Acrobat 9 will include functionality Adobe
currently delivers separately, sources say.
Adobe Systems is expected to deliver the next version of its Acrobat
platform under the name Adobe 9 in the summer of 2008, and details of the
features in the new version have begun to surface, according to sources.
Adobe Acrobat is a platform for viewing, creating, manipulating and managing
files in Adobe's PDF format.
The company will offer only one version of Adobe Acrobat 9 for Mac users, a
Professional version, sources said. The company is discontinuing the Standard
version on the Mac with the next release. However, Windows users will still
have the option of choosing the Standard or Professional version of the
Moreover, users acquire Acrobat to create forms that can be completed
electronically by users. That capability was previously available only in
Acrobat Professional. But with Acrobat 9, this capability also will be in the
Standard version, sources said
Adobe also has been marketing a stand-alone version of Acrobat called
Acrobat 3D, which is targeted at the architectural, engineering and CAD/CAM/CAE
Acrobat 3D enables users to take three-dimensional designs and embed them in
PDF files. For Acrobat 9, Adobe is adding that Acrobat 3D technology to the
professional version of the upcoming release, sources said.
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In addition, Adobe is adding a forms routing capability for data collection
in Acrobat 9, according to sources. Users can work with Acrobat for forms
creation and Adobe will provide a hosted service where users can route data.
A similar service is available from a company called FormRouter, which says
its hosted service lowers costs, saves time and simplifies the deployment of
online forms. With the FormRouter service using Adobe Acrobat 8, form designers
can enable Adobe Reader users to participate in document reviews, digitally
sign documents, and fill in and save PDF forms.
Adobe is also continuing to expand its support for real-time document markup.
Acrobat 9 enables users to, in real time, review and mark up documents in a
shared space, sources said. This is essentially technology from Adobe Connect,
which was formerly a product called Breeze from Macromedia, which Adobe
acquired in 2005.
In addition to these new features and changes to the product, which are
among the bigger features in new release, according to sources, Adobe also has
made a number of user interface revisions and expanded capabilities for
Acrobat 9 represents the next major release of the
Acrobat technology since Acrobat 8 was released in November 2006.