Acrobat 8

The Good Acrobat 8.1 lets you fill out and collect forms digitally instead of having to print them; intuitive wizards walk you through the features; better manages redactions, metadata and security; integrates with Acrobat Connect to collaborate with other users.

The Bad We ran into quirks during testing; Acrobat Reader can slow down Web surfing.

The Bottom Line For composing long PDF packages at an office that requires security and wants to use the new digital forms, Acrobat's got the goods, but it's overkill if you only seek to make short PDF files.

Editors' Rating
  • Setup 8.0
  • Features 8.0
  • Support 7.0
7.6 Overall

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Review

Acrobat 8

Acrobat 8.1 Professional for Windows offers more intuitive software than Acrobat 7 to better bridge the gap between the online and print worlds.

Whenever you download and print event registration forms, large reports, books, or sleek brochures from the Web, you usually wind up dealing with a file in Adobe's Portable Document Format (PDF). Adobe Acrobat is the standard-bearer for creating and editing complex PDF files. But why do you even need Acrobat when dozens of competing applications and free, Web-based services also can create PDF files?

While the price remains the same from Acrobat 7, we think the $449 Acrobat is unnecessary if you merely need to create little PDFs. However, version 8.1's enhancements make it richer than its predecessors if you require additional security and data-sharing that the little PDF makers can't provide. The additions to Acrobat 8.1 should appeal to those working in fields that deal with sensitive data--especially legal, medical, and financial professionals.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $299
  • Brand Adobe
  • Category creativity application
  • Compatibility PC
  • OS Family Windows
  • Version 8.0
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