Browsers of the Internet will be
familiar with the PDF file format and it is also very likely that when installing
new software you have been exposed to the Acrobat format with, on disk,
help files or installation instructions..
Up until this version Adobe Acrobat
was a bit clunky, cumbersome and slow and it would sometimes give you a
pain waiting for the files to pop up on the screen but with this new version
Adobe has listened to the users and their comments. This version is very
much faster than earlier ones and it has some very important added features.
Perhaps the most important addition
is the ability to prepare a document and send it out to clients or co-workers
for editing and comment. The recipient then has the power to add comments
and suggested mods to the page and return it to the sender who can then
decide whether to accept and / or modify the suggested changes before sending
it off to print, the Internet or otherwise.
This editing applies to any recipient
using the standard free download of Acrobat and thus they don’t need
a full version to edit draft documents but they still cannot create new
PDFs unless owning a full version.
It also has an update on print production tools with the ability to convert
colours, preview separations, remap spot colours, flatten transparencies
etc. and minimise prepress errors with regard to ink coverage, overprints
Form design is made easier using
the Adobe LiveCycle Designer 7.0 allowing you to create forms that look
just like the real ones they replace. It is possible to incorporate such
things as calculations and data validations thus giving you the ability
to create very flexible forms.
Finding earlier PDF documents is
easier as you can view a list of previously opened documents in thumbnail
format making it easier to recognize them. It is also possible to drag and
drop between related document collections.
It has also been made easier to attach such documents as spreadsheets, drawings
and images plus multimedia.
Even the free downloadable version
available to anyone, is much faster and I was pleasantly surprised at how
quickly it had documents up and ready, when I recently downloaded it, on
another computer, to compare performance with the full version.
Adobe have certainly put some effort into satisfying users requirements
with this version which can be bought separately or as part of the CS2 pack,
which is a more economical way to go, providing you have a use for the other
programs in the package.
Free trial downloads are currently available if you want to test run it.