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What's new in Adobe Acrobat 9?

Between versions 8 and 9 is not much; however, they have improved on some of the features. You can easily capture websites in a PDF with the HTML links embedded in the document.

A neat feature in Acrobat 9 is comparing two PDF files where changes are highlighted indicating the revisions made from the first to the last version.

Acrobat 9 still had the ongoing feature of converting any Microsoft Office product by using the PDF Maker and sending it through Acrobat.com or your own server.


A new feature is creating a live collaboration session of the same document so that everyone can see the same document. However, this does require and Adobe ID, which can be obtain by registering through Adobe.com.
Didn't you hate it that you had to create each box or field for creating forms? Well, Acrobat 9 now allows you to create forms in a second. Using the forms wizard you can now create a document to a form in a matter of clicks. Neverthelesss, there may be those fields that still need to be created manually because it may not be identified as a fillable area.

There are those documents where you wanted to know if someone completed them or who has not completed the form, well, Acrobat 9 now has a tracker that can be used to shwo when forms have been completed. This can only be done if you are usign the distribution wizard in Acrobat 9. This feature was available in Acrobat 8, but it had some technical issues.

Need to sign a document, but can't get there? Acrobat 8 had digital signatures, but now Acrobat 9 allows you to create an ink signature by adding handwritten signatures on a page. This will help expedite your documents with real signatures.

Multimedia and 3D models have not be resolved in Acrobat 9. You can add flash videos and animations to your PDF documents. No additional player is needed. When you are asking for feedback on multimedia or 3D models you can add comments to the video as you are watching it in the PDF document. This function can be done in the standard and reader versions of Acrobat 9.

Last, looking for a digital program that will assemble all your PDF documents in order or just in one file to be reviewed? Well, Acrobat 9 incorporated the PDF portfolio. You can share your PDF documents in order or in a batch through the PDF portfolio incorporated in Acrobat 9.

Looking for more new functions in Acrobat 9 or need help? Or, want to see samples of a PDF document with multimedia or a portfollio? Go to: http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobatpro/ for a featured tour or http://www.adobe.com/accessibility/products/acrobat/pdf/A9-access-best-practices.pdf for more information.

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Dorothy said…
Mahalo e Cassie for the Adobe Acrobat 9 update. I tried testing out the digital signature with the preschool application I was working on for Katelyn. The new version worked well with converting the PDF non fillable form to a fillable one and it was cool to see it pick up the signature field automatically and link up to security features for the digital signature. I think the preschool is still old fashioned so I'll have to print out and sign by hand for those pages of the application. :)

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