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Time to move to Acrobat X? [Adobe]

Client Computing | Posted on November 9, 2011 by Danielle Williams

If you’ve been considering a move to Adobe Acrobat X, now might be a good time to review your options. As of Nov. 3, Adobe Acrobat 8 (which launched back in November 2006) is no longer being supported — not to mention, the latest version has a lot of cool features that can help your users share and collaborate.

No matter what kind of shop you are, Acrobat X allows users to open and view any PDF file regardless of which operating system you’re running, with support for a variety of content including drawings, videos, email messages and spreadsheets. That means your team can still collaborate, even if some are on Macs and others are on Windows-based PCs.

They can also create PDF documents from pretty much any application that prints, and even scan paper documents into PDFs with optical character recognition technology. And, for CAD users, Acrobat X allows them to interact with CAD designs and geospatial maps that have been converted to PDF documents.

The latest version also has a simplified user interface, such as a reading mode that fits more content onto the screen. Not only is it easier to navigate and share content, but Acrobat X also has enhanced search capabilities, so it’s easier to find any PDF document you’re looking for, or even a phrase within a document.

For IT managers, there are more built-in security features — for example, users can view and comment on PDF documents more securely using the new Protected Mode feature. And it’s easier to manage software rollouts and support security standards.

So which version should you consider? The basic version, Adobe Reader X, allows users to read, search and share PDF files. Acrobat X Standard provides more options for converting, exporting and editing PDFs, while Acrobat X Pro allows you to combine files from multiple applications, streamline document reviews and increase process consistency.

If you want it all, Acrobat X Suite offers everything in Pro, with the additional ability to add rich media to PDF files. To find out the best fit for your organization, check out the differences.

Another decision is which licensing vehicle to use. If you’re planning to make an initial purchase of 100 or more new, upgrade or upsell licenses for Acrobat or Creative Suite products (with maintenance and support), you might want to consider an enterprise agreement. Adobe Enterprise Agreement 2 offers the most substantial discounts of any Adobe licensing program, with locked-in pricing for a three-year term — and you can reduce administrative hassles and streamline software management by tracking your licenses online.

Whether or not you’re ready to make the move, it’s a great time to consider your options, review the products and see where they can take you. Call us at 1 800 268 7638 and we can help makes sense of licensing or any other questions you may have.

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