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Adobe unveiled a new beta version of its PDF software, Acrobat X, with the final version scheduled for November. In her preview, ZDNet UK's Mary Branscombe says the new software will contain some "significant improvements" such as a streamlined interface, guided Actions, and enhanced Portfolios. Here is Christoper Dawson's take on Acrobat X.
Two toolbars and the new taskpane interface provide a logical arrangement of the tools you need, without filling up too much of the Acrobat window. But as with the Microsoft Office ribbon, you're going to have to learn the tools' new locations.
Screenshots and captions: Mary Branscombe, ZDNet UK. You can click on any image to enlarge.
Instead of opening ever more toolbars, which was clumsy but quick, you can now customise what goes on the toolbars. You do this either from the menu or from a friendly dialogue box containing the most common tools (that sends you back to the menus for the full set of tools).
Tools have moved in Acrobat X Pro, but that's a good thing: everything you can use to protect a document with important information — from encryption to redaction — in is now in the same place and easier to find.