Adobe Systems Acrobat Professional 8.0

  • Review
  • Specs
  • Images
  • User Reviews
  • Buy Now
Adobe Systems Acrobat Professional 8.0
  • Expert Rating

    4.00 / 5

Pros

  • Extensible, works well with Flash, Start Meeting and SharePoint features

Cons

  • Not everyone will require its full arsenal of electronic document creation and management tools

Bottom Line

If you need to digitise and archive documents using a scanner, create secure, extensible electronic documents, produce professional marketing documents and other publications and automate form and questionnaire creation, Acrobat 8.0 Pro will definitely suit you.

Would you buy this?

Confusion reigns about Acrobat. Many people mistakenly believe that 'Acrobat' refers to the free PDF (portable document format) reader that's supplied with many applications. In fact, that product is known simply as Adobe Reader. It's easy to see how the mix-up came about: in the past Adobe used to call this program Acrobat Reader.

Using Acrobat Professional, PDFs can be created from a range of document types and merged into a single continuous document that you scroll through sequentially like a book, complete with page numbers, or used as a repository for all sorts of research elements. These can be extrapolated so specific chapters, paragraphs or illustrations are included in the PDF, without having to chop out and reference items by hand. Office applications retain their attributes using this way of saving Acrobat PDFs. Microsoft Outlook and Lotus Notes emails can also be filed and combined in this way, using a built-in tool called PDFMaker.

Publishing tool

Since a PDF is in essence a snapshot of another document with both fonts and graphics embedded within it, it's ideal for publishing work. Supply a layout as a PDF and the printer has an exact copy of how the pages ought to look typographically, as well as image- and colour-wise. And having an electronic proof is an invaluable fallback if things should go wrong and a claim needs to be made for shoddy workmanship.

This latter aspect is what makes Acrobat Pro useful for many tasks besides creating PDFs for their own sake. As a fixed, non-editable document, PDFs are a fantastic way of publishing lengthy reports and other important documents on the web or a company intranet. They can be compressed to very small file sizes, downloaded on demand and encrypted to make them tamper proof.

This makes them far and away more useful than a word-processed document. They prevent others being able to copy-and-paste text, graphics or both, making plagiarism and copyright theft far harder. Users can encrypt PDFs for sending via email as well as locking up the document itself.

This means that PDFs can be invaluable in all sorts of scenarios such as legal offices, architectural practices and design agencies, as well as governmental, educational establishments and for public bodies.

Acrobat is extensible, so you can embed page, keyword and section links and include hyperlinks to online and offline web pages and other documents. Acrobat works well, for instance, with Flash - another big gun in the Adobe arsenal. It's useful for collaborative projects too. PDFs can be shared around a team with everyone invited to add comments, corrections and other input directly on to the document, or as footnotes that others can selectively see and to which they can add their own feedback.

Version 8.0 includes Start Meeting. With this users can share the same workscreen with others as they collaborate via a Web-conferencing session. For advanced Microsoft Office users, there's the option of using SharePoint, too. Acrobat's LiveCycle Designer can create forms for online research purposes as well as standard day-to-day form-filling. There are templates for expense claim forms and purchase ledgers, and letter-based documents requesting a job quote.

Standard forms can also be imported. We were quickly able to edit the Customer satisfaction survey template for our sample start-up company to quickly solicit feedback on how well our first few customers had found our performance.

Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

David Coyle

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.

Kurt Hegetschweiler

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

It’s perfect for mobile workers. Just take it out — it’s small enough to sit anywhere — turn it on, load a sheet of paper, and start printing.

Matthew Stivala

HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer

The HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer is a great device that fits perfectly into my fast paced and mobile lifestyle. My first impression of the printer itself was how incredibly compact and sleek the device was.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?