Adobe Systems Monday released Acrobat 8, a new version of its popular document authoring and reading software, and integrated it with its upgraded Creative Suite 2.3 Premium.
Acrobat 8 now offers Acrobat Connect, which allows online users to discuss and edit documents or other material in a real-time conference. The service is available for a monthly fee. Also available is Acrobat Connect Professional, for larger meetings and with more features, including ability to chat using voice over IP. Acrobat Connect will be available early next year in English for US$39 per month, or $395 per year, per user. Connect Professional will be available this December in English, German, French, Japanese and Korean. Adobe did not announce pricing for the professional version.
The company said Acrobat 8 Professional will be available for Windows and Macintosh, with Acrobat 8 Standard for Windows, in November, in English, French, German and Japanese. Suggested retail price for Acrobat 8 Professional is $449, with upgrades for $159. Suggested retail for Acrobat 8 Standard is $299, with upgrades for US$99.
Bundled into the latest Creative Suite release is the Dreamweaver 8 Web development software. It also includes Acrobat 8 Professional, which supports the PDF/X-1a, PDF/X-3 files, PDF/X-4 and PDF/A formats.
Creative Suite will be available during the fourth quarter of this year for Windows and Macintosh, in English, French, German and Japanese. Suggested retail prices are US$1199 for the full version of Adobe Creative Suite 2.3 Premium, US$159 for an upgrade from Adobe Creative Suite 2 Premium, and US$549 for an upgrade from Creative Suite 1.x Premium and Standard.
-Steven Schwankert, IDG News Service (Beijing Bureau)
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