Adobe Systems Incorporated has introduced Adobe Acrobat 8 software to provide knowledge workers innovative tools for communicating and collaborating with confidence across the boundaries of operating systems, applications and firewalls. With Acrobat 8, business professionals can now more effectively engage with the rich, high-value information in PDF documents and forms, and more reliably and securely drive their work to completion leveraging the ubiquitous, free Adobe Reader software.
Building on the decade-plus heritage of Adobe in the digital documents business, Acrobat 8 unveils a truly comprehensive set of capabilities for working with PDF documents within a sleek, modern user experience. The streamlined user interface enables first-time users and professionals alike to explore the power of Acrobat by easily surfacing the most valuable tasks. The ability to start common activities – such as combining, signing and protecting PDF files, interacting with PDF forms, reviewing and collaborating on documents, or launching a real-time web conference – is now as simple as a single click.
“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, Knowledge Worker Business Unit, Adobe. “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. With the addition of Acrobat Connect Professional, they can take collaboration a step further to instantly and easily connect with each other in real-time over the web.”
For the first time, all of the Acrobat 8 products, as well as Adobe Reader 8, provide one-button access to Adobe Acrobat Connect1 Professional software, an easy-to-use, hosted software service that provides immediate access to a personal meeting room for real-time web conferencing. Along with Acrobat Connect Professional, Acrobat 8 further extends the family beyond simple PDF creation and now enables users to choose the most appropriate means for engaging others, through electronic documents or in real-time over the web.
Professionals in a wide variety of areas, such as architecture, engineering and construction (AEC), finance, IT, legal, marketing, manufacturing, and publishing can use the Acrobat product line to communicate and collaborate within the context of their work. Engineers can reliably share product designs up and down the supply chain in 2D or 3D; business analysts can easily collect and more securely route sensitive financial data; lawyers can circulate contracts for digital signature; architects can enable clients and contractors to review and mark-up blueprints and proposals; and creative professionals can efficiently publish to print with the highest fidelity and reliability.
The Acrobat family in Australia and New Zealand consists of Acrobat 8 Professional, Acrobat 8 Standard, Acrobat 8 Elements, Acrobat 3D Version 8 and Acrobat Connect Professional.