Hooray! Acrobat 9 Ships
UK's The Register
that Adobe Acrobat 9 was released Wednesday. As with other recent versions, the new
release is available in three versions, Standard, Pro, and Extended.
What's New in Acrobat 9 Standard
Acrobat 9 Standard ($299 full, $99 upgrade from Acrobat 6.x, 7.x, or 8.x) includes these new features:
Easy fillable-form creation, form fill-in, and form tracking
Software launches in half the time of Acrobat 8 (a much-needed improvement in my view)
Include Adobe Flash-based audio and video inside PDF documents (can we expect more exciting e-Books now? I hope so!)
Better OCR and scanner support to make it easier to turn paper into editable text
Convert web pages, including pages with rich and interactive media, into PDF files
Search multiple PDF files in the same folder
For most users, though, Acrobat Standard just doesn't have enough goodies to justify the price. To find out why Acrobat Pro 9 will hit more users' "sweet spot," read page 2.
Kick It Up a Notch with Acrobat 9 Pro
Acrobat Pro ($449 full, $159 upgrade) adds the following new features to those in Acrobat 9 Standard:
Support for PDF Portfolios, which can contain drawings, documents, emails and spreadsheets that can be configured with a template for easy "touring" of the contents
Synchronized document views and document comparison
PDF Standards pane helps assure that your document meets the requirements for new
(professional printing), or
(engineering documents; link opens PDF file) standards
Improved print workflows and previews for document designers and prepress specialists
Having It All with Acrobat 9 Pro Extended
Acrobat 9 Pro Extended ($699 full, $299 upgrade) adds the following features to Acrobat 9 Pro and Standard's feature lists:
Add 3D and maps to a PDF Portfolio
Convert popular video formats to Flash for use in a PDF file
Includes Adobe Presenter software for interactive presentations
Includes Adobe 3D Reviewer to combine multiple CAD drawings
Supports interactive, geospatially enabled PDF maps
Windows Users, Try It Free!
Acrobat 9 has the potential to make the PDF file format go way beyond the "it's just like a book only on your screen" limitations of the past. Whether you work (or play) as a graphic or document designer, you'll want to give it a try. 30-day trial versions (for Windows only, at this point) are available
And Now for the Bad News - Reader 9's Not Ready Yet
Want to show off that way-cool video-loaded interactive document you cranked out with a trial of Acrobat 9? Drag along your laptop - at least until Reader 9 hits the street.
is the word on Reader 9 availability, so you have time to polish your tribute to gaming, your favorite band, or maybe something more substantial. See the
Acrobat Pro Extended demo
for a taste of the future of PDF.