Tuesday, 02 October 2012 14:40

Acrobat XI goes touchy-cloudy

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The latest iteration of Adobe's venerable PDF software focuses on integration with cloud services and Microsoft software, plus a 'touch-friendly' user interface.

Due to ship by the end of the month, Acrobat XI allows the editing of text, images and other objects within PDF files, and allows selected content from one or more files to be saved into a new file.

PDF files or parts of documents can be saved for use in Excel, PowerPoint or Word formats allowing reuse without retyping.

Conversely, the new release also provides better protection of PDFs created from those same programs to help prevent unauthorised copying, editing or printing.

Adobe Acrobat XI comes in Pro and Standard editions. There is also a corresponding Adobe Reader XI.

Reader is also available as an app for iPad and Android tablets, allowing the Adobe product to be used across a wider range of devices - something that is particularly important in this BYOD era.

The mobile versions provide for forms to be completed, signed and saved.

Also from an enterprise perspective, Acrobat XI and Reader XI can be deployed as centrally-managed applications via Microsoft App-V and Citrix XenApp. Adobe also offers free tools for configuration and installation.

Cloud services supported by Acrobat XI include Adobe's EchoSign (electronic signing) and FormsCentral (form distribution plus data collection and analysis).

"To help keep Australian businesses globally competitive, we see our customers focusing on boosting collaboration, extending infrastructure so employees can be just as productive on tablets and smartphones as they are on laptops," said Paul Robson, managing director at Adobe Australia.

"They are investing to make their business secure in an increasingly digital and complex environment.

"Acrobat has been a trusted desktop solution for leading organisations across Australia for many years, and the release of Acrobat XI will continue to help address productivity challenges and boost organisational efficiency."

Expected prices are $709 for Pro and $467 for Standard. Reader XI continues to be a free program.

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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

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