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June 2, 2008

Acrobat 9: A revolutionary release

Yes, I’ve been “dark” for a few weeks. I’ve been preparing for today! I truly believe that this release of Acrobat (and Adobe Reader) will be a “game changing” event — just like desktop publishing in the 1980′s and web publishing in the 1990′s.

The marriage of Flash and PDF (just like the marriage of Macromedia and Adobe) creates a union stronger than the separate parts. That’s right – the Adobe Flash runtime (based on version 9) is baked right into Acrobat and Reader. That means that any Flash content you’ve added to a PDF document on your computer – either Flash Video (FLV) or a Flash animation or application (SWF) – will just work on anyone else’s computer – as long as they’re using Acrobat or Adobe Reader 9.

The Acrobat Family.

We have three products in the family now — Acrobat 9 Standard, Acrobat 9 Pro, and Acrobat 9 Pro Extended. Each product fulfills a certain market segment – for example, Acrobat 9 Standard is great for creating and distributing PDF documents and forms! That’s right – Acrobat 9 Standard has the ability to create fillable PDF forms, distribute these forms, and collect the information in a simple and streamlined fashion. I’ve included a quick demonstration of this process.

Acrobat 9 Pro (formerly Acrobat Professional) continues to be our workhorse product for people who need to work with PDF documents – either to work more closely with others, like using the commenting tools and workflows to collect feedback, to ensuring your documents are sanitized, to working with PDF documents for print production. If you want to learn more about improvements and updates to collaboration, take a look at The Same Page – a blog focused on Acrobat and Collaboration.

And the newest addition – Acrobat 9 Pro Extended – is the ultimate toolset for working with PDF documents. Acrobat 9 Pro Extended has all the capabilities of Acrobat 3D version 8, but also so much more… There’s a Video-to-Flash transcoder which allows drag-and-drop of any type of multimedia format onto Acrobat 9 Pro Extended, and it’s converted to Flash video automatically. And, Adobe Presenter – a powerful add-in for Microsoft PowerPoint, is included! This technology is so cool. It allows you to add audio, video, and SWF in a PowerPoint presentation and then save it to PDF for viewing offline. If you want a deeper look at the differences between the products check out the feature matrix.

Oh.. and one more thing… Acrobat 9 is now available in 28 languages! To see the full list you can refer to the Language Support page.

I expect to share more with you this week, and please feel free to send me comments so that I can help you understand the Acrobat 9 family.

If you want more information…

Take a look at the blogs and articles on AcrobatUsers.com. These contributors have been in the Acrobat pre-release program and can share their first-hand experience with the product family.

Also.. feel free to sign up to be notified when the free Acrobat 9 trial download will be available.

COMMENTS

  • By Andy McDonald - 6:53 AM on June 2, 2008  

    Hi Lori,

    All the new features sound great. One thing that continues to baffle me… why is LiveCycle Designer not offered on the Mac?! Given the number of creative pros who use OSX, it would seem logical to allow them to create attractive and highly functional interactive forms. For any design agency, the ability to offer form design amongst their branding services would surely be an obvious and popular use case. Can you please explain why Mac users continue to be offered watered-down functionality when it comes to Acrobat. Any idea if/when this might change – is there anything in the pipeline?

    Cheers

  • By Yogesh Amberkar - 10:47 AM on June 2, 2008  

    I just learnt that Adobe Acrobat reader 9 is announced along with Acrobat.com.
    I visited Acrobat.com. Contains great features. But i got somewhat confused. But i got detailed information about it later here – Adobe introduces Acrobat 9 & Acrobat.com
    It also contains detailed and fabulous review of Acrobat 9 and Acrobat.com which was a lot helpful.

    Adobe Acrobat 9 – Preview
    Acrobat.com (BETA)

  • By Yogesh Amberkar - 10:48 AM on June 2, 2008  

    I just learnt that Adobe Acrobat reader 9 is announced along with Acrobat.com.
    I visited Acrobat.com. Contains great features. But i got somewhat confused. But i got detailed information about it later here – Adobe introduces Acrobat 9 & Acrobat.com
    It also contains detailed and fabulous review of Acrobat 9 and Acrobat.com which was a lot helpful.

    Adobe Acrobat 9 – Preview
    Acrobat.com (BETA)

  • By Niall O'Donovan - 5:08 AM on June 7, 2008  

    Lori,

    Looking forward to getting our hands on v9. One aspect (which I think Adobe are working on) is an overview of the new features in v9 and their backward compliance.

    A lot od our clients will not upgrade to the new version of the free Reader. Often their IT departments restrict upgrades to v7 or at best v8.1.

    Therefore we would be very interested in find out more about backward compliance issues.

    Thanks!

    Niall

  • By Mike Spangfeld - 11:28 AM on September 3, 2008  

    I don’t know why but the adobe uk store is so much more expensive than anywhere else.

  • By ella - 1:52 AM on October 13, 2008  

    i just want to know how to fill out this form to send in?

    [[Ella - the form in the demonstration can be filled out with Adobe Reader or Acrobat. If you want to try it for yourself, I suggest you download the trial version]]