Adobe on Wednesday released a revamped version of its Acrobat document creation software ver 9 that includes built-in support for Flash and multimedia content.
The full Acrobat 9 software is available immediately in a Standard edition for $299 with a $99 upgrade price; a Pro edition at $449 adds the ability to validate PDF files to certain standards, convert files from AutoCAD and other formats to PDF, and embed either Flash or H.264 video clips. It can be purchased as an upgrade for $159.
The most significant new features are the ability to create Portfolios, or compound documents, to incorporate Flash content, including videos in PDF documents, and the ability for collaborators to co-navigate documents. Portfolios can contain a variety of document types, including web pages with multimedia, Microsoft Office documents, images, and more. Adobe executives claim that Portfolios can solve the problem of business communication in the form of emails with multiple attachments. Portfolios can have a welcome page, also include a flip-view, similar to that found in Apple’s iTunes. They’re also compressed for faster transmission and all incorporated content is search-able.
The unveiling of Acrobat 9 also brings the launch of Creative Suite 3.3, an upgraded version of the audiovisual editing package that now includes Acrobat 9 by default.
The new version tries once again to create a kind of packaging feature that wraps PDF components into one unit, this time called “Portfolio.” With more extensive testing of this feature this time around, we can hope this new incarnation works better than Adobe’s previous tries.
Source: PC MagazineFiled under Enterprise Software | Tags: Acrobat, Claim, CS3.3, Flash, Multimedia, PDF, Portfolio | Comment Below