Restart Your Computer To Finish Patch Tuesday

Patch Tuesday - restart your computer twice, just in case

Microsoft released the usual rich crop of patches and updates for Windows and Office on Patch Tuesday this week. On my Windows 8.1 computers, two restarts were required – one for the first 39 updates, then a second restart for an additional 11 updates. It’s not required but you might want to restart your computer an extra time, just in case it helps finish the process of installing this week’s patches. […] continued

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Adobe Releases New Version Of Acrobat 12 – um, “Acrobat DC”

Adobe Acrobat DC - Document Cloud

Adobe has released Acrobat DC, a new version of Acrobat with a completely revamped look and lots of Features You Probably Won’t Use™.

Let’s see if we can answer some of the basic questions about what’s new, where you can get it, and how much it costs. But we’ll start with the most pressing question. […] continued

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Using HP Scan & Capture To Create PDFs From Your Scanner

HP Scan and Capture - free Windows 8 app for creating PDFs from your scanner

HP Scan and Capture is a free app for Windows 8.1 that can create PDFs from scanned documents – if your computer and scanner meet the requirements. It may help some of you avoid paying Adobe’s expensive subscription rate for Adobe Acrobat.

The takeaway

•  HP Scan and Capture reaches out to your HP scanner and creates either JPGs or multi-page PDFs. […] continued

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Windows 8 Tip: How To Delete PDFs Without Throwing Your Computer Out The Window

How to delete PDFs in Windows 8 and not go mad

Here’s a trick that may keep you from going crazy one day. I wish I’d known it before I gouged this nasty dent in the top of my desk with my forehead.

It’s such a simple thing. Open up File Explorer in Windows 8. Find a PDF that you don’t want. […] continued

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Surface Pro 3 Firmware Update Fixes Wi-Fi Issues

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 firmware update

It’s Patch Tuesday and your computers are dutifully installing the usual crop of Microsoft updates and restarting overnight, or asking you to restart when you log in Wednesday morning. It’s a modest collection of Patch Tuesday updates this month.

Surface Pro 3 owners are getting an important firmware update that may fix a number of small but noticeable problems. […] continued

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Going Paperless: The Joy Of Fujitsu ScanSnap iX500 Scanners

Fujitsu ScanSnap iX500 desktop scanner

Offices are stepping up their efforts to go paperless by scanning and recycling paper files and incoming documents. For years I have told clients that the Fujitsu ScanSnap iX500 (previously the ScanSnap S1500) is the best tool for desktop scanning. I knew that from its reputation but I had never owned one. […] continued

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How To Buy Adobe Acrobat XI

How to buy Adobe Acrobat XI

Adobe Acrobat is almost as prevalent in businesses as Microsoft Office. Almost all office workers now outgrow the free Adobe Reader and need access to the full Acrobat program to create PDFs, scan documents, fill forms, convert PDFs to Word format, and more.

Acrobat has always been expensive but it is slightly more bearable now that Adobe has changed its licensing model to monthly subscriptions. […] continued

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Tales From The Trenches: Upgrades Gone Wrong

Tales from the trenches - upgrades gone wrong

Here’s a story about small business technology in 2014. It’s a long story and there’s no moral and no villain (except for Adobe, in the surprise twist at the end, but just so you’re not disappointed – spoiler! – the surprise twist probably doesn’t apply to you).

The setting is a small law office with a mix of Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8 workstations. […] continued

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How To Convert A PDF Into An Editable Word Document

Convert Acrobat PDF to Word format

Offices have settled on PDF as the universal file format. PDFs are used for everything, from scanning the mail to exchanging contracts during negotiations. Offices might be creating more PDFs than Word documents and Excel spreadsheets.

Sometimes it’s necessary or helpful to edit the contents of a PDF file in Microsoft Word. […] continued

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How To Improve Your Password Security (And Why The Adobe Disaster Proves That It Matters)

How to improve your password security

Passwords are the keys to your digital kingdom. Everything important on your computers and online is secured by passwords. Your passwords are your defense against identity theft, financial loss, compromised computers, and breaches of confidentiality and privilege. If you use a weak password, or if you use the same password over and over every time something calls for one, you are jeopardizing yourself and your business. […] continued

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Adobe Deals With The Aftereffects Of Being Hacked

Adobe security breach

“Very recently, Adobe’s security team discovered sophisticated attacks on our network . . .”

That was the beginning of Adobe’s disclosure on October 3 that its network had been hacked. The story is getting worse as more details emerge.

Bad guys infiltrated Adobe’s computers and got customer names and order information, plus encrypted passwords and credit card numbers. […] continued

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PDF Search Stops Working In Windows 8 64-Bit

Adobe PDF search stops working in Windows 8 64 bit

Adobe’s PDF format has become as important in offices as Microsoft’s Office file formats. More and more business assets are stored in PDF format – email archives, scanned correspondence, document versions sent for review, law office discovery, and much more. A business cannot function without being able to search through the contents of all of its files – PDF, DOCX, XLSX, PPTX – and retrieve documents without difficulty. […] continued

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View And Edit PDF Files In Word 2013

View and edit PDF files in Word 2013

A new feature in Office 2013 that deserves explanation: Word 2013 can convert PDF files into editable Word documents with a high degree of accuracy.

If you browse to a PDF file in Word 2013 and click to open it, you will see this window: “Word will now convert your PDF to an editable Word document. […] continued

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A Busy Week For Patches!

Windows Update - Patch Tuesday

Microsoft and Adobe made sure your computer stayed busy this week, with a particularly large crop of patches and security updates. Your computer has probably already restarted at least once and probably could use another restart to make sure everything has settled down.

Microsoft’s regular Patch Tuesday included a long list of updates covering 57 different vulnerabilities, including some that security researchers believe the bad guys might start targeting in the next month or so. […] continued

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Acrobat XI Pro Now Available By Subscription


Adobe has never been shy about charging high prices for its products. Artists and designers have long struggled with the high cost of licenses for Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, and other creative programs, and the $449 price tag for an Acrobat license has been a thorn in the side of small businesses for many years. […] continued

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