One step closer to the paperless office
Acrobat 8 Professional was recently released, and we received a copy for review. The platform-independent PDF needs no introduction: it is the most popular and versatile document format for registration forms, manuals, e-books, reports, brochures… but what do you get for the $499 (Rs 22,500) price?
For starters (literally), the Getting Started screen makes things easy. The Start Meeting and Review & Comment button opens Adobe Connect, a replacement for Macromedia Breeze for hosting virtual meetings and collaborations. What strikes the eye is the revamped interface, something as revolutionary as what Microsoft did with Office 2007—but not to worry; things have only gotten easier.
Acrobat 8 lets you combine different document formats such as PDFs, spreadsheets, Word documents, images, reports, etc. into a single PDF, something the older versions couldn’t do. There is tighter control over redactions, giving top-secret documents enhanced security: sensitive text is permanently blacked out. This is an improvement; with previous versions, text blacked out in Microsoft Word was revealed when converted to PDF. What’s more, you can even erase search keywords.
Finally, one can download and fill in PDF forms electronically and fax them. If someone mails you a PDF invitation or questionnaire and it doesn’t contain standard form fields, Acrobat 8 Professional can detect and convert flat lines into live form fields ready to accept data. This brings you one step closer to the paperless office.
Acrobat 8 integrates well with MS Office 2000 to 2003, though it did not integrate with Office 2007 on our test PC. At $499, it’s the price that’s the pain. If creating PDFs is what you need, there are free programs for the purpose; it’s the security and data-sharing facilities in Acrobat 8 that can prove to be of immense value for some.
|Performance : 4.5|
|Features : 4.5|
|Ease of use : 4.5|
|Value for Money : 4|
|Overall : 3|
Contact : Adobe Systems Ind P Ltd
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Price : Rs. 25,000