Nov 2 2006
Adobe today announced the immediate availability of Adobe Acrobat 8 software. The new Acrobat 8 provides business professionals with innovative tools for communicating and collaborating with confidence across the boundaries of operating systems, applications and firewalls. With Acrobat 8, users can now more effectively engage with the rich, high-value information in PDF documents and forms, and more reliably and securely drive their work to completion leveraging the ubiquitous, free Adobe Reader software.
Adobe today also announced the immediate availability of a free trial of the Adobe Acrobat Connect hosted service, the first web conferencing and collaboration solution to offer “always-on” personal meeting rooms. Acrobat Connect enables knowledge workers to instantly connect online with nothing more than a web browser and the ubiquitous Adobe Flash Player software. Together with Acrobat 8, the newly expanded Acrobat family accelerates the flow of business by allowing people to easily work together in real-time.
Acrobat 8 Professional and Acrobat 8 Standard are immediately available in English, French, German, and Japanese language versions. Acrobat 8 Professional is also a Universal Binary that will install on Intel and PowerPC based Macs. Acrobat 8 Professional is available for USD$449, and registered users of qualifying earlier versions of Acrobat can upgrade to Acrobat 8 Professional for USD$159. Acrobat 8 Standard is available for USD$299, and registered users of qualifying earlier versions of Acrobat can upgrade to Acrobat 8 Standard for USD$99. Additionally, Adobe Reader 8 (FREE!!) is expected to be available in early December 2006.
The Acrobat Connect hosted service is immediately available as a free trial through the end of the current calendar year. The trial can be accessed via the “Start Meeting” button in Acrobat 8 and Adobe Reader 8, and directly online. The commercial release of Acrobat Connect, initially in English, is expected to be available in January 2007 for a subscription price of USD$39 per month, or USD$395 per year per personal meeting room.
Adobe Creative Suite 2.3 Premium software, which includes Acrobat 8 Professional and also bundles Dreamweaver 8 software, is expected to be available on Nov. 8, 2006.