Adobe Systems has released what it refers to as the next generation of Acrobat, version XI, with a cloud-computing structure. Products included in this release are: Acrobat XI Pro, Acrobat XI Standard, Adobe Reader XI and newly integrated document services called Adobe FormsCentral and Adobe EchoSign.
More specifically, FormsCentral and EchoSign are part of the cloud services of Adobe’s new PDF software, allowing for Web contracting (EchoSign) and forms creation, data collection and analysis (FormsCentral). Access to both Adobe EchoSign and FormsCentral starts at $14.95 per month, while Acrobat XI Standard is expected to be $299 ($139 upgrade) and Acrobat XI Pro is expected to be $449 ($199 upgrade).
Acrobat XI features what Adobe calls complete PDF editing and export to Microsoft PowerPoint and new GUI support for tablets. The company also points to the following new and improved Acrobat XI features:
– Edit PDF files, modify paragraphs, images, and objects by click-and-drag using the new Edit Text and Images tool. Arrange and visually merge select content and multiple documents into one organized PDF file, while retaining source file integrity;
– Enhanced mobile capabilities include the ability work with PDF files across tablets and smartphones in touch-friendly Adobe Reader to annotate and add comments, as well as fill in, sign and save forms;
– Save PDF documents as PowerPoint, Word or Excel files or reuse parts of or entire PDF files as Microsoft Office documents and Web pages without retyping or need to reformat; and
– Improved protection of all PDF files created from Microsoft PowerPoint, Word, and Excel to help prevent copying, editing, or printing without permission.