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Adobe debuts Acrobat 9, Acrobat.com

updated 12:00 pm EDT, Mon June 2, 2008

Acrobat 9, Acrobat.com

Adobe has announced Acrobat 9, a forthcoming version of its PDF creation and distribution tool. The update concentrates on Flash support, and will let users insert Flash videos and applications directly into PDF documents; Adobe's dedicated Flash Player may be required to view the results. Adobe is also introducing its PDF Portfolios feature, which will let users gather multiple filetypes -- including audio, video and 3D objects -- together into one compressed PDF file, with custom or preset layouts.

Already active is the Acrobat.com online service, which has entered public beta. While capable of operating as a simple filesharing tool, it also enables some more advanced web functions, such as basic word processing and the ability to review documents with other users in real-time. Use of Acrobat.com is free; Acrobat 9 Standard, Pro and Pro Extended should ship in July at prices of $300, $450 and $700, though various upgrade options will be discounted.




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  1. makesense

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    stagger

    what a drag that they scatter Acrobat from CS....ie, if you get Acro 9 now and then get CS4 when it comes out, you get/buy Acrobat again

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    gee

    remember the "good ol' days" when Mac and PC users had to buy Acrobat just to produce PDF output.

    Man, I bet Adobe misses those days.

  1. Super Glitcher

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    uh huh

    'distiller' bLeh!

  1. khiltd

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    Whoopee

    This is like when you pay way too much money for some fancy pen and then feel compelled to use it constantly; as if being seen with it in public is going to somehow justify the fact that you just wasted a lot of money on a marginally useful trinket nobody cares about but you.

    Just because you bought Macromedia doesn't mean everyone in the world wants Flash content everywhere, Adobe. Give it a rest already. I feel sorry for the kids at Kinko's who are now going to be forced to explain to stupid people why they can't print their Flash impregnated abominations.

  1. rubaiyat

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Live in hope…

    …that Adobe tidies up Acrobat and gives it more usability instead of just more scattered, ill thought out "features".

    Where exactly are they going with this?

  1. bobolicious

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Acrobat is 'finished' and

    so transition to pay-per-use may now be the only way to generate cash flow, as with most software the draw of instant fortunes from lump sum electronic distribution is giving way to ongoing subscription 'milking'...

    On the flash front slow loading & incompatibilities frustrate me to leave more flash driven sites than I ever look at - I simply don't understand the draw...

  1. manleycreative

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    What a dump...

    I remember learning Flash 3.0 and right there in the manual it explained how to design a site so it doesn't dump the whole load at once and you have to sit there waiting for it. Also, that an intro movie should be simple and quick.

    Fast forward almost ten years later and Flash designers still haven't learned to do that.

  1. bobolicious

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    I have to laugh...

    ...upon trying to load the acrobat site linked above (http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/) I just gave up waiting for the load at about 75% & left... Doh!

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Re: what a dump

    That more shows you that Flash isn't such a boatload of c*** that web developers aren't worth the money they're being paid.

    Then again, with bandwidth increasing, the desire to keep down the size of content is highly diminished. Just like how desktop apps aren't concerned so much with memory footprint or program size.

  1. DahlBryn

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Read the fine print...

    Adobe's own PDF brochures on Acrobat 9 show that Macs
    are only supported on Standard and Pro editions and is
    specifically absent from the list of 4 other Unix environments
    for the Pro Extended version (and another 10 versions of
    Windows). It has something to do with Adobe's 3D Capture
    Utility app that only works on Sun Solaris, IBM AIX, SGI IRIX
    and HP-UX.

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