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Take a look at the latest version of Adobe Acrobat

Category: Software Published on Wednesday, 18 March 2009

Acrobat 8 boasts many features we've been asking for in earlier versions

Scripps Howard News Service

What's new, improved and used by almost everyone on the planet that has a PC? No, it's not a mouse and definitely not a keyboard. In fact, most of us aren't even aware of its presence, in its simplest form, on our PCs until we need to use it.

It's Adobe Acrobat.

Most of us are familiar with the free Acrobat Reader that allows us to read documents composed in pesky PDF format. But this, my friend, is only the tip of the Acrobat iceberg (the part we all see).

Now in its eighth incarnation, the full-blown version of Adobe Acrobat, which is used to compose these documents, has gone through myriad changes since first hitting the market in the Dark Ages of computing, making it an essential tool for anyone wanting to compose professional looking documents for the Worldwide Web or, in some cases, for print.

Adobe Acrobat 8 ($449 for Professional and $299 for the Standard version), boasts a bevy of new features, the most important of which are being able to combine documents, drawings and rich media into a single PDF document (which has been the bane of Acrobat users since the product was first introduced) and the ability to share documents via online meetings using Acrobat Connect. To share documents “online” via Acrobat Connect, participants need only Adobe Flash player.

Additional features include:

Acrobat can now find form fields in "static" PDF documents and convert them to interactive fields that can be filled in by anyone using Acrobat Reader software. The Adobe Reader user who receives an interactive form created with Acrobat 8 can be on a PC or a Mac. The Adobe Reader user on either platform can fill in that form.

Hidden layers, metadata and other concealed information can be permanently removed from documents, keeping this data confidential.

Microsoft Outlook and Lotus Notes email can be archived as PDF files. Users of Outlook 2007, at least for now, can't use this new feature, but an upgrade from Adobe should be coming soon.

PDF documents can be saved in Microsoft Word, retaining formatting, fonts, layout and tables. Unfortunately, right now it only works with earlier versions of Word and not the new one that will be part of Microsoft Office 2007. But stay tuned for an upgrade.

Speed and performance has been enhanced to work with AutoCAD, eliminating the need for you to have the CAD program installed on your computer.

In addition, there's a new start page with icons linking you to most of the program's functions, new customizable toolbars and a new, streamlined user interface.


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