Adobe says Acrobat 9.0 will be available in July and in three different versions: Standard, Pro and Pro Extended.
It will be sold standalone and Pro will be integrated into Adobe’s
Creative Suite 3.3 Design Premium and Standard editions. CS 3.3 is also due in
New features and functionalities include native support for
Flash so users can combine video, audio, animation and application files in the
same PDF document and support for 256-bit encryption. It just takes free Adobe
Reader to open one of these newfangled PDFs.
Users will also be able to create customized layouts or pick
from several templates, a scheme Adobe calls PDF Portfolios.
Pricing will run from $99 for upgrades of Standard to $699
for Pro Extended, which includes Adobe Presenter, software that turns
PowerPoint presentations into multimedia.
There is also a public beta of Acrobat.com available now, an
online Adobe cloud where a bunch of free hosted service will let people collaborate
inside a PDF document – like making sure everybody’s literally on the same page
though there’s no real-time co-editing.
Acrobat.com users can store and share files, gather
comments, access Adobe’s web-based word processor, Buzzword, and use Adobe’s
ConnectNow web conferencing service (limit: four people).
Acrobat 9 will
initially be limited to English, French, German and Japanese. Acrobat.com is in
Creative Suite is supposed to range from $1,199-$2,499, with upgrades from CS3 at $159.