Adobe Systems Incorporated has announced the immediate availability of Adobe Acrobat 7.0 software and the LiveCycle Policy Server.
Adobe Acrobat 7.0 software is a family of desktop applications that enables workgroups to manage a range of essential business activities. Acrobat 7.0, the latest update to the Adobe Intelligent Document Platform, is designed to provide users the ability to assemble documents from multiple sources, create intelligent forms, and collaborate on projects inside and outside the firewall, among other capabilities.
The Acrobat 7.0 family offers different functionality to address specific customer workflows. Acrobat 7.0 Professional provides more advanced control over engineering and design documents for technical and creative workgroups that rely on specialized software, including computer-aided design applications and publishing solutions such as Adobe Creative Suite. Acrobat Elements is a license-only product that allows enterprises to put Adobe PDF creation capability on every desktop for more secure document distribution. Adobe also announced the immediate availability of Adobe Reader 7.0, including a public beta version for the Linux operating system. In addition to the ability to view and print Adobe PDF files, Adobe Reader 7.0 now offers other capabilities: Users can participate in document reviews, use Yahoo! Search, and interact with 3D objects placed in PDF.
Acrobat 7.0 Professional and Acrobat 7.0 Standard for Microsoft Windows 2000 (with service pack 2), Windows XP Professional, Home and Tablet PC Editions, and Mac OS X v10.2.8 and v10.3, are immediately available in English. French, German, and Japanese language versions are expected to be available in early 2005. Acrobat 7.0 Professional has an estimated street price of $449. Registered users of Acrobat 4.0, Acrobat 5.0, Acrobat 6.0 Standard, or Acrobat 6.0 Professional can upgrade to Acrobat 7.0 Professional for an estimated street price of $159. Acrobat 7.0 Standard has an estimated street price of $299. Registered users of Acrobat 4.0, Acrobat 5.0 or Acrobat 6.0 Standard can upgrade to Acrobat 7.0 Standard for an estimated $99. The products also are available through Adobe's Open Options licensing programs. Acrobat Elements for Windows 98 Second Edition, Windows NT 4.0 (with service pack 6), Windows 2000, Windows XP, and Windows XP Tablet PC Edition, is immediately available in 15 language versions, including English, French, German, and Japanese. The product, available exclusively through Adobe's Open Options licensing programs, begins at $39 per seat for a 100-seat license.
Adobe has also announced the immediate availability of Adobe LiveCycle Policy Server. Tightly integrated with Adobe Acrobat 7.0 and Adobe Reader 7.0, LiveCycle Policy Server is designed to enable organizations to apply policies to electronic documents for added assurances of persistent confidentiality, privacy, and accountability inside and outside the firewall. Adobe LiveCycle Policy Server enables organizations to manage document policies by determining who can view a PDF document, and whether the recipient can modify, copy, print, or forward the document. The permissions on these documents also can be changed or revoked, regardless of how many copies were distributed or where the documents reside. Adobe LiveCycle Policy Server is a part of Adobe's Intelligent Document Platform for generating, collaborating, processing, and securing intelligent documents in the enterprise. Adobe LiveCycle Policy Server is available immediately starting at $50,000.