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Adobe Introduces Acrobat X Software

Adobe's document and publishing technologies are turning into tools for collaboration and work-flow management.

Adobe on Monday unveiled its Adobe Acrobat X software family, a collection of document publishing and collaboration applications and services.

The collection consists of Acrobat X, the latest iteration of the company's PDF creation application; Reader X, its PDF viewing application; the Acrobat X Suite, a combination of Acrobat X Pro, Photoshop CS5, Captivate 5, Presenter 7, and Media Encoder CS5; and CreatePDF and SendNow, two new services for document creation and exchange offered through Acrobat.com.

Adobe is positioning its applications as tools to enhance workplace collaboration. Acrobat X, for example, includes new layouts, palettes, and themes for PDF Portfolios, a technology introduced in Acrobat 9 that allows users to bundle a variety of productivity application files into a kind of portable Web site or slide show. The company anticipates that knowledge workers will find it easier to package project assets into a PDF Portfolio for distribution, review, and approval than it would be to send a large set of files separately.

Acrobat X also includes the ability to construct guided Actions, sequences of commands that can be applied to one or more PDFs or other files, for training purposes or work flow automation.

In addition, Acrobat X now includes integration with Microsoft SharePoint.

Reader X adds improved commenting through Sticky Notes and a Highlighter tool. Reader X is also available for some mobile platforms, including Android, Blackberry Tablet OS, and Windows Phone 7.

Reader X for Windows should be more secure than its predecessors because it includes new sandboxing technology to limit the impact of software vulnerabilities.

The two new Acrobat.com services, CreatePDF and SendNow, are designed to facilitate the conversion of files into PDFs and to send and receive large documents in a way that's easier to manage than e-mail or physical document distribution.

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