Adobe today announced the latest version of its Acrobat suite of products.
Set to hit the market in the next 30 days, the new Reader X and Acrobat X products are promising tighter security, better collaboration, and easier PDF reading.
Beyond the tighter security, Reader X will offer Sticky Notes and Highlighter tools for people who want to add comments to a PDF. And users on the go will be able to grab mobile versions of Reader X for Android, Windows Phone 7, and the BlackBerry Tablet operating systems.
For people who need to create and edit PDFs, the Acrobat X lineup will roll out in three different versions.
Acrobat X Standard will offer a basic set of new features, including the ability to convert a PDF to a Word document or Excel spreadsheet and integration with Microsoft's SharePoint. The Standard edition will retail for $299 and offer an upgrade price of $139.
Next in time will be Acrobat X Pro, which provides additional features. PDF Portfolios will let you combine a variety of different types of files to create a single portfolio with customized themes, layouts, and logos. The new Actions feature will allow you to automate time-consuming tasks and share those with other people. The Pro version is expected to cost $449 with a $199 upgrade fee.
And Acrobat X Suite will team up Adobe Acrobat X Pro, Adobe Photoshop CS5, Adobe Captivate 5, Adobe Presenter 7, Adobe LiveCycle Designer ES2, and Adobe Media Encoder CS5. The suite will carry a price tag of $1,199 with a $799 upgrade cost.
Adobe is also unveiling a couple of new cloud-based services.
A kind of virtual post office, Adobe SendNow will let you send, receive, and keep track of large files. The idea behind this service is to help people avoid e-mail gateways that restrict file size and FTP servers that can be difficult to use. Adobe's new CreatePDF will convert a file to a PDF from within Adobe Reader X or any Web browser. Both services will debut in November.
Adobe users can now preorder any of the Acrobat X products.