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Adobe Acrobat 8 to debut Sept. 19th

updated 01:20 pm EDT, Fri September 8, 2006

Adobe Acrobat 8 to launch

Adobe will launch Adobe Acrobat 8 in Italy on September 19th, according an Italian Mac enthusiast site. Adobe Italy has reportedly sent invitations to the press for an event in Milan which will mark the presentation of Adobe Acrobat 8, promising to renew the entire line of Acrobat applications with new functionality. The new release is rumored to enable the safe creation, management, and sharing of documents as well as information. Adobe is also expected to speak about innovations in Web conferencing specifically tailored to professionals and companies that communicate and interact in real-time without geographic or technological barriers. The company posted its last Adobe Acrobat update in early February of this year, bringing new functionality, bug fixes, and security updates. Adobe also promised to release a Universal Binary version of its Photoshop Elements (CS3) software in the spring of 2007. [updated]

by MacNN Staff



  1. DrunkenTech

    Joined: Dec 1969


    "Native Intel Support...

    Is planned for the next major release." Adobe said.

    You watch. It won't be Universal.

  1. Ikon

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Is this update calender driven or feature driven?

  1. hayesk

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: native intel

    Native Intel means it will have Intel code - i.e. Universal.

    If it only ran in Rosetta, that would not be native.

  1. suhail

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Acrobat h***

    Acrobat Professional had always ran waaay slower on the Mac and it crashes more often. I hope they better their code in this release.

  1. UberFu

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Yo Hayesk.....

    Native and Universal are 2 different things_

    Native means that the software will run specific to the hardware without translation VPC or Rosetta or Parrallels_

    Universal means that the coding for the Application can be installed on either PPC or Intel Macs regardless of the installer using the same exact software_

    Drunkentech was correct in their statement_

    What Drunkentech is saying is that Adobe may not code Acrobat using the Universal Binaries - but instead use a standard native coding specific to the Intel Mac hardware_ And so the installer will not run on a PPC machine_

  1. jerryfrit

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Probably "Universal"

    Yes, "Intel Native" is not the same as "Universal"; the latter is very much like the FAT binaries we had, for 68K and PPC processors, in the System 7 days.

    Still, I cannot imagine that CS3 would be Intel-only. It would be ludicrous to release an upgrade that only worked on the new machines, and thus could not be sold to their installed base.

    Unless they're planning some sort of separate packaging for PPC and Intel versions (imagine the confusion), they must have meant "Universal."

  1. John Lockwood

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Adobe- The new Microsoft?

    Note: as should be obvious, the title of this post is not intended as a compliment.

    Both Adobe Acrobat 7 Pro and several of the CS 2 applications (in other words nearly all Adobe's programs for the Mac) have serious problems working with "Network Logins" under Mac OS X. These problems have existed ever since Acrobat 7 and CS 2 were released (well over a year and half ago!). These problems did not affect Acrobat 6 Pro or CS 1. As an example of just one of the major problems, Acrobat 7 Pro cannot be used to 'print to PDF' using Adobes PDF print driver. Yes, the Apple save as PDF option works, but the Acrobat one (if it worked) gives better quality results and more options. (I have found in the past bullet points missing in the resulting PDF using the Apple option.) A workaround to this particular problem is to 'print to Postscript' and then use Acrobat Distiller.

    Adobe are well aware of the issues, I have even conversed [repeatedly] with the Acrobat Product Manager in the US and from the complete and utter failure to address ANY of the of these Network Login related problems despite several updates, Adobe are showing the same cynical disregard for their customers (especially Mac customers) as Microsoft. [An increasing number of Acrobat facilities are also now Windows only.]

    I strongly suspected months ago that nothing would be done until Acrobat 8 (and CS 3). However the worry now is that you cannot really test to see if they have finally fixed these problems even then, unless you contribute more money to the 'Adobe software tax' which I suspect is second only to the Microsoft 'tax' in many companies.

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