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  Adobe Acrobat 9 (Pro Extended)

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The latest release of Adobe Acrobat software, Acrobat 9, redefines the possibilities for creating and collaborating on high impact business communications that reach across corporate firewalls to coworkers, partners, and customers worldwide. An array of new features such as the ability to convert popular video formats to Adobe Flash® for easy integration into Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) files, rapid creation of engaging PDF Portfolios, and use of Adobe Presenter for developing and delivering interactive content make Acrobat 9 the most powerful release of Acrobat to date.

With Acrobat 9, professionals in sales, engineering, marketing, and many other disciplines can leverage the now native support for Flash to create and deliver interactive PDF Portfolios to unify a range of information including rich video, 3D models, maps, and other engaging content all combined with a variety of document types such as spreadsheets, text documents and e-mail to enhance your message and bring greater clarity and impact to your document-based communications. At the same time, managers across disciplines can accelerate project completion using advanced collaboration features in Acrobat 9 that enable staff and partners to participate in real-time, digital document reviews. We encourage you to explore how Acrobat 9 is transforming the delivery of impactful communications anytime, anyplace.

The new capabilities, as well as enhancements to long-popular features such as document control and form creation and data capture, deliver unprecedented creativity and ease for sharing relevant, memorable business communications.

The Adobe Acrobat 9 Family
The Acrobat 9 product family features three versions: Acrobat 9 Standard, Acrobat 9 Pro, and Acrobat 9 Pro Extended. We've provided you with Acrobat 9 Pro Extended so you can experience the widest range of capabilities of the products. At the end of this guide, we've included a table that describes which features are available in each version of the product—and which features are new or enhanced in each version. We have also indicated which features are new or enhanced throughout this document.

The Review:
Adobe Acrobat has been around for quite a long time now and the free reader provided by Adobe to one and all made this program a standard for everyone to use when it comes to sending and receiving or exchanging documents without worry that the other party is able to read it.

This newest version 9 of Acrobat writer however is not like the previous versions. I think that the only thing missing is the kitchen sink. When going through the demos created for this review the program blew me away with the latest capabilities such as flash manipulation in a flat document.

Creating forms to fill out to creating a complete business portfolio is not a reality with this latest version. Your PDF file now opens to a totally interactive document with video and audio capabilities and is now the greatest tool for any presenter of information.

There are way too many features to cover in this review because it would take pages and pages to even come close to writing about all the features. Here is a list of key phrases that would give some semblance of what you can find in version 9 of Acrobat writer:
″ Consume content more quickly; Reader and Acrobat launch 2 to 3 times faster than prior versions

″ View, print, search, and interact with PDF files, including PDF Portfolios and PDF maps

″ Use to store and share documents, author documents, and share your screen

″ Create an Adobe PDF with one click from Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, and Access

″ Convert a website to a PDF retaining layout and animation

″ Archive e-mails or e-mail folders from Microsoft Outlook or Lotus Notes

″ Scan paper documents into PDF and recognize text with optical character recognition (OCR)

″ Save PDF files as Microsoft Word documents and other formats

″ Merge multiple files into a single PDF

″ Assemble multiple files into a single, compressed PDF Portfolio

″ Commenting tools including sticky notes, text edits, highlighter, callout, stamps, and other basic shapes

″ Initiate a shared review workflow using and track the status

″ Collaborate in real-time with synchronized document views and chat using

″ Protect PDF documents with 256-bit encryption and apply restrictions on viewing, printing, and altering

″ Authenticate and certify PDF documents with digital signatures

″ Examine documents for hidden information and delete as needed

″ Forms Edit Mode simplifies the creation of a fill-able PDF from existing document or paper

″ Initiate a forms data collection workflow using and track the status

″ Enable Adobe Reader users to fill in and save forms locally for offline use

″ Analyze forms data dynamically, including searching, sorting, and filtering

″ Create XML-based PDF forms using Adobe LiveCycle Designer ES 8.21

″ Personalize a PDF Portfolio using professional, branded, customizable layouts

″ Search for sensitive words or patterns and then permanently delete them with redaction tools

″ Enable Adobe Reader users to participate in reviews with complete commenting and markup tools

″ Enable Adobe Reader users to digitally sign PDF documents

″ Create PDF with one click from Autodesk AutoCAD, Microsoft Visio, and Microsoft Project1

″ Compare two PDF documents with text and image differences highlighted

″ Embed Flash animations and H.264 videos in PDF documents which can be played back natively in Adobe Reader

″ Convert a variety of video formats to Flash

″ Create interactive, on-demand presentations and publish them to PDF using Adobe Presenter

″ Convert 2D and 3D designs from CAD applications to PDF for use by teams without CAD or viewer software

″ Includes Adobe 3D Reviewer to combine multiple CAD formats into one assembly and save as PDF

″ Create PDF maps by importing geospatial files that retain metadata and coordinates.

Needless to say, this latest version 9 of Acrobat Writer is the cat's Meow and no business or presenter can do without. My hat is off to you Adobe again. Great work!!

Review ID Number: 726
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Review Date: 2008-09-30
Reviewer: Nick Sardy
Rating: 10 out of 10
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