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.