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Acrobat 5.0 4 out of 5 stars

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software box cover [pc and mac] Adobe Acrobat 5.0 is PDF-creation software, from the people who first established the PDF standard. PDF stands for portable document format and it remains the best way of making documents that can be read by anyone on any platform.

System Requirements


Microsoft Windows 95 OSR 2.0/98/Me/NT 4.0 with
Pentium processor
Service Pack 5 or 6, or 2000
32 MB RAM (64 MB recommended)
115 MB hard disk space; additional 70 MB hard disk space for Asian fonts (optional)
CD-ROM drive
Note: Internet Explorer 4.0.1 required for NT users


Mac OS 8.6 (some features may not be available)/9.0.4 or 9.1
105 MB hard disk space; additional 70 MB of hard disk
space for Asian fonts (optional)
CD-ROM drive

Detailed Description

Adobe Acrobat 5.0 is PDF-creation software, from the people who first established the PDF standard. PDF stands for portable document format and it remains the best way of making documents that can be read by anyone on any platform. Version 5.0 brings significant improvements, particularly with regard to its interaction with other leading software such as the Office suite and programs such as Photoshop and Illustrator.

Installation is easy and features a function button added to Office applications such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint. When you have written a document in these programs, simply click the PDF button on the toolbar and it will guide you through saving it as a PDF. Anyone with Acrobat Reader, which is free and available for download from Adobe's Web site, can view the documents. These documents can also be uploaded to Internet sites, or onto networks. This is a key feature of this version. This Web-savvy function means that documents can be posted on the Intranet or a network and other users can simultaneously view, write on, edit, highlight and stick notes on it, using Acrobat's tools within their browser window. This has obvious merit for anyone who has meetings where not everyone can attend. Graphics from leading software such as Illustrator and Photoshop can be placed into these PDFs and when clicked on later will launch the creation program if editing is needed. Digital signatures can be created and added to the PDF file so that once the key is exchanged with your chosen recipient, security of documents is assured as only they can open it.

All in all, Acrobat 5.0 should be an essential part of the toolbox of anyone who needs to share documents. It is easy to use and creates extremely high-quality items, whether business spreadsheets, brochures for customers (it maintains the integrity of the on-screen version on printers, ensuring that the look you intended is rendered to a high-quality) or Web sites. All this can be achieved within a guaranteed-secure environment.

Alison Jardine, Amazon

Manufacturer's Description

Adobe Acrobat 5.0 lets you easily convert any document to an Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) file. Whether you create business plans, spreadsheets, graphically rich brochures, or Web sites, Acrobat 5 is an essential tool. Anyone with the free Adobe Acrobat Reader can open your Adobe PDF file across a broad range of hardware and software. It will look and print exactly as intended. Save on printing, mailing, and warehousing by easily distributing compact, secure, searchable Adobe PDF files with Adobe Acrobat 5.0.

Teams can work smarter by adding comments to your PDF files right from their Web browsers with electronic highlighting and sticky notes, e-signature approval, and more. Control access to sensitive content by adding password protection to your document. Confidently share business plans, spreadsheets, graphically rich brochures, and even Web sites. Use a variety of security options to control access to sensitive content or prevent others from changing or printing your document.

Adobe PDF files retain the originals' visual integrity--with layout, fonts, formatting, links, and images intact. Get enhanced integration with Adobe Illustrator 9.0 and Photoshop 6.0. Acrobat 5 provides support for transparency and consistent color management. Click an image in your Adobe PDF file to edit natively in Photoshop, or open Adobe PDF pages or graphics in Illustrator for editing. Repurpose information from your Adobe PDF files by saving the files in Rich Text Format (RTF) for editing in Microsoft Word. Automatically crop, rotate, or insert a large number of Adobe PDF pages with new batch-processing capabilities, and use tiling options to easily proof oversize documents.

Accelerate the Web-site review-and-approval process. Capture your graphically rich sites as PDF files so clients and internal teams can approve and comment on your text and layout without having to go online. Attach Adobe PDF files to e-mail or post them to your network server. Adobe products are tightly integrated, so PDF conversion with Acrobat is a natural next step after you've created pages with Adobe GoLive or other graphically rich software..


AbleStable® Review
4 out of 5 stars

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Adobe Acrobat is the big brother of Acrobat Reader, the free utility from Adobe that enables people to view documents irrespective of the platform (PC or Mac), or browser (Netscape or Internet Explorer. Adobe's Acrobat reader comes as standard with all new computers, however the full blown version of Acrobat will cost close to £200 and allows users to create PDF files from Word documents, web pages and more.

There are numerous features that help with the conversion of non-PDF files, and the creation of new PDF files, many of which have been detailed above. There are alternatives to buying the full version of Adobe Acrobat. Many applications like Corel Draw now come with a PDF conversion feature, and there are stand alone cheaper competitors like Jaws PDF creator. Adobe however are the originators of the PDF format and therefore have insider knowledge no other company can acquire that makes their software more feature-laiden than any other.

One tip: ensure you uninstall Adobe Acrobat if you upgrade your browser to a new version (including the auto updates provided over the Internet by Microsoft). That's because Adobe Acrobat integrates with your browser and we've noticed some strange going's on when Adobe's left on the system when the new browser fires up. Reinstall Acrobat after the new browser's on your system, and Acrobat will work faultlessly once more.

Adobe Acrobat creates PDF's with ease although we find the interface cumbersome and, at times, a little confusing to the newcomer. If you're expecting to create PDF's like you do a Word document you're in for a surprise. The Quickest and easiest method of creating PDF's is to use the excellent conversion utility that comes as an integrated part of Adobe Acrobat to convert an existing Word or Web page.

If you require a robust PDF creator that will enable your documents to be shown exactly as you wish them to be, then Adobe Acrobat is the choice.

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