Educators and Students Cheer Acrobat XI Release

We just announced Adobe Acrobat XI, a powerful new solution that rises to today’s complex document challenges and offers an easier way to teach, collaborate, and boost productivity. New, much requested features include complete PDF editing and export to PowerPoint, as well as touch-friendly capability on tablets. Educators can do their jobs more efficiently and students have a more powerful way to showcase their academic achievements.

But don’t take my word for it – see what educators have to say:

“The new capabilities of Acrobat Pro XI make my life as a district-level Distance Learning Manager and training consultant to educators a lot easier. With the new PDF editing tools, teachers can now edit text and images, something they were not able to do before, and then combine course materials, including documents, photos, and videos into a single PDF, which keeps students interested and engaged.” Linda Dickeson, Adobe Education Leader, Lincoln Public Schools, Lincoln, NE

“Students at Carnegie Mellon University use a wide variety of platforms so distributing content in PDF is vital to making sure that everyone can use it. Adobe Acrobat XI makes it easy to convert any type of content into a PDF file, annotate it with custom headers and footers, and even make the resulting file interactive. As an educator, it is particularly useful to be able to combine class materials, such as slides, photos, screen captures, and links to videos and live web pages, into one PDF.”* Brad A. Myers, Professor, Human-Computer Interaction Institute, School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University

The new and improved features and functionality in Adobe Acrobat XI give educators and students the power to:

  • Combine course materials in a single PDF—Easily assemble documents, spreadsheets, emails, web pages, photos, Adobe Flash Player compatible videos, and graphics in a single, organized PDF to share curricula, learning resources, and classroom assignments.
  • Increase impact with interactive PDFs —Educators can use media-rich PDF documents or ePortfolios to easily track and assess students’ progress over time, as well as deliver feedback more quickly and clearly using text and audio PDF commenting tools. Students can include various mediums to create work that stands out and leaves a lasting impression on teachers and potential employers.
  • Do more on the go—Fill in, sign, and save PDF forms and make comments on PDF files using free Adobe Reader software on your smartphone, tablet, or other mobile device.
  •  Spend more time teaching, less time re-creating materials—Use intuitive PDF editing tools to update text and images within Acrobat XI Pro. Convert PDFs to Microsoft Word, Excel, and now PowerPoint formats, saving fonts, formatting, and time.
  •  Create PDFs that anyone can view and sign—Share PDF files, forms, and ePortfolios with confidence, knowing that students, colleagues, and administrators can open and interact with them using free Adobe Reader software on their computer or mobile device.

We are thrilled with these new features and can’t wait to see what you do with them. Please send us your thoughts via the comments section or Twitter. Also, visit Adobe Education Exchange for new teaching resources and don’t forget to check out Adobe TV for free training videos.

* This statement reflects the opinion of Professor Brad Myers and is not intended to state or imply an endorsement by Carnegie Mellon University