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Weekly Wrap Up Thing 15 – Adobe Id

2 Sep

Whilst things like DRM get quite evocative when we speak about it amongst library folk, the pragmatic side of me realises that like most public libraries need adobe to access our services through Overdrive and to some extent through borrowbox as well. Is it complicated? Hell yes. Could it be more user friendly? Ask my staff trying to walk a 92 year old through the process on an android tablet.

What I do find interesting about an Adobe is a change in business model for services. Traditionally we paid a big chunk of cash for a software program that was usually out of date a couple of months after we bought it.

With the new cloud based approach, perhaps we are looking at a rent rather than buy model (and I can already hear the arguments brewing on that one) but consider extrapolating this type of model, is it possible that one day rather than a monthly fee, we might be able to have the software we want on demand?

For me, that’s quite a cool thought.

Getting back to the software though, Adobe do some cool stuff.

I couldn’t have gone a day in ILL without being able to crop and create PDFs, not to mention that Illustrator, Photoshop and Dreamweaver have long been the part of designer toolboxes.

For me many of these applications have been just a little out of my contextual comfort zone, but I have eyed the output with envy from the gurus weaving their magic, and one day hope to add their skills to my portfolio.

Its a bold move for Adobe to shift these services mobile, agile and where we are, and for me, accessing all of these things in one package certainly gives me a big playbox with a small price to convince the boss ( if only for a short time).

 

Don’t forget to check out the twitter chat archive for our chat on e-books that happened during the week- and add your thoughts below!

#anz23mthings Twitter Chat 4: Round up & Archive

31 Aug

Thank you, thank you to everyone who joined our chat on Wednesday! As always, it was cool to have so many ideas and voices. Our topic was Ebooks & Curation, and you can read the questions here. I love how these chats fly thick’n’fast; we meander around topics and bounce ideas, which sprout new thoughts.

MOOCs were mentioned early and there’s a lot of love for them. Likewise, Pinterest has many fans (surprise, surprise!). We discussed what makes a curator, a curator. Then we brainstormed our issues with vendors, ebooks, tablets and ereaders. We surmised what we already knew: information professionals are needed more than ever to guide customers. Yes the Internet rocks; but users need a dance teacher!

 

Click here to see a storify version of the archived chat – with pretty pictures!

We’d love to hear what you thought of the chat, so please leave us a comment 🙂

Thing 15: Adobe ID

26 Aug

So many online accounts, passwords and sites to log in to; why would you want an Adobe ID as well? Good question!

Let’s start with borrowing eBooks from your local library, which is probably the main reason you or your customers would want an Adobe ID.  Downloading eBooks is not as easy as it should be, in fact it can be downright difficult, which is a disgrace – but that’s a rant for another day. For some eBook lending services, including OverDrive, you need free software called Adobe Digital Editions and the easiest way to get started is to create an Adobe ID first.

Just to be side-tracked for a moment…once you have your Adobe ID, and have an eBook or three to relax with, what else can you do with it?

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One of the things an Adobe ID does is give you access to their site where you can trial lots of cool products such as Photoshop Lightroom, Dreamweaver CC, Illustrator CC and Photoshop Elements. There’s even a new service called Adobe Creative Cloud which, for a monthly fee, gives you mobile access to what they call the “best desktop applications for photography, video, audio, and design” including Adobe Muse and Adobe After Effects. Admittedly this is not the cheapest cloud-based suite of products ever, but for anyone who is seriously into creating online it’s worth a look.

I use Adobe Pagemaker to publish a monthly community newspaper with my husband, and haven’t moved to InDesign because of the cost. With Adobe Creative Cloud I’d have the ability to pay month by month. This may see me make the upgrade, and learn some new skills along the way.

But back to Adobe ID and eBooks – love ‘em or loathe ‘em, eBooks are here to stay so why not spend the week creating your own Adobe ID and then seeing where it takes you from there. You might discover you’ve got a creative side you never knew existed. Enjoy!

DISCOVER:

Where can I sign up for an Adobe ID?

What products are included in Adobe Creative Cloud?

EXPLORE:

Watch the video on Abode Creative Cloud and think about the ways teams can use it.

Explore the programs you can trial at the Adobe site. Are some of them programs customers ever ask for help with? If they are, perhaps you could have a play with them and learn some new skills.

THINK:

If your library issues eBooks, do your customers know they might need an Adobe ID?

Are all your staff comfortable with helping customers to get their own Adobe ID?

Can you think of customers who might find Adobe Creative Cloud useful? Art or design students maybe…

If your library subscribed to Creative Cloud, would you be able to make your brochures, posters etc look more professional? And would you have staff with the time and skills to make it happen?

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