Collaborative Adobe

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Adobe Adds Features to Boost Collaboration:
[Via Enterprise 2.0 Blog]

Adobe has introduced two new products, Acobat 9 and The goal is to transform the way people collaborate—Adobe’s new Acrobat 9 PDF tool now uses Flash to let you embed video, audio, animation and all manner of files, which is very cool. Another new capability lets you leverage web conferencing from Adobe to mark up documents on the fly, in real time, without launching a full-blown conference. Both people can take turns walking through the document, there’s no need to pass the baton, making it very ad hoc. If you decide you need to, you can launch a full-blown web conference (via Acrobat Connect) with a single click.

Adobe is now making a wide variety of collaborative tools available online with the launch of Buzzword allows people to create collaborative documents. It looks like it has version history, access control and real-time controls. Nice.

ConnectNow permits online conferences for up to three people. Video can be used as well as IM. There are whiteboard options as well as display of computer screens. There is even an option for remote control.

Up to 5 GB of documents can be stored for free and they can be made available to all or to just a limited number. They can then be accessed from any web connection.

These tools offer some pretty compelling ideas. I will be examining them to determine just how useful they really are. There is more information at the Adobe site.

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Online Water Coolers

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What’s Your Internal Social Networking Strategy?:
[Via Enterprise 2.0 Blog]

Nemertes recently noted that eighty-three percent of organizations are now “virtual” meaning that members of workgroups reside in physically separate locations. The emergence of the virtual workplace has radically changed not only how we communicate and collaborate, but how we build social bonds among employees.

Informal interactions are very important in any social network. They provide secondary routes for information to bypass chokepoints, they permit radically different viewpoints to influence the creation of knowledge and they are just plain fun.

If the only way any of us ever got to interact with someone was in a meeting with a defined agenda, there would be a greatly weakened social network.

Yet, our online interactions are often just like that: directed, well-scripted, little humanity. One reason blogs exist is to provide an outlet for some of our need to interact randomly, to gossip just a little, to ask ‘Did you hear about…’

It will be important for any defined internal online social network to provide this outlet. Because, frankly, if it is not provided, people will either ignore the network or find ways, perhaps inappropriately, to create such an outlet.

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