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Adobe Acrobat 9.0 Pro review

£485.92 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Adobe

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

Business workgroups producing PDF files for review or data collection will definitely want to consider Adobe Acrobat 9.0 Pro.

Business workgroups producing PDF files for review or data collection will definitely want to consider Adobe Acrobat 9.0 Pro.

See also: Adobe Acrobat 9.0 Standard review

Adobe's Acrobat 8.0 Professional saw major leaps forward in nearly every function and feature of the PDF creator. Adobe Acrobat 9.0 Pro (not Professional, just Pro) is a smaller update with a narrower focus.

There are no major improvements for creating and distributing basic or even signed or certified PDF documents in Adobe Acrobat 9.0 Pro, nor will design and print industry workers discover anything added or significantly improved for them.

Minor to moderate improvements and enhancements abound for all, but Adobe Acrobat 9.0 Pro is aimed primarily at streamlining document collaboration and review, with the goal of easing forms creation and distribution running a close second.

Business workgroups producing PDF files for review or data collection will definitely want to consider Adobe Acrobat 9.0 Pro.

The new version of Acrobat should be easy for anyone, even those with no Acrobat experience, to use out of the box. Already using Acrobat 8.0? You'll be proficient in Adobe Acrobat 9.0 Pro with almost no learning curve.

Menus and toolbars are largely the same, although thankfully tidied up a bit. Adobe Acrobat 9.0 Pro has the same love-it-or-hate-it user interface, with large, colourful toolbar buttons that are reminiscent of Microsoft Word's.

Acrobat's performance is improved over the previous version, with the application launching in about half the time. Most common tasks are accessible from the main toolbar via drop-down menus. For instance, the Create menu includes commands to create PDFs from a file, scanner, web page, the clipboard contents, or by combining multiple PDFs into one.

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Adobe Acrobat 9.0 Pro Expert Verdict »

1.3GHz or faster processor
Microsoft Windows XP Home, Professional, or Tablet PC Edition with Service Pack 2 or 3 (32-bit and 64-bit)
Windows Server 2003 (with Service Pack 2 for 64-bit)
or Windows Vista Home Basic, Home Premium, Business, Ultimate, or Enterprise with or without Service Pack 1 (32-bit and 64-bit)
Internet Explorer 6.0
256MB of RAM (512MB recommended)
2.13GB of available hard-disk space
1,024x768 screen resolution
DVD-ROM drive
video hardware acceleration (optional)
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

Thanks almost exclusively to its integration with Acrobat.com, Adobe Acrobat 9.0 Pro boasts impressive improvements for specific users. Workgroups will benefit from the easy document distribution and sharing, and anyone who works with forms will be excited by the streamlined form creation, distribution, and data collection. PDF Portfolios are also a compelling upgrade incentive to marketing, sales, and other professionals looking for a fast, easy way to build document-distribution packages with personality. Anyone just getting into PDF creation or using Acrobat 7.0 or earlier should think seriously about picking up Acrobat 9.0. Unless a new feature fills a specific need, though, users of Acrobat 8.0 can afford to skip this version. Creative professionals can certainly wait until Creative Suite 4.0 is released, which will include Acrobat 9.0 Pro.

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