One of my many ‘things that I do’ is to consult, create and teach people how to use Adobe Acrobat. This unbelievably flexible and dynamic technology has entered into yet another phase of its life recently. Acrobat Professional 8 is widely available now, and many of my clients are gearing up for their classes to be run on version 8. Before this happens, however, I need to learn the courseware backwards & forwards. That’s the task at hand this week. Software is loaded. Lesson files are copied. Highlighters are putting in for overtime. The new features are really cool, and I’m looking forward to sharing this with others!
New features in Acrobat 8 Professional:
Combine multiple files into a searchable, sortable PDF package that maintains the individual security settings and digital signatures of each included PDF document.
Auto-recognize form fields
Automatically locate form fields in static PDF documents and convert them to interactive fields that can be filled electronically by anyone using Adobe Reader software*. (Windows® only)
Manage shared reviews
Enable advanced features in Adobe Reader
Enable anyone using free Adobe Reader software* to participate in document reviews, fill and save electronic forms offline†, and digitally sign documents.
Permanently remove sensitive information
Permanently remove metadata, hidden layers, and other concealed information, and use redaction tools to permanently delete sensitive text, illustrations, or other content.
Archive Microsoft Outlook e-mail in PDF
Configure Acrobat 8 Professional to automatically archive e-mail in Microsoft Outlook for easy search and retrieval. (Windows only)
Archive Lotus Notes e-mail
Convert e-mail in Lotus Notes to Adobe PDF to facilitate searching, archiving, and retrieval. (Windows only)
Save in Microsoft Word
Take advantage of improved functionality for saving Adobe PDF files as Microsoft Word documents, retaining the layout, fonts, formatting, and tables.
Enjoy improved performance and support for AutoCAD
More rapidly convert AutoCAD® drawing files into compact, accurate PDF documents, without the need for the native desktop application.
Take advantage of a new, intuitive user interface
Complete tasks more quickly with a streamlined user interface, new customizable toolbars, and a “Getting Started” page to visually direct you to commonly used features.