Adobe PDF Services
free until May 31st, 2020

In a message on COVID-19, Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen announces that the Adobe PDF Services on the web can be used for free until May 31, 2020.

This will allow users to convert Word, Excel, PowerPoint and JPG files to PDF, among others. The reverse is also possible: export from PDF to Word, Excel , PowerPoint, JPG, etc.). You can also compress PDF files (but without controlling the compression with parameters).

However, the free use is limited to two (2) files per day…!!!

Additional information can be found on a FAQ page.


Free Enfocus PitStop licenses and
eLearning because of Corona virus

Enfocus provides its customers with a free, time-limited PitStop Pro license to allow employees to work from home. These licenses are valid until 30 April. UPDATE: The licenses are now valid until 15 June.

The free license key can be requested here.

In addition, Enfocus is making its eLearning library of over 100 courses and webinar recordings of Enfocus PitStop, Switch and Connect available for free until the end of April (Enfocus ID required).


Acrobat compatibility with the new
MacOS 10.15 Catalina

The latest versions of Acrobat DC (October 2019), Acrobat 2017 and Acrobat 2015 are compatible with MacOS 10.15 (Catalina).

Due to the changes (especially in the area of security) in MacOS 10.15, there are several changes in the user interface of Acrobat. Many operations require additional confirmations. You may need to enable permissions to access the folder in the Mac Security Preferences.

CAUTION: Before switching from Acrobat to Catalina, check that all plug-ins (and other programs) are compatible with the new operating system version. The Enfocus products, for example, do not yet officially support Catalina.


Enfocus: Don’t update to
MacOS X Catalina yet!

Enfocus announces that the Enfocus products PitStop, Connect and Switch do not yet officially support the recently released update to MacOS X Catalina. It is recommended to wait with the operating system update until the used software has been tested with the new MacOS version.

MacOS X Catalina only runs 64-bit applications. This update is therefore drastic! Many programs and small helpers will not work anymore. Before the update you should test whether your often used programs are 64-bit. This can be checked with the free tool Go64 from St Clair Software. (Choose All Executables to also include Plug-ins.)