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First Look at Adobe Acrobat 8.0 Professional

First Look at Adobe Acrobat 8.0 Professional



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A brief introduction--originally published at AcrobatUsers.com--to feature enhancements and interface changes in Adobe Acrobat 8.0 Professional.
A brief introduction--originally published at AcrobatUsers.com--to feature enhancements and interface changes in Adobe Acrobat 8.0 Professional.

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First Look: Adobe Acrobat 8
18 September 2006by Kurt Foss, Editor,AcrobatUsers.com
= Intuitive interface =
The first thing experienced users of Adobe Acrobat will notice in the newestincarnation --Acrobat 8-- announced today and expected to be available inNovember, is astreamlined, task-oriented user interfacewith customizabletoolbars.For starters, a new "Getting Started" window is designed to make it easierfor users to access and learn how to accomplish the most common or desiredtasks in Acrobat. Too often people don't realize that a certain capabilityexists, according toRandy Swineford, Group Product Manager for Acrobat, sothe company has "bubbled up" the "20 percent of the product that 80percent of our customers use."The eight featured categories, which are duplicated in the Acrobat 8 taskbar,are:• Create PDF• Combine Files• Export• Start Meeting• Secure• Sign• Forms• Review & CommentClicking any of the categories opens a task-specific page containing examplesand ideas, specific guidelines and additional information, and links to thetools within Acrobat for that particular use.Beneath this cleaner arrangement of icons, toolbars and related navigationalelements is an even more powerful application that includes several long-requested features, numerous others aimed at a broad horizontal spectrumof users and several new and expanded features of special interest to selectvertical markets.
= New and improved =
Other new and enhanced features in Acrobat 8 Professional include the abilityto:
• Control pages to be combined and final file sizeYou can easily select and arrange individual parts of an original PDF, Word,Excel, PowerPoint, Visio or AutoCAD files to be combined, and control thesize of the resulting file.• Combine multiple files into one PDF packageYou can combine multiple files into a searchable, sortable PDF package thatmaintains the individual security settings and digital signatures of eachincluded PDF document.• Unify PDF documents with consistent headers, footers and watermarksYou can add, remove and edit headers, footers and watermarks in PDF fileswith live previews, a streamlined interface, and the ability to save settings aspresets for easy reuse.• Manage shared reviewsYou can easily conduct and track shared reviews, without IT assistance, thatallow review participants to see each other's comments as they make them.• Enable even more advanced features in Adobe ReaderYou can enable anyone to fill and save electronic forms offline, and todigitally sign documents using the free Reader.• Participate in real-time collaboration via Acrobat ConnectYou can launch real-time, Web-based collaboration capabilities from a singlebutton, leveraging Flash and the ubiquity of Flash Player (software soldseparately).• Streamline PDF forms creation, distribution and data collectionYou can automatically recognize and convert form fields in static PDFdocuments, and more easily manage the distribution of forms and collectionof forms data.• Permanently remove sensitive informationYou can search for and remove metadata, hidden layers, and other concealedinformation, and use new redaction tools to permanently delete sensitivetext, illustrations or other content.• Enjoy improved performance and support for AutoCAD
You can now more rapidly convert AutoCAD files into compact PDFdocuments, even without AutoCAD software installed.• Archive e-mail in PDFYou can configure Acrobat 8 Professional to automatically archive e-mail inMicrosoft Outlook and Lotus Notes for easy search and retrieval.
= Focus on the document =
Another aspect of the new interface is quickly obvious when you open a PDFfile.In Acrobat 7, a displayed PDF appears under the Acrobat framework, whichcan include multiple layers of toolbars, thus diminishing the space for viewingthe file. In Acrobat 8, according to Swineford, the goal was to "make thedocument more prominent," reducing the overhead and visual weight of theapplication. As part of that change, the left-side elements-- for viewingpages, bookmarks, signatures, help, attachments and comments--appearonly as small icons.Along the top, a minimum number of toolbar elements are loaded by default,with a new "Customize Toolbars" option that allows a user to configureadditional toolbars with only those tools most frequently accessed.
= Reader now is 'Saver,' too =
Acrobat 8 resolves perhaps one of the longest-standing user requests, andwill bring to an end one of the catchier retorts seen on e-mail discussion listsand forums for many years. Acrobat 8 Professional extends the Reader-enabling capabilities introduced in the previous version, which provided away to allow commenting on PDFs with Reader. With the new version, youcan now enable PDF forms to be filled in and saved--including the user-submitted data. You can also enable the addition of digital signatures. Nolonger will it be appropriate to say 'if it could save, it would be called Saver,not Reader.' 
= Meet me at the PDF =
Collaboration has been one of the growing uses for PDF in recent years, withthe ability to have users review and comment documents through a Webbrowser and/or e-mail. Making it work well consistently has been a technicalchallenge for some, often requiring IT support. Further, with e-mail-basedreviews, different participants have not been able to see the comments of 

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