Breaking News: Adobe announces Acrobat 8 (exclusive videos)

Adobe just released Acrobat 8 and last week I got an exclusive look at it through my camera lens when Rick Brown, Director of Product Management of the Knowledge Worker business unit gave me a demo. I really liked the forms handling and collaboration features. It’s best to download the video and watch it off of your hard drive. I did two videos for PodTech News. One, the above demo, and two, an interview with Rick where we talk about the state of Acrobat.

The official press release is here.
Another press release is here on the Adobe Connect collaboration family of products.

The official Acrobat 8 site is here. The player isn’t updated yet (coming in November), I’ll watch for when that comes online, should be linked off of this site when it’s ready.

I originally planned these videos to be part of my new show, but my site isn’t quite ready yet, so we’re running these on PodTech’s news channel.

Things that caught my eye about the new Acrobat? The new forms engine. It kicks ass. You put in a document with a form layout on it (like what we used to do in Pagemaker for Thunder Lizard — a brochure with a form on it). It looks like something that you’d get in the mail. But then you stick it through Acrobat and it puts a form on it that you can fill out from your computer.

Also, this is where we see a good integration of the stuff Macromedia was working on (the collaboration pieces) with something Adobe was working on (Acrobat).

Is this important? Well, Adobe makes quite a bit of profit off of the Acrobat line and Microsoft is gunning for that profit big time.

This might not get on TechMeme but Acrobat/PDF technology is used all over the Web, so this is important news for all of us to pay attention to.

Update: actually it is on TechMeme and there are a few news articles over on Google News about Acrobat 8 too.

79 thoughts on “Breaking News: Adobe announces Acrobat 8 (exclusive videos)

  1. hum, in recent years I’ve taken to replacing all the readers with foxit and all the writers with PDFcreator. (google for 2 seconds and find two great free applications)

    Seems to satisfy 99.9% of all the people I’ve installed it for (and that amounts to quite a lot). It’s usually just the marketers for whom we shell out the rather high acrobat pro license price since they want to edit/merge/insert and do the form stuff.

  2. hum, in recent years I’ve taken to replacing all the readers with foxit and all the writers with PDFcreator. (google for 2 seconds and find two great free applications)

    Seems to satisfy 99.9% of all the people I’ve installed it for (and that amounts to quite a lot). It’s usually just the marketers for whom we shell out the rather high acrobat pro license price since they want to edit/merge/insert and do the form stuff.

  3. Concept: Kids have balloons with washers to keep them from flying away.
    Robert’s washer, Amanda’s washer, Bill’s washer, Steve’s washer, Russ’s washer. All washers are transparent and layered over the top of the acro-”bat” document (no commercials here).
    “Washers” are comments on text, which in the authors view needs to be “cleaned” up. Meta data comments on the viewable/ document. Click a washer and the 3-D balloon tethered off page with a leader can then be displayed with user-defined check box in the balloon. Bill, do you concur (check y/n)? Team reads once, checks once. Time critical documents (oh no another automatic action alert email)can force action or inaction. No excuses TOOL addition.
    Just a thought! Chew on it awhile. It is nice to talk to the elves before Christmas LOL.

    Programmers hate application folks until they are challenged by the concept. You can’t do that …think,think,think… you can’t do that, can you???..think, think think. Flex the teams muscle. Beta2? Look, listen, learn works great for adding functionality to software. The designers will kill you though unless you improve the zones they work in also.

    “KISS” principle with the dev group and watch the speed of implementation and innovation (TOOLS).

    I vote for the functional video. I can get pepsi/coke-d to death at the superbowl. Besides don’t we go to trade shows for the free drinks and free demo’s? Sales pitch=click close. Advertising is only to expose a great product to those who are not in the Know. Slick sales sell products in the short run only.

  4. Concept: Kids have balloons with washers to keep them from flying away.
    Robert’s washer, Amanda’s washer, Bill’s washer, Steve’s washer, Russ’s washer. All washers are transparent and layered over the top of the acro-”bat” document (no commercials here).
    “Washers” are comments on text, which in the authors view needs to be “cleaned” up. Meta data comments on the viewable/ document. Click a washer and the 3-D balloon tethered off page with a leader can then be displayed with user-defined check box in the balloon. Bill, do you concur (check y/n)? Team reads once, checks once. Time critical documents (oh no another automatic action alert email)can force action or inaction. No excuses TOOL addition.
    Just a thought! Chew on it awhile. It is nice to talk to the elves before Christmas LOL.

    Programmers hate application folks until they are challenged by the concept. You can’t do that …think,think,think… you can’t do that, can you???..think, think think. Flex the teams muscle. Beta2? Look, listen, learn works great for adding functionality to software. The designers will kill you though unless you improve the zones they work in also.

    “KISS” principle with the dev group and watch the speed of implementation and innovation (TOOLS).

    I vote for the functional video. I can get pepsi/coke-d to death at the superbowl. Besides don’t we go to trade shows for the free drinks and free demo’s? Sales pitch=click close. Advertising is only to expose a great product to those who are not in the Know. Slick sales sell products in the short run only.

  5. Like others mentioned above, I haven’t used Adobe much in the last 2 years since I first discovered Foxit. I discovered the free PrimoPDF and I don’t use Adobe Acrobat Pro anymore either.

    Some of the DRM plugins don’t work in FoxIt though…

  6. Like others mentioned above, I haven’t used Adobe much in the last 2 years since I first discovered Foxit. I discovered the free PrimoPDF and I don’t use Adobe Acrobat Pro anymore either.

    Some of the DRM plugins don’t work in FoxIt though…

  7. Heh but if they made it lighter where would they put all the endless DRM that requires your computer to reboot every time acrobat updates? Basically they have another product that everyone has come to hate for it’s bloat, lack of features for the bloat and generally bad behavior around upgrades and other side functions.

  8. Heh but if they made it lighter where would they put all the endless DRM that requires your computer to reboot every time acrobat updates? Basically they have another product that everyone has come to hate for it’s bloat, lack of features for the bloat and generally bad behavior around upgrades and other side functions.

  9. Also, did you ask about the rumours that the Reader has already been released but hasn’t finished loading on any of the reviewers’ computers yet?

  10. Also, did you ask about the rumours that the Reader has already been released but hasn’t finished loading on any of the reviewers’ computers yet?

  11. Acrobat Reader, like ICQ, seems to be one of those applications that gets worse with every new release. Here are the only two features that 99 percent of its users care about:

    * Ability to display PDF files
    * Speed

    Unfortunately, Adobe seems to focus on other aspects. Like secretly loading a big wopping memory footprint when you start your computer to make it seem like its Windows and not Acrobat Reader that takes forever to load.

    Oh, yeah, almost forgot about the feature they seem to be most focused on: Adding modal dialogs that display behind the main application window and hinder me from viewing my document until I answer whether I would like to download some sort of download manager that will allow me install a component that lets me organise pictures (since apparently I have never heard of flickr, or even the darn Windows XP file manager which has the exact same functionality).

  12. Acrobat Reader, like ICQ, seems to be one of those applications that gets worse with every new release. Here are the only two features that 99 percent of its users care about:

    * Ability to display PDF files
    * Speed

    Unfortunately, Adobe seems to focus on other aspects. Like secretly loading a big wopping memory footprint when you start your computer to make it seem like its Windows and not Acrobat Reader that takes forever to load.

    Oh, yeah, almost forgot about the feature they seem to be most focused on: Adding modal dialogs that display behind the main application window and hinder me from viewing my document until I answer whether I would like to download some sort of download manager that will allow me install a component that lets me organise pictures (since apparently I have never heard of flickr, or even the darn Windows XP file manager which has the exact same functionality).

  13. ralphg: did anyone else put those previews up in video format for the rest of us to see? So far I only see one video and it’s mine. That’s the definition of exclusive.

  14. ralphg: did anyone else put those previews up in video format for the rest of us to see? So far I only see one video and it’s mine. That’s the definition of exclusive.

  15. Thanks for putting it up in a format that I could easily watch in Safari. Video quality was really good — probably too good for a simple interview. Not that it matters for me with a fast connection.

    One thing that TheServerSide.com does that adds a lot of value is to put bookmarks on their videos so you can see an agenda and easily skip back and forth.

  16. Thanks for putting it up in a format that I could easily watch in Safari. Video quality was really good — probably too good for a simple interview. Not that it matters for me with a fast connection.

    One thing that TheServerSide.com does that adds a lot of value is to put bookmarks on their videos so you can see an agenda and easily skip back and forth.

  17. > last week I got an exclusive look at it

    I am wondering why you say that your look was “exclusive”? All us editors got one-on-one previews from the Adobe marketing people of Acrobat Pro 8, Connect, and Acrobat 3D.

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