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 PDF/A (archiving), PDF/X (professional printing), or PDF/E (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 here.
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. "Early July" 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.