Adobe Systems, Inc. recently announced in May that Aaron D. Neff was named their Prerelease Participant of the Month for February and in June credentialed him with their expert "Adobe Community MVP" affiliation badge. The Prerelease Participant of the Month is an international honor that goes to the top software tester across all Adobe's product lines. An Adobe Prerelease participant is a software tester who, after undergoing Adobe's screening and NDA briefing, is accepted into one or more Prerelease Programs. The goal of a Prerelease Program at Adobe is to solicit early feedback on new features in order to produce a unique and a bug free product that can deliver maximum results. The company benefits from the hundreds of hours per year that each Prerelease participant spends testing their computer programs before the products are released to the public. In return, the participants benefit from the opportunity to evaluate and influence one or more of the company's products and technologies. This privilege allows Aaron to discuss directly with Adobe's engineers his ideas for improvements to two of their products which he uses on a daily basis: ColdFusion and ColdFusion Builder. These programs are tools which enable web developers to rapidly build, deploy, and maintain enterprise-grade websites. In addition to the recognition, Aaron was also awarded an unlimited license for the latest version of ColdFusion. Aaron looks forward to using this license in his business, What iT iS dESign studios, a custom website design company in Muncie. He is already planning new service offerings, based on the knowledge gained from having early access to those two products. Adobe Systems was founded in 1982 and has nearly 10,000 employees and a lineup of over 100 products and technologies. It is the 7th largest software company in the world, according to the Forbes Global 2000 - an annual ranking of the top 2000 companies in the world. Aaron has been an active Adobe Prerelease participant since 2007. In 2010 he accepted Adobe's invitation to become an Adobe Community Help moderator for ColdFusion's online documentation pages. In June, in addition to receiving the MVP affiliation badge, Adobe expanded his role to include moderating ColdFusion's public help forums.
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