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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

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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RE: High Prices
By mmntech on 6/2/2008 1:06:10 PM , Rating: 2
That and a lot of office suites now such as OpenOffice allow you to make your own PDF files with one click ease. Given that Adobe doesn't own the format, it can be implemented into any program. You don't even need to pirate Acrobat to make PDFs. Granted Acrobat does allow you to embed media into documents and it does allow you to created editable forms. I don't think those features are worth $700 though. I think Acrobat has kind of outlived it's original purpose. The software is bloated, slow, and complicated. Even the reader is like that. You need to buy the $300 basic version just to complete simple, everyday tasks, such as merging PDF files. Alternative reader programs such as Apple's Preview can do that, and it comes "free" with the OS. There are open source ones for Windows that do that too.

RE: High Prices
By glitchc on 6/2/2008 2:00:21 PM , Rating: 3
A serious question:

If PDF is an open format, why did Microsoft face such difficulties in adding the PDF export feature to Office?

RE: High Prices
By imperator3733 on 6/2/2008 2:25:51 PM , Rating: 2
That's what I was wondering. People shouldn't have to download an add-on just to make PDFs.

RE: High Prices
By TomZ on 6/2/2008 2:36:07 PM , Rating: 2
I agree, and I hope this is "fixed" in the next version of Office.

I am glad that Microsoft included this feature, and that other apps have native save to PDF functionality. Buying and maintaining Acrobat, with its endless series of bugs, was getting on my nerves, and I'm glad to stop using it.

RE: High Prices
By FITCamaro on 6/2/2008 2:38:59 PM , Rating: 5
Its open to everyone else. They wanted royalties from Microsoft. Because they can pay them. Hence why Microsoft gave them the finger and pulled support for PDFs from Office 2007.

Also why I get pissed when people complain about Office 2007 not having native PDF support. Blame Adobe, not Microsoft.

RE: High Prices
By Ihmemies on 6/2/2008 3:16:53 PM , Rating: 2
Office 2007 doesn't allow you to save files as PDF by default, but you can download a file which enables saving as PDF from

Of course it's extra effort, but better than installing some gimmick "print as pdf" plugins.

RE: High Prices
By gyranthir on 6/2/2008 2:08:35 PM , Rating: 3

Anyone may create applications that read and write PDF files without having to pay royalties to Adobe Systems; Adobe holds patents to PDF, but licenses them for royalty-free use in developing software complying with its PDF specification.

“Then they pop up and say ‘Hello, surprise! Give us your money or we will shut you down!' Screw them. Seriously, screw them. You can quote me on that.” -- Newegg Chief Legal Officer Lee Cheng referencing patent trolls
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