Adobe has introduced the next version of the Acrobat software named Acrobat 9. The new edition promises to offer significant upgrade that will transform the process of creating and sharing electronic documents.
Acrobat 9 will support Adobe Flash technology. That means users can include Adobe Flash Player compatible video and application files in PDF documents. For enjoying this flash content included in the PDF format, recipients need to use Adobe Reader 9 software, which is available for free.
Moreover, Acrobat 9 includes the ability to unify a wide range of content into a single document with the new concept of PDF Portfolios. Users can assemble multiple media types, such as documents, video, audio, and even 3D objects into one compressed PDF file. Further, the PDF file can be personalized with several professional layouts. It even facilitates to create their own layout.
“The expectations organizations and individuals have for communicating and collaborating in the workplace continues to grow significantly,” said Rob Tarkoff, senior vice president, Business Productivity Business Unit. “The ability to break through and communicate a message in a compelling way has never been at a greater premium. Acrobat 9 is a response to this environment and is poised to fundamentally change how professionals communicate and collaborate using electronic documents.”
In addition, Acrobat 9 offers access to capabilities for collaborating live within a PDF document – enabled by working with Acrobat.com, a new suite of hosted services that Adobe introduced as public beta. Salesmen could use Acrobat 9 to send contracts to their clients. The recipients using Adobe Reader can then drive the group’s navigation through the PDF document in real-time working with Acrobat.com. Users can also store and share files on Acrobat.com.
The Acrobat 9 family includes Acrobat 9 Standard, Acrobat 9 Pro and the new Acrobat 9 Pro Extended software. The most comprehensive member of the family, Acrobat 9 Pro Extended, includes Adobe Presenter software, which turns Microsoft PowerPoint presentations into multimedia experiences that can be published as PDF files.
Acrobat 9 Pro Extended, Acrobat 9 Pro and Acrobat 9 Standard for Microsoft Windows, and Acrobat 9 Pro for Mac OS X are expected to be available by July 2008 in four language versions including English, French, German and Japanese. Acrobat 9 Pro Extended is expected to carry the price tag of US $699. Acrobat 9 Pro is expected to be available for US $449 and registered users of qualifying earlier versions of Acrobat can upgrade to Acrobat 9 Pro for US $159. Acrobat 9 Standard is expected to be available for US $299, and registered users of qualifying earlier versions of Acrobat can upgrade to Acrobat 9 Standard for US$99.