Adobe unveils next-gen Acrobat
By Digital News Asia October 15, 2012
- Info workers spend approximately 15 hours of workweek reviewing and approving documents: IDC
- New PDF solution addresses productivity gap across devices and platforms
DIGITAL media specialist Adobe Systems Incorporated has unveiled Adobe Acrobat XI, which now features complete PDF editing and export to Microsoft PowerPoint; along with new capabilities and functionality designed for tablets and mobile devices.
The functionalities above including allowing users to add comments, fill in, save and sign forms, the comoany said in a statement.
Acrobat XI also supports IT departments with more seamless Microsoft Office and SharePoint integration, easy deployment, applications virtualization and application security to help provide a low cost of ownership and sound return on investment, Adobe claimed.
Products included in this release are: Acrobat XI Pro (pic), Acrobat XI Standard and Adobe Reader XI.
Productivity inefficiencies and the cost of document-based are challenges that organizations are facing, according to a recent global IDC white paper. A typical company with 1,000 employees has a productivity cost of US$15.9 million annually -- addressing these inefficiencies would be tantamount to hiring an additional 213 people.
“The compounding complexity of work has never been more pressing. As the number of mobile devices and the use of cloud services surge, information workers must be empowered to work more effectively with documents anywhere on any device," said Melissa Webster, program vice president at IDC.
"They need a solution that enables them to collaborate with others inside and outside the firewall while at the same time meeting IT and organizational requirements for streamlined management, application security, and secure delivery of information – all with a high ROI (return on investment).”
The importance of working collaboratively with documents is evident in the amount of time workers spend on it. According to the white paper, information workers spend approximately 15 hours of their workweek reviewing and approving documents. In a telephone poll of about 900 information workers in South-East Asia, including Malaysia, conducted by Adobe’s external agency, about 60% of them responded that they work with documents to facilitate reviews by multiple parties.
Vicky Skipp (pic), regional director, Adobe South-East Asia, said “Adobe Acrobat XI is a powerful new solution that rises to meet the demands of a Malaysian market that is challenged by complex documentation and an increasingly integrated environment by offering an easier way to efficiently manage, collaborate, and boost productivity.”
Pricing and availability
Acrobat XI and its associated products are scheduled to ship within 30 days. They will be available through Adobe authorized resellers and the Adobe.com South East Asia store at shop.adobe.com/sea.
The Adobe Store prices are expected to be RM1,022 for Acrobat XI Standard; and RM 1,533 for Acrobat XI Pro. Upgrade pricing and volume licensing are available. A free 30-day trial of Acrobat Pro will be available upon product shipment. The Reader XI free download will be available at get.adobe.com/reader upon product shipment.
For more detailed information about features, OS support, upgrade policies, pricing and international versions visit: www.adobe.com/sea/products/acrobat.html.