Adobe Systems Incorporated has introduced Acrobat.com, a suite of hosted services available as public beta for free signup, bringing their vision of communication, productivity, and collaboration tools right within a web browser.
Acrobat.com is a set of online services including file sharing and storage, PDF converter, online word processor, and Web conferencing that take advantage of PDF, Adobe Flash and Adobe AIR technologies to deliver those office productivity tools.
The hosted services in Acrobat.com include Adobe Buzzword, a Web-based word processor that can be used to easily co-author and share documents for comment and review, creating high-quality print results and Adobe ConnectNow, a personal Web conferencing service that includes desktop sharing, video and voice conferencing and integrated chat.
A centralized online file sharing with access controls, online PDF conversion for up to five documents, and support for high quality, web-embeddable documents is also available, as well as developer APIs for real-time collaboration, file sharing and conversion.
In addition, Acrobat.com gives Acrobat 9 users access to a "personal workspace in the clouds" that is available from virtually anywhere for working with others online. Acrobat 9 users can work with Acrobat.com as a central location for sharing forms and collecting forms data, conducting shared reviews, and co-navigating a PDF document with colleagues.
Acrobat.com also works with Adobe Reader 9 software, giving Adobe Reader 9 users easy access to Acrobat.com so they can share files, convert up to five documents to PDF online and participate in electronic forms and shared reviews initiated by Acrobat 9 users.
Acrobat 9 provides support for Adobe Flash technology, enabling users to include Adobe Flash Player compatible video and application files in PDF documents. Recipients simply need the free Adobe Reader 9 software to visualise the content.
Acrobat 9 also includes the ability to unify a wide range of content into a single document with the new concept of PDF Portfolios. PDF Portfolios enable business professionals to assemble multiple media types, such as documents, video, audio, and even 3D objects, into one, compressed PDF file.
The Acrobat 9 family consists of Acrobat 9 Standard, Acrobat 9 Pro, and the new Acrobat 9 Pro Extended software. Acrobat 9 Pro Extended, includes Adobe Presenter software for easily turning Microsoft PowerPoint presentations into multimedia experiences that can be published as PDF files.