This week Adobe announced the upcoming release of Adobe Acrobat X. In one way or another, we all work with PDF files and Acrobat is Adobe’s tool for creating and manipulating them. I’ll list a few of the new features that may entice you to upgrade. For some of you, the free Adobe Reader is all you need.
The new features that jumped out to me are the ability to convert a PDF file to Word and/or Excel format. Adobe claims that you can do this while retaining layouts, fonts, formatting and tables. I’ll reserve my judgement until I see the feature successfully work on the files I have at my disposal. My guess is that it will work well most of the time, but the results won’t be perfect. That still can save hours of work for some projects so I see this as a huge new feature.
Another highly touted new feature is improved scanning results via better OCR technology and smaller files by up to 50%. I’ve not used the scanning feature in the past and thus any improvements really wouldn’t have an effect on my workflow.
There are four overall versions of Acrobat. On the low end is the free Adobe Reader. Most users will probably want to decide between Acrobat Standard (list price $299) and Acrobat Pro (list price $449). There is a new piece in the lineup name Acrobat X Suite that adds Photoshop CS5, Captivate 5, Presenter 7 and LiveCycle Designer ES2.
Check out each of the products and see if one of them is right for you. They are scheduled to begin shipping on December 1, 2010. If you see a cool feature I haven’t mentioned, post a comment and tell us all what it is and what you like about it!