Along with updating Reader, Adobe has revised its flagship software for creating PDFs, Adobe Acrobat. Also subjected to Roman numeral naming, the new version is known as Adobe Acrobat X. One major new feature, called Actions, allows administrators to set up a custom workflow that walks users through a sequence of actions they should take when creating a PDF. For instance, an organization can set up an Action for cleansing a PDF of metadata before it is released.
Acrobat X extends its use of Adobe Flash. Over the past few iterations of the format, Adobe has expanded PDFs to contain not only text documents but also include audio, video, three-dimensional renderings and other media-rich content. With this release, Acrobat has a number of pre-built Flash templates that can be used as interactive tables of content for PDFs containing multiple elements. Advanced users can use the Adobe Flex developer environment to build even more custom directories, Brown said.
Acrobat is also fully integrated with Microsoft SharePoint, allowing Acrobat files to enjoy all the privileges of Microsoft Office files, Brown said.
The standard version of Acrobat X will be priced at $299 for a new copy and $139 for an upgrade. Reader X will be free.