Manufacturing

Adobe Unveils Upcoming Acrobat v9

2 Jun, 2008

Scheduled for availability in July, new product suite will feature native support for Adobe Flash technology and new real-time collaboration capabilities.


Adobe Systems announced the upcoming availability of Adobe Acrobat v9, which reportedly will feature native support for Adobe Flash technology, the ability to unify a range of content in PDF Portfolios, and access to real-time capabilities for navigating a PDF document with colleagues.

Support for Adobe Flash technology will enable users to include Flash Player-compatible video and application files in PDF documents. Recipients only need free Adobe Reader v9 to consume the content. The ability to unify a wide range of content into a single document with PDF Portfolios will enable business professionals to assemble multiple media types, such as documents, video, audio, and 3D objects, into one compressed PDF file. Users then can choose among several professional layouts (or create their own) to integrate content, define navigation, and add polish and branding.

Acrobat v9 also will provide access to capabilities for collaborating live within a PDF document via Acrobat.com, a new suite of hosted services introduced as public beta today. Additionally, Acrobat v9 users will be able to access Acrobat.com for storing and sharing files, use it as a central location for collecting data as part of a forms process, and gather comments in a shared document review. Acrobat.com also includes Adobe ConnectNow, personal Web conferencing that provides desktop sharing, video, and voice conferencing, and Adobe Buzzword, a Web-based word processor that can be used to co-author and share documents for comment and review.

The Acrobat v9 family consists of Acrobat v9 Standard, Acrobat v9 Pro, and the new Acrobat v9 Pro Extended software. Acrobat v9 Pro Extended includes Adobe Presenter software for turning Microsoft PowerPoint presentations into multimedia experiences that can be published as PDF files.

Acrobat v9 Pro Extended, Acrobat v9 Pro, and Acrobat v9 Standard for Microsoft Windows and Acrobat v9 Pro for Mac OS X are expected to be available by July 2008 in English, French, German, and Japanese language versions. Acrobat v9 Pro Extended is expected to be available for $699, and registered users of qualifying earlier versions of Acrobat can upgrade to Acrobat v9 Pro Extended for $229.

Acrobat v9 Pro is expected to be available for $449, and registered users of qualifying earlier versions of Acrobat can upgrade to Acrobat v9 Pro for $159. Acrobat v9 Standard is expected to be available for $299, and registered users of qualifying earlier versions of Acrobat can upgrade to Acrobat v9 Standard for $99.


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