Adobe Buzzword: Putting the Squeeze on Google and Microsoft


– By Jori Curry 

Leave it to Adobe to be the dark horse when it comes to online document creation. Built in Flex,  Buzzword creates stunning documents both online and offline. While Google Docs may be adequate for those creating simple documents, Adobe Buzzword puts an unparalleled emphasis on graphics–and even allows for real-time text wrapping around images. If typography and precisely placed graphics are part of your agenda, Buzzdocs is one to watch.  

Buzzword allows users to collaborate with any number of co-authors and control versions easily. The table creating capabilities are nothing short of spectacular, and the document dashboard allows sorting by author, date, file size, or your role. Anyone can view Adobe buzzdocs without an account by signing in. Buzzword feels much like it was created by graphic designers, FOR graphic designers. Not only does it bring an elegant interface,  but it’s impressively fast. Microsoft Word files can be imported as Rich Text Format (RTF) and saved out the same way. 

Adobe Buzzword is still in Beta, but for those that need more than Word or Google Docs offers, it’s the one to watch!

The 5 Top Reasons to Upgrade to Acrobat 9

Have you upgraded to Acrobat 9 yet? Here are the five top reasons to upgrade: 

    • Improved Interface and faster performance
    • Close integration of Flash for better electronic/interactive documents
    • Simplified Forms interface and tools
    • Easy built-in on-line collaboration with co-workers and customers
    • Improved security and redactment features

Acrobat 9 is one of the most impressive upgrades of a single product that we have seen in a long time. Visit Adobe’s Acrobat site to see an impressive demo of the software in action! 

Ascend’s two day Acrobat 9 Adobe Certified workshop will show you how to take advantage of all the new features and put Acrobat 9 to work for you.

A few of the topics that will be covered are: 

    • How to create electronic/interactive documents that improve your corporate images and customer relations
    • How to create and  send forms quickly and easily
    • How to send out forms electronically and collect data automatically
    • How to share doscuments with co-workers and customers online
    • How to set up on-line meetings and workflows
    • How to embed Flash video in PDFs and your Web pages with a simple click of the mouse