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Adobe makes collaboration and reuse a priority for PDF documents

Cliff Saran

Adobe is aiming to make document collaboration more straightforward with the latest version of its PDF software.

According to Adobe, a central feature of the version is the ability to edit documents and reuse elements of existing documents to save time creating new PDF documents.

The XI release of Adobe’s PDF reader and editing software enables users to export documents into Microsoft PowerPoint slides. Users can edit PDF files and reuse elements of an existing document in their own documents. 

Adobe has also introduced cloud-based storage for PDF documents, to rival DropBox. It also supports Microsoft Office and SharePoint integration.

Addressing IT security issues, Adobe said the new version can be centrally managed. It can be deployed as a virtual application using Microsoft App-V via Citrix XenApp.

The product also provides electronic signature support through Adobe EchoSign. Adobe has developed a form creation and data capture tool called FormsCentral.

Adobe has positioned the new version as a cross-platform document reader that works well on iPads and Android-based tablets. It offers a touch-screen mode with larger icons when users access a PDF document on a tablet. 

Rather than being a device that is mainly used for content consumption, Adobe said the XI software allows tablets to be used for content creation tasks, such as approving documents and filling-in forms.

The new release encompasses Acrobat XI Pro, Acrobat XI Standard and Adobe Reader XI.


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