Acrobat and it puts a form on it that you can fill out from your computer.

Also, this is where we see a good integration of the stuff Macromedia was working on (the collaboration pieces) with something Adobe was working on (Acrobat).

Is this important? Well, Adobe makes quite a bit of profit off of the Acrobat line and Microsoft is gunning for that profit big time.

This might not get on TechMeme but Acrobat/PDF technology is used all over the Web, so this is important news for all of us to pay attention to.

Update: actually it is on TechMeme and there are a few news articles over on Google News about Acrobat 8 too.

Maryam buying meat

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Here’s another simple videoblog. Done with our Nikon S1 camera. Less than $300 according to Google. Anyway, this is in the Half Moon Bay grocery Maryam and I shop in, just wanted to show you the meat selection and demonstrate that you can do a video blog post with a very simple camera without much of anything to say.

Now, all you “anti-video” people, please write a post where you explain to someone who hasn’t been part of our society for, say, 20 years, all about the meat selection Maryam had to choose from this afternoon when she was buying her meat. It’d take you thousands of words to explain what this short little video clip can say (and, it still wouldn’t get close).

Note that she didn’t say anything. That this video post doesn’t make a point. It just is what her shopping experience looked like this afternoon. Does this matter to my audience? Not really. But why do you need an audience for everything you do?

Maryam Scoble with breakfast on September 17, 2006

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Yummy! Here’s a short videoblog of what Maryam and Robert ate for breakfast today. Just to taunt all those “videoblogging is too hard” types. Posting this was as easy as pulling out my podcasting computer and recording. In fact, to me, it was easier cause my camera is a lot easier to carry around town than my computer is. Note: no editing. Just took video here and uploaded it to Blip.TV (which automatically cross-posted to my blog even). Is it professional? No. But it does show more effectively than a photo what the environment was like that we ate breakfast in.

Happy Sunday

Christopher Coulter got kicked off his plane, so is coming tonight. Which means I have a few minutes to read watch the blogs vlogs.

Joey deVilla is offering his Asian mug to help conference diversity. Oh, and he promises something that I can’t offer: an accordian performance.

Hey, Joey, stick it in your videoblog and let us all see your skillz.

Speaking of videoblogging, Jon Watson says I got it all wrong last night. Oh, Jon, get to the back of the line. I get it all wrong everyday. Luckily you all clean up my messes. Anyway, he’s right. That post on videoblogging wasn’t one of my better ones. That’ll teach me to try to sneak a post in between going to two family events with Maryam yelling at me to go.

He tries to argue that videoblogging takes longer than podcasting. I should have admitted it COULD take longer. But today I’m gonna take Maryam’s Nikon S1 (a still camera out) and switch it to video and shoot what I have for breakfast. I won’t do any editing. I’ll just shoot, take the card out, put it into my Tablet PC, and upload. That’ll be my videoblog for today. Most people don’t even realize their digital still camera can also do videoblogging.

As to visuals Jon argues: “If I don’t have any visuals, then I should stick to audio.” Ahh, now I’m starting to get his point. He’s saying if you don’t have anything visual you should just stick with audio. Well, that’s true. But, what is “visuals.” Everything around me has a visual component.

Can I tell you what Ryanne’s engadgement ring looks like? Yeah, it’s a garnet ring. And cheap. But the videoblog she did works a lot better.

Jon also argues about the cost of videoblogging equipment. “A $20 microphone and the free Audacity sound editor will get you into audio podcasting. ”

Well, that’s true, and many of the newer cell phones (some of which you can get for free if you sign up for a contract) come with video capabilities built in. Most people I know have a simple digital camera that can do video too. That’s what I’ll use today.

He ends by saying that I have a job to do by evangelizing podcasting in all its forms. Whoa. Alarm alert. TOTALLY FALSE. In fact, if I were doing my job I’d want FEWER COMPETITORS!

But, maybe Jon just needs to go make a minestrone salad with Geneve. Oh, wait, she has visuals (the food and a biga** knife) and a set (her kitchen). 🙂

Anyway, hope you’re having a good Sunday.

UPDATE: Jonny Goldstein says it better than I could. Wasabi!