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Adobe promises Acrobat 9 will transform the process of creating and sharing information

Adobe unveiled the newest version of its Acrobat software today. Adobe says that Acrobat 9 is a significant upgrade and promises it will transform the process of creating and sharing electronic documents.

Acrobat 9 adds native support for Flash technology that allows users to embed Flash Player compatible video and applications directly in PDF documents. To view the content, the PDF recipient only needs to have the Adobe Flash Player installed.

Another key feature of Acrobat 9 is the ability to unify multiple content types into a single document with PDF Portfolios. The PDF Portfolios allow the creation of PDFs containing documents, video, audio and 3D objects in one compressed PDF file.

The software also features templates that allow the integration of those types of media into a professional layout. The new software also adds live collaboration platform for live collaboration within a PDF document. The interactive content for PDF collaboration is enabled by working through Acrobat.com.

Adobe Acrobat 9 will be available in three versions for Windows systems including Acrobat 9 Pro Extended, Acrobat 9 Pro and Acrobat 9 Standard. Mac users only get Acrobat 9 Pro. All versions are expected to be available in July 2008 in English, French, German and Japanese languages. The full version of Acrobat 9 Pro Extended is going to retail for $699, Acrobat 9 Pro will sell for $449, and Acrobat 9 Standard will retail for $299.

Adobe doesn't say that the Yahoo ads that DailyTech reported in late 2007 would appear in PDF documents will now be offered. The online Acrobat documents will be the most likely spot for the ads to show up.



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dear lord.
By swankpimp on 6/2/2008 12:43:20 PM , Rating: 5
Sweet. More bloatware with lots of features that no one uses. Ever.

I'm still using Acrobat 5 withotu a problem.




RE: dear lord.
By FITCamaro on 6/2/2008 12:57:22 PM , Rating: 3
Well said.


RE: dear lord.
By gyranthir on 6/2/2008 2:13:58 PM , Rating: 3
Lots of these features

http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/matrix.html

Are used by professionals every day, and that is why they seperate them into different product subsets.

So if you don't need CAD integration, or FLV video play back, you get the less expensive version.


RE: dear lord.
By Screwballl on 6/2/2008 4:06:59 PM , Rating: 3
agreed.... I use Foxit which is free small and lightweight so no need for massive resource hog software just to open a simple 200KB PDF file....
Adobe is placing itself out of the reach of the general public and as these other free or low cost solutions get the word out, companies like Adobe will be left to the commercial sector.

Open Office is free and can import and export to PDF.
Foxit Reader is free and can read any PDF. They also have a cheap paid PDF editor program that is hundreds cheaper than Adobe and has just as many options.
PrimoPDF is free, installs into your printer area and lets you export to PDF.

There are dozens more stable and easy to use programs that are slowly taking over the market. I try to get the word out about Foxit Reader as much as possible.


RE: dear lord.
By Oregonian2 on 6/2/2008 4:10:54 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Foxit Reader is free and can read any PDF.


This is true for Adobe's Acrobat reader too.


RE: dear lord.
By BarkHumbug on 6/3/2008 3:48:24 AM , Rating: 2
While you are correct I guess you missed this part of his post:

quote:
Foxit which is free small and lightweight so no need for massive resource hog software just to open a simple 200KB PDF file


RE: dear lord.
By Oregonian2 on 6/3/2008 2:05:54 PM , Rating: 2
I find Acrobat reader also to be small and lightweight (unless using a PC made more than ten years ago perhaps). I've five good sized .PDF files open simultaneous at the moment and it's using up less than 3% of this PC's puny 1-Gb of RAM. Amount of disk that it's using is way way way way less than 1% of this machine's puny hard drive as well. If one is using Windows 9X or Windows ME, and foxit uses uses little resources there, then you've got a point (but may have better options to solving the "resource" problem).


RE: dear lord.
By Trisped on 6/3/2008 5:25:04 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, bloat. I don't see why people still use it.
You can't edit it, but it takes twice as long to load as Word.


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