Description and Review
and mac] Adobe
Acrobat 5.0 is PDF-creation software, from the
people who first established the PDF standard.
PDF stands for portable document format and
it remains the best way of making documents
that can be read by anyone on any platform.
Microsoft Windows 95 OSR 2.0/98/Me/NT 4.0 with
Service Pack 5 or 6, or 2000
32 MB RAM (64 MB recommended)
115 MB hard disk space; additional 70 MB hard disk
space for Asian fonts (optional)
Note: Internet Explorer 4.0.1 required for NT users
Mac OS 8.6 (some features may not be available)/9.0.4
105 MB hard disk space; additional 70 MB of hard disk
space for Asian fonts (optional)
Adobe Acrobat 5.0 is PDF-creation software, from the
people who first established the PDF standard. PDF
stands for portable document format and it remains
the best way of making documents that can be read
by anyone on any platform. Version 5.0 brings significant
improvements, particularly with regard to its interaction
with other leading software such as the Office suite
and programs such as Photoshop and Illustrator.
Installation is easy and features a function button
added to Office applications such as Word, Excel and
PowerPoint. When you have written a document in these
programs, simply click the PDF button on the toolbar
and it will guide you through saving it as a PDF.
Anyone with Acrobat Reader, which is free and available
for download from Adobe's Web site, can view the documents.
These documents can also be uploaded to Internet sites,
or onto networks. This is a key feature of this version.
This Web-savvy function means that documents can be
posted on the Intranet or a network and other users
can simultaneously view, write on, edit, highlight
and stick notes on it, using Acrobat's tools within
their browser window. This has obvious merit for anyone
who has meetings where not everyone can attend. Graphics
from leading software such as Illustrator and Photoshop
can be placed into these PDFs and when clicked on
later will launch the creation program if editing
is needed. Digital signatures can be created and added
to the PDF file so that once the key is exchanged
with your chosen recipient, security of documents
is assured as only they can open it.
All in all, Acrobat 5.0 should be an essential part
of the toolbox of anyone who needs to share documents.
It is easy to use and creates extremely high-quality
items, whether business spreadsheets, brochures for
customers (it maintains the integrity of the on-screen
version on printers, ensuring that the look you intended
is rendered to a high-quality) or Web sites. All this
can be achieved within a guaranteed-secure environment.
Alison Jardine, Amazon
Adobe Acrobat 5.0 lets you easily convert any document
to an Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) file. Whether
you create business plans, spreadsheets, graphically
rich brochures, or Web sites, Acrobat 5 is an essential
tool. Anyone with the free Adobe Acrobat Reader can
open your Adobe PDF file across a broad range of hardware
and software. It will look and print exactly as intended.
Save on printing, mailing, and warehousing by easily
distributing compact, secure, searchable Adobe PDF
files with Adobe Acrobat 5.0.
Teams can work smarter by adding comments to your
PDF files right from their Web browsers with electronic
highlighting and sticky notes, e-signature approval,
and more. Control access to sensitive content by adding
password protection to your document. Confidently
share business plans, spreadsheets, graphically rich
brochures, and even Web sites. Use a variety of security
options to control access to sensitive content or
prevent others from changing or printing your document.
Adobe PDF files retain the originals' visual integrity--with
layout, fonts, formatting, links, and images intact.
Get enhanced integration with Adobe Illustrator 9.0
and Photoshop 6.0. Acrobat 5 provides support for
transparency and consistent color management. Click
an image in your Adobe PDF file to edit natively in
Photoshop, or open Adobe PDF pages or graphics in
Illustrator for editing. Repurpose information from
your Adobe PDF files by saving the files in Rich Text
Format (RTF) for editing in Microsoft Word. Automatically
crop, rotate, or insert a large number of Adobe PDF
pages with new batch-processing capabilities, and
use tiling options to easily proof oversize documents.
Accelerate the Web-site review-and-approval process.
Capture your graphically rich sites as PDF files so
clients and internal teams can approve and comment
on your text and layout without having to go online.
Attach Adobe PDF files to e-mail or post them to your
network server. Adobe products are tightly integrated,
so PDF conversion with Acrobat is a natural next step
after you've created pages with Adobe GoLive or other
graphically rich software..
Acrobat is the big brother of Acrobat Reader, the
free utility from Adobe that enables people to view
documents irrespective of the platform (PC or Mac),
or browser (Netscape or Internet Explorer. Adobe's
Acrobat reader comes as standard with all new computers,
however the full blown version of Acrobat will cost
close to £200 and allows users to create PDF
files from Word documents, web pages and more.
There are numerous features that help with the conversion
of non-PDF files, and the creation of new PDF files,
many of which have been detailed above. There are
alternatives to buying the full version of Adobe Acrobat.
Many applications like Corel Draw now come with a
PDF conversion feature, and there are stand alone
cheaper competitors like Jaws PDF creator. Adobe however
are the originators of the PDF format and therefore
have insider knowledge no other company can acquire
that makes their software more feature-laiden than
One tip: ensure you uninstall Adobe Acrobat if you
upgrade your browser to a new version (including the
auto updates provided over the Internet by Microsoft).
That's because Adobe Acrobat integrates with your
browser and we've noticed some strange going's on
when Adobe's left on the system when the new browser
fires up. Reinstall Acrobat after the new browser's
on your system, and Acrobat will work faultlessly
Adobe Acrobat creates PDF's with ease although we
find the interface cumbersome and, at times, a little
confusing to the newcomer. If you're expecting to
create PDF's like you do a Word document you're in
for a surprise. The Quickest and easiest method of
creating PDF's is to use the excellent conversion
utility that comes as an integrated part of Adobe
Acrobat to convert an existing Word or Web page.
If you require a robust PDF creator that will enable
your documents to be shown exactly as you wish them
to be, then Adobe Acrobat is the choice.
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