Tuesday, 16 November 2010 16:27

Acrobat X here 'within 30 days'


Adobe announced "the immediate availability" of Acrobat X, but it will be up to 30 days before it reaches Australian customers.

Acrobat X - the latest version of Adobe's PDF software - might not reach Australia until mid-December, according to a company spokesperson.

"Acrobat X addresses today's critical challenge of communicating and collaborating with widely dispersed teams of colleagues, partners and customers in a compelling way," said Kevin Lynch, vice president and general manager of Acrobat within Adobe's digital enterprise solutions group. "Our new Acrobat.com services tackle the need to have access to, exchange, retrieve and view documents reliably from anywhere," he added.

New features include 'guided actions' to automate tasks, SharePoint integration, and improvements to PDF Portfolios.

Acrobat X incorporates technology licensed from Solid Documents to convert PDF content into Word or Excel format.

"After reviewing the available options, we chose to use Solid Framework technology for the conversion of PDF files to Microsoft Word and Excel in Adobe® Acrobat X. The document reconstruction quality is very good," said Aman Deep Nagpal, Adobe's senior product manager for Acrobat Solutions.

"We're excited that Adobe is using Solid Framework as part of Adobe Acrobat X," said Michael Cartwright, founder and CEO of Solid Documents. "Reviews highlighting Acrobat X's conversion features are already in and the results are very positive."

Adobe is also offering new online services - see page 2.


New online services offered alongside Acrobat X include SendNow and CreatePDF. SendNow is a document exchange service that can cope with large files and provides tracking facilities, while CreatePDF turns various types of files (including Office) into PDFs.

Other CreatePDF features include combining multiple documents into a single PDF, and a Windows printer driver that accesses the service.

Acrobat X is (or more accurately will be) available in three versions: Standard ($A489), Pro ($A728) and Suite (comprising Acrobat X Pro and Photoshop CS5, $A2007).

There was some disquiet among recent purchasers of Adobe Creative Suite 5 when they learned they would not qualify for a free upgrade to Acrobat X unless they had purchased an upgrade or support plan.

Adobe Reader X features sticky notes and highlighter tools for annotation, protected mode for safer document viewing, and integration with CreatePDF.


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