New Web Capture Feature
In addition, Acrobat 7.0 will introduce a Web capture feature that will allow Windows users to convert Web pages from Internet Explorerthis will not work with alternative browsers such as the Mozilla Foundations recently released Firefox. Macintosh users will have the options of archiving Web pages as PDFs, but this process will require users to make the extra steps of opening a Web page in Acrobat and saving it as a PDF, one beta tester observed. Acrobat 7.0 (Standard and Professional) also gains several new organizing tools, such as a thumbnail-based gallery similar to one found in Adobes Photoshop image-editing application. This feature will allow searching of files across a users hard drive by criteria such as author, date or number of pages. Users will be able to group PDFs by selected criteria and examine the history of each document.The Pro edition adds conversion of Autodesk Inc.s AutoCAD and Microsoft Visio and Project files, as well as comment importing into AutoCAD files.In addition, Version 7.0 will support the U3D (Universal 3D) file format standard currently under way in the approval process with ECMA International, the Geneva-based standards organization. "Its our effort to provide a standard way to use 3-D [images] across multiple platforms in a free client," Deziel said. Is Adobe heading toward open source? Read the news in "Adobe Eyes Linux Desktop Strategy." One beta tester in the graphic arts business expressed some disappointment with the business and engineering focus of this release. But the tester, who declined attribution, was envious of Acrobats improved integration with Microsoft products. "The question for professional designers is whether Adobe is going to bring the same [level of] integration with an application like Microsoft Publisher to InDesign," the tester sadi. In addition, the Professional edition will bundle in Adobe LiveCycle Designer, which allows the design of interactive PDF- or XML-based forms. This product was previously available separately for $499. Meanwhile, security also receives a boost in Acrobat 7.0. PDF creators will be able to restrict viewing, printing, copying or modifying of documents to users with a password. Documents can also be secured using public key certificates and via Adobes Policy Server. See what eWEEK Labs has to say about Firefox in "Firefox 1.0 Lives Up to Hype." The Standard and Professional editions retail for $299 and $449, respectively. The Standard upgrade will cost $99 and $159 for the Professional edition. The company said it had reduced requirements for the Acrobat Express license from 1,000 seats to 100. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, reviews and analysis about productivity and business solutions.