Adobe Delivers Acrobat 9

The new online collaboration and productivity services will vie with Microsoft.

Adobe Systems on June 2 introduced Adobe Acrobat 9 software, an upgrade to its popular document management technology that will transform the process of creating and sharing electronic documents.

San Jose, Calif.-based Adobe said Acrobat 9 delivers native support for Adobe Flash technology, the ability to unify a wide range of content in rich PDF Portfolios and access to real-time capabilities for co-navigating a PDF document with colleagues.

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Acrobat 9 also provides support for a new suite of productivity and collaboration tools that are being unveiled as part of a public beta, as reported last week in sister publication PDF Zone.

The new suite of tools gives customers an alternative to more onerous on-premise applications from Microsoft without having to sacrifice the user experience.

For the first time, Acrobat 9 provides deep support for Adobe Flash technology, enabling users to include Adobe Flash Player compatible video and application files in PDF documents. Recipients simply need free Adobe Reader 9 software to consume the content.

Acrobat 9 also includes the ability to unify a wide range of content into a single document with the new concept of PDF Portfolios. PDF Portfolios enable business professionals to assemble multiple media types, such as documents, video, audio, and even 3D objects, into one, compressed PDF file.

In addition, Acrobat 9 provides access to capabilities for collaborating live within a PDF document-enabled by working with Acrobat.com, a new suite of hosted services Adobe introduced as public beta today, the company said.