Price When Reviewed: 395 . 135 . 245 . 79
Pros: Pro version of Adobe’s primary PDF creator can now merge multiple documents into packages, and offers self-correction and better collaboration.
Cons: The upgrade price is expensive. Preflighting and JDF menus are still complex and need careful reading of the help files.
Adobe Acrobat is not the kind of product that sets the designer’s pulse racing. However, an upgrade that promises improved preflighting and automatic fixing of some PDF problems can only enhance your working life.
Admittedly, the Standard version is uninspiring – it’s the Professional edition that offers the meat of the upgrade. The preflighting improvements alone would cost about £100 if you bought the functionality in plug-in form, but at £135 plus VAT, the version 8 upgrade is pricey.
Acrobat 8 is the first Creative Suite application to be run natively on Intel-based Macs. It’s included in Adobe’s Creative Suite 2.3 bundle too.