Adobe rolls out Acrobat number 8

Adobe Systems has launched the eighth incarnation of its popular Acrobat software program, which it claims offers better collaborative features than ever before.

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By  Matthew Wade Published  September 27, 2006

“Hundreds of millions of users of Acrobat and Adobe Reader have established PDF as a trusted format that enables documents to flow between companies and across the gap between digital and print,” said Tom Hale, senior vice president of Adobe’s Knowledge Worker Business Unit. “With Acrobat 8, Adobe is enabling knowledge workers to use next generation electronic documents to easily collaborate with people, ideas and information, regardless of all-too-common operating system or platform constraints.” Acrobat 8 includes ‘Acrobat Connect’; an easy-to-use, hosted software service that provides immediate access to a personal meeting room for real-time web conferencing. With this, Hale claimed, users “can take collaboration a step further to instantly and easily connect with each other in real-time over the web”. For the first time with this release, all of the Acrobat 8 products - including Adobe Reader 8 - provide one-button access to this Acrobat Connect1 software. Acrobat 8 Professional or Acrobat 3D Version 8 can enable anyone with the free Adobe Reader2 to digitally sign and save PDF forms. Additionally, PDF packages allow for the grouping of disparate information into what appears like a single document, but preserves individual files and security settings for maximum flexibility. All in all, the new Acrobat family consists of Acrobat 8 Professional, Acrobat 8 Standard, Acrobat 8 Elements, Acrobat 3D Version 8, Acrobat Connect, and Acrobat Connect Professional.

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