Adobe has announced Acrobat 9 Pro, an updated version of its PDF-creation software. The software is also available as part of the new Creative Suite 3.3, which adds the software to the previously-available Design Premium, Design Standard, Web Premium and Master Collection bundles.

The Design Premium suite gains the Fireworks CS3 Web graphics and site prototyping tool, and all versions ship with a bonus seven-hour Total Training DVD (Adobe CS3 Design Workflow).

Acrobat 9 Pro costs £425, or £145 as an upgrade. The software is also available as Acrobat 9 Extended for £619 (or £245 as an upgrade) -- which includes support for 3D CAD formats -- or Acrobat 9 Standard for £245 (£99 as an upgrade), which is aimed at large companies using corporate communications.

The suites cost £1,409 for Adobe Creative Suite 3.3 Design Premium, £895 for Adobe Creative Suite 3.3 Design Standard, £1,195 for Adobe Creative Suite 3.3 Web Premium, £1,969 for Adobe Creative Suite 3.3 Master Collection.

All prices exclude VAT.

With Acrobat 9 Pro, designers can combine PDF files, video, audio, and other documents into easy-to-distribute PDF Portfolios, which can be browsed using customizable interactive navigation designed in Adobe Flash. Designers also can include Flash Player compatible video and application files in their PDF files and then play back this content in Acrobat 9 Pro and Adobe Reader 9 software.

Acrobat 9 Pro enables designers to collaborate on documents more effectively and efficiently, according to Adobe. Now, users can create and manage forms and collect forms data more easily using Acrobat 9 Pro and Acrobat.com. Available as public beta for free signup, Acrobat.com is a new suite of hosted services Adobe also introduced today. Designers using Acrobat 9 also have the flexibility to access Acrobat.com to co-navigate PDF documents in real-time. Clients require Adobe Reader to participate.

With the intelligent Overprint Preview feature, print professionals now can accurately view interactions between overlapping objects because Overprint Preview automatically toggles on and off in Acrobat 9 Pro and Adobe Reader 9. Print professionals also can reliably convert colours from one colour space to another, switch RGB and CMYK blacks to solid black, and map one colour to another colour, including mapping colours to Pantone spot colours using built-in, industry-standard Pantone libraries.

The Compare Documents feature identifies differences including changes to text, text formatting, images, line weights and backgrounds between versions of documents.

Adobe Fireworks CS3, now bundled with Creative Suite 3.3 Design Premium edition, provides designers with a flexible tool to prototype Web pages for interactive design projects. Fireworks CS3 includes a common library of pre-built assets, provides the ability to quickly edit vector artwork and bitmap images, and allows seamless integration with Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Dreamweaver and Adobe Flash.

Adobe Creative Suite 3.3 will begin shipping worldwide by July 2008. All editions will run on Mac OS X 10.4.11 or 10.5 on Intel-based systems and Microsoft Windows XP Vista platforms.