There’s good news and not-so-good news. Adobe’s new Acrobat Approval 5.0 is Mac compatible right off the bat. Alas, like all Adobe products, it’s not Carbonized.
The new software — the latest member of the Acrobat product family that lets corporate customers, government agencies and solution providers deploy electronic forms solutions based on the Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF). Acrobat Approval 5.0 — enables users to fill-in, spell-check, digitally sign, save and submit eForms that have been created using Acrobat 5.0 software.
With Acrobat Approval 5.0, customers can “easily deploy” eForms created using Acrobat 5.0 to small workgroups or tens of thousands of employees located around the world, according to Adobe. Using a solution based on Acrobat 5.0 and Acrobat Approval 5.0, and leveraging Adobe PDF, customers can better ensure the accuracy of forms data by automating data calculations and rule validations, retain the familiar look and feel of paper-based forms, increase the security and confidentiality of employee information and reduce administrative and materials costs, the company said in a statement.
With it, employees can fill-in Adobe PDF forms inside or outside a Web browser using a familiar software user interface, spell-check the information typed into form fields to avoid spelling errors, apply a digital signature to ensure authenticity, save forms locally for offline work, and ultimately submit forms data to a back-end database for routing and processing in a number of formats, including the eXtensible Markup Language (XML).
Acrobat Approval 5.0 is available immediately in English, French, German and Japanese versions for Macintosh OS 8.6, 9.0.4 and 9.1, as well as Windows. The product can be purchased through the Adobe Open Options licensing programs and as an electronic software download from the Adobe Web site. Pricing starts at US$39 for a single unit.