25 February 2010

Tech Note: Acrobat.com's free cloud tools

Free stuff from the cloud: Adobe's good looking "online office applications" and web conferencing in the form of a mini-Connect.

The office applications are the standard trio: word processor, presentation software, and spreadsheets. You can't help but compare with a famous trio from Microsoft but these offerings have their own look (but with a lot of compatibility). The word processor is called "Documents" but some people will remember it as buzzword. That was a FLASH-based word processor that Adobe bought a couple of years ago. Adobe promised to keep buzzword alive—and free.

buzzword is a fun program with good looks and high functionality. I have used it as a collaborative work space. (And now you can't help but compare with online tools from Google.)

For desktop conferencing, acrobat.com now offers a free 3-seat "room" in Adobe ConnectNow. Upgrades are available, too. For $15/month, the suite of tools includes 5 seats in ConnectNow. For $39/month, the number of seats jumpts to 20.

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© 2010 Mary Bold, PhD, CFLE. Email contact: bold[AT]marybold.com. The content of this blog or related web sites created by Mary Bold (http://www.marybold.com/, http://www.boldproductions.com/, College Intern Blog) is not under any circumstances to be regarded as legal or professional advice. Bold is the co-author of Reflections: Preparing for your Practicum or Internship, geared to college interns in the child, education, and family fields. She is a consultant and speaker on assessment, distance learning, and technology.

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