A first look at Adobe Acrobat X (screenshots)

A first look at Adobe Acrobat X (screenshots)

Summary: ZDNet UK's Mary Branscombe says the new software will contain some "significant improvements" such as a streamlined interface, guided Actions, and enhanced Portfolios.


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  • Acrobat X Pro includes some common guided Actions, but you can make your own by choosing tools and actions from this dialogue. You can't record what you do in a document to make an action, but it's very visual. For example, you can choose dialogue options (click the Options button for a step to open the relevant dialogue) and whether to apply the step automatically or wait for confirmation.

  • The options for creating Portfolios of multiple files are much less confusing. There are fewer layouts than before, with one grid you can edit rather than umpteen different grid layouts; the new layout styles, such as Wave, are stylish. 

  • You no longer need separate development tools just to create a new Portfolio style: you can now customise the standard styles, or just pick the background image and colours you want to use. And instead of the Acrobat 9 Professional colour picker, which looked like something a designer would use in Photoshop, you get the choice of preset colour palettes or picking standard web colours.

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  • I don't think I need it

    I'm currently running Acrobat Pro 8.0. Unless there's more that meets the eye in the screenshots, this update doesn't seem to offer anything that motivates me to upgrade.
    • RE: A first look at Adobe Acrobat X (screenshots)

      @tw_mama@... it has sandybox built in... Means more protection and security compared to their other reader product
  • But the real question

    have they trimmed the actual bloat at all, or is this thing still over a gig of space and a DVD-R's worth of CAB files?