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Adobe Acrobat 8.0 unleashed

Creative Suite updated too

Adobe today released Acrobat 8.0, the latest version of its popular document authoring and reading software, and integrated it with its upgraded Creative Suite 2.3 Premium.

Acrobat 8.0 now offers Acrobat Connect, which allows online users to discuss and edit documents or other material in a real-time conference. The service is available for a monthly fee.

Also available is Acrobat Connect Professional, for larger meetings and with more features, including the ability to chat using VoIP (Voice over IP). Acrobat Connect will be available from early next year in English for $39 (about £21) per month, or $395 (£211) per year, per user. Connect Professional will be available from December of this year in English, German, French, Japanese, and Korean. Adobe did not announce pricing for the professional version.

The company said Acrobat 8.0 Professional will be available for Windows and Macintosh, with Acrobat 8.0 Standard for Windows, from November, in English, French, German, and Japanese. Suggested retail price for Acrobat 8.0 Professional is $449 (£239), with upgrades for $159 (£85). Suggested retail for Acrobat 8.0 Standard is $299 (£159), with upgrades for $99 (£53).

Bundled into the latest Creative Suite release is the Dreamweaver 8.0 web development software. It also includes Acrobat 8.0 Professional, which supports the PDF/X-1a, PDF/X-3 files, PDF/X-4, and PDF/A formats.

Creative Suite will be available during the fourth quarter of this year for Windows and Macintosh, in English, French, German, and Japanese. Suggested retail prices are $1,199 (£639) for the full version of Adobe Creative Suite 2.3 Premium, $159 for an upgrade from Adobe Creative Suite 2.0 Premium and $549 (£293) for an upgrade from Creative Suite 1.0 Premium and Standard.


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