Price When Reviewed: 245 . 395 . 79
Pros: Boasts extended print tools, improved preflighter, new Windows-only forms designer and direct output from Internet Explorer. Plus you can annotate in the free Adobe Reader.
Cons: Only the more expensive Professional version supplies the really useful print and design tools. Distiller’s user interface is still pretty basic.
Despite a low-key launch, the latest version of Adobe Acrobat has some solidly useful new features for creating and editing PDF exchangeable documents for use in professional Web, printing, and publishing cycles. As always it is split into two separate applications that run independently – the main Acrobat, and Distiller.
Distiller 7 is largely unchanged apart from a new ability to handle batches of files in its standalone operations. It can create the new PDF 1.6 format as well as all earlier formats back to PDF 1.2. PDF 1.6 can embed 3D files from Adobe’s Windows-only Atmosphere 3D environment creator, which it dropped at the end of last year. Mac and Windows PDF 1.6 readers can display the 3D files.
As with Acrobat 6, the new version is available in two levels. Acrobat 7 Standard is the general-purpose application. Acrobat 7 Professional costs £150 more, and adds a bunch of useful features for professional printing, publishing, and forms-creation.