Adobe has announced version 5.0 of its Acrobat PDF creation tool. New features in Acrobat 5.0 are largely aimed at enterprise, workgroup and other higher-level users.
Much of the new version focusing allowing (and disallowing) users to do more with their content – making information stored in Acrobat files more open to other applications. PDFs can now have their text exported as RTF (rich text format) and images exported as TIFF, JPEG or PNG files.
Users can also add comments to PDFs over a network using a Web browser. This uses common standards such as WebDAV, ODBC and Microsoft Office Server Extensions to tie in with current workgroup systems. Users can highlight, strikethrough and underline text as well as adding stamps, comments and digital signatures.
Following the trend for Web-based document management, Acrobat 5.0 can migrate forms to the Web. User can create interactive forms, which can be linked to a database or Web server and digital signed by users. The forms can also perform automatic calculations and be validated to set criteria. Users can also use the Web Capture command to convert single pages or entire sites into PDF files.
Set against this openness is a security system for protecting shared documents. Document creators can restrict others’ ability to print, repurpose or change the document – including comments. Support for 128-bit encrypted password protection is included – as are highly-flexible security settings.
Other new features include the tiled printing of oversized documents, installation of a Create Adobe PDF icon within Windows Microsoft Office applications for automatic distillation, the addition of multiple Office-style toolbars that can be hidden or turned in palettes and powerful batch processing. Automatic spell-checking is included, as are enhancements to the bookmarks and thumbnails panels. Network installation has also been made easier and integrated with enterprise-level network deployment tools.