Adobe Systems Monday released
Acrobat 8, a new version of its popular document authoring and reading software that will run natively on Intel-based Macs, and integrated it with its upgraded Creative Suite 2.3 Premium (which remains PowerPC-native, at least for now).
New features in Acrobat 8 include the ability to merge multiple files into a single PDF document. Users can now permanently remove sensitive text, images, metadata and other content in PDF files, to help meet industry guidelines for information sharing. Adobe has also sped up Acrobat, with enhancements to markup tools.
Acrobat 8 now offers Acrobat Connect, which allows online users to discuss and edit documents or other material in a real-time conference. The service is available for a monthly fee.
Also available is Acrobat Connect Professional, for larger meetings and with more features, including to chat using VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol). Acrobat Connect will be available from early next year in English for US$39 per month, or $395 per year, per user. Connect Professional will be available from December of this year in English, German, French, Japanese, and Korean. Adobe did not announce pricing for the professional version.
The company said Acrobat 8 Professional will be available for Windows and Macintosh, with Acrobat 8 Standard for Windows, from November, in English, French, German, and Japanese. As promised, Adobe will deliver the software as a Universal binary that runs natively on Intel and PowerPC-based Macs. The other Creative Suite applications remain PowerPC-based only, for the moment, though they do operate in Rosetta, the emulator that lets Intel-based Macs run software designed for PowerPC-based machines.
Suggested retail price for Acrobat 8 Professional is $449, with upgrades for $159. Suggested retail for Acrobat 8 Standard is $299, with upgrades for US$99.
Bundled into the latest Creative Suite release is the Dreamweaver 8 Web development software. It also includes Acrobat 8 Professional, which supports the PDF/X-1a, PDF/X-3 files, PDF/X-4, and PDF/A formats.
Creative Suite will be available during the fourth quarter of this year for Windows and Macintosh, in English, French, German, and Japanese. Suggested retail prices are US$1199 for the full version of Adobe Creative Suite 2.3 Premium, US$159 for an upgrade from Adobe Creative Suite 2 Premium, and US$549 for an upgrade from Creative Suite 1.x Premium and Standard.
Editor’s note: Additional details about what’s changed in Acrobat 8 were added. Clarified Universal binary status.