Adobe Acrobat XI - Eleven Shades of Red
Bureaucratic apparatus and Acrobat XI have two things in common, their appetite for paperwork and their fondness of color red. While Acrobat will never make red tape obsolete, it can add a nice bow to it and make the documents fly at speed of light. Vogons would approve.From A Mist Straight Into the Cloud
For the average PDF-viewing user, Adobe Acrobat and its features and pricing, are probably difficult to understand. Graphic designers, on the other hand, understand it well. Adobe is blessed with at least two brands that are more recognizable than its own name: Photoshop and PDF. Unlike Photoshop, PDF has, for a very long time now, had a hard time tying itself exclusively to Adobe (and Acrobat), as dozens of PDF readers, editors, and converters are available on every operating system now. However, things were not always that way, they began with Acrobat. Now it appears the cycle has completed a full rotation as third party developers will find it quite difficult to match the raw power and flexibility of Acrobat XI.
Everything has changed, however, that does not mean that the old features are gone. Actually, concerning graphic design tools for pre-press, nothing substantial has been added for quite a few versions now. This is irrelevant though, as all these features can be found in newer versions of InDesign. The (interactive) viewing capabilities are also there, along with the ability to digitally sign documents. What Acrobat XI offers, instead of tweaks or upgrades to existing capabilities, is a plethora of completely new tools that range from content editing to comprehensive Cloud services. There is no doubt that Acrobat XI will become the bestselling version of Acrobat and finally take the title of the best PDF tool on the market.
Acrobat is not just "trying to catch the Cloud train"; it is creating its own carriage. acrobat.com
has been in the Cloud for quite some time now, and EchoSign, a new Cloud service directly attached to Acrobat XI is one of the reasons why XI will be so attractive to large corporations and individual users alike.EchoSign
For many of us who live in countries where digitally signed documents have legal weight, EchoSign will become the most useful feature of Acrobat XI. What EchoSign offers, putting it in a terribly simplified way, is a digital document management, distribution, and signing system. PDF documents can be read, signed, and pushed forward on most platforms, including mobile ones that run on Android and iOS. Necessary paperwork can be viewed, reviewed, edited, and signed anywhere, at any time. Although the first feature phones like those big, old, folding Nokias boasted that users could "carry your office with you", EchoSign is the first commercially available, and easy to use, system that really enables this.
Perhaps, for now, EchoSign will mostly be useful to larger companies, but digital signatures for individuals have been available for some time now, and once the governments "catch up" and make these signatures truly viable for non-commercial purposes, so will the importance and widespread use of EchoSign grow. Shaping Forms
FormsCentral is another new addition to Acrobat. Utilizing the power of Cloud and HTML5, its aim is to replace other forms of... Forms and provide a complete solution for form creation, distribution, and feedback handling. What is most interesting about it is that it works beyond PDF, as the target audience can fill out forms not just in PDF but also in web browsers. FormsCentral is able to sort and collect data from both sources indiscriminately. Not surprisingly, the actual form editor of FormsCentral looks, feels, and drags its heels like a web CMS (which it probably is). Even so, it still works great, and form creation and design is easy, intuitive, and the final result is not the aesthetic equivalent of the Titanic.FORMSCENTRAL: It makes it really easy to distribute forms and collect data.FORMSCENTRAL: Lots of templates to choose from, intuitive editing, clean interface.
Ultimately, large organizations and legal entities will determine how effective and popular EchoSign and FormsCentral will be. As for the rest of us, we will have to "make do" with the other awesome features of Acrobat XI.
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