New Adobe Acrobat XI (Acrobat 11) is Here! Standard, Pro, & Reader
Yes – Adobe Acrobat XI has just been announced with all the details… A bit ahead of the timeframe we forecast, you can learn more about and order the new product line, as well as download the free trials. For this 11th generation of the industry standard for PDF creation tools, Adobe returns to offering two versions – Standard and Pro – plus two services that now tightly integrate with the new release: EchoSign for easily enabling legally-binding electronic signatures in your documents and FormsCentral for complete end-to-end management of online forms and surveys.
The very first version of Acrobat came out in 1993 and there have been 41 million total Acrobat units sold since then, Adobe’s biggest product ever… Acrobat and PDF continue to grow, and the statistics are impressive. Today there are more than 733 million PDF files on the public Internet and this is just a small slice of PDF usage overall, since there are many more PDF files that exist inside of companies. Over 1 billion copies of the free Adobe Reader have been distributed worldwide, and over 80 million copies of Reader for Mobile devices have been downloaded, remaining the top Business App in the Apple and Android Stores.
The total number of PDF files on the web has grown an amazing +358% around the world over the last two years. It has become the currency of business. With more and more PDFs across the globe, there is a growing need to be able to work with PDFs more efficiently. There is a growing need for Acrobat.
So What’s New in Acrobat Version 11?
Adobe’s tagline is, “Introducing the all-new Acrobat XI Family: New solutions to conquer document exchange in a multi-device world.” And in fact, Acrobat XI is actually packed with new and improved features to help give customers a simpler way to do more with PDF documents, and get unsurpassed security while simplifying software management. For a detailed review see the Acrobat version comparison page, but here are some of highlights:
- New intuitive, “real” PDF editing tools – Edit Text & Images
- New Convert to Microsoft PowerPoint capability
- Improved Export to Word and Excel, including OCR
- New Find and Replace functionality
- Full support for Windows 8 including Touch Capability and gestures
- Optimized PDF creation for mobile recipients
- Rich media Portfolios with improved organization into one PDF
- Improved simple Actions for easing multi-step document preparation
- Better Standards panel, compliance, and support
- Mac parity: Ability to open Office files on both Mac OS and Windows
- Integration with online webmail accounts (e.g., Gmail, Yahoo!)
- Commenting enhancements including a new Text Correction Markup Tool
- Advanced security with unmatched protection and fewer out-of-cycle patches
- Open & save documents directly to SharePoint, Office 365, Acrobat.com, and Dropbox
- New FormsCentral desktop app in Acrobat Pro for creating electronic forms
- Improved digital signatures – new integration with EchoSign
- New Multilingual User Interface (MUI) installer for ease of deployment
- New COS Editor for advanced users to directly change the structure of documents
- Convert 2D AutoCAD files (DWG, DWT, DXF, DWF, DST) without needing AutoCAD
- Enhanced support for Microsoft SCCM/SCUP and Apple Remote Desktop
- Improved accessibility tools and processes
The goal is to make it easier and faster to get your work done, saving you time and money. Which version is right for you? Compare the differences between editions: Acrobat XI Pro vs. Standard vs. Reader.
Pricing, Upgrades, Availability, and Requirements
The prices remain US$299 for the full version of Acrobat Standard, and $449 for Acrobat Pro. Upgrade prices remain the same as well – $139 for a Standard upgrade and $199 for Acrobat XI Pro. Adobe is not offering an Acrobat XI Suite bundle as they did with Acrobat X.
Discounted upgrade pricing to Acrobat XI is available from up to three versions back, meaning Acrobat 8, 9, and X – however Adobe is offering a grace period for all purchases made after the announcement date, so if you purchase Acrobat X now (full or upgrade, including from Acrobat 7), you may be eligible for a free upgrade to Acrobat XI when it ships. Note that Acrobat 8 will only retain upgrade eligibility until May 31st, 2013.
Students and teachers can order the full education version of Acrobat XI Pro for US$119 (74% off), which is less than any upgrade price.
All Acrobat XI purchases made by November 20th will receive free Fedex shipping direct from Adobe. Acrobat XI is currently available in 24 different languages.
Adobe Acrobat XI will run well on 32-bit or 64-bit systems, and is designed for Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8, or Mac OS (see the full system requirements). Windows Vista is no longer officially supported, but Adobe does not restrict users from installing and running it on Vista. And similar to other Adobe applications, you may be able to install Acrobat XI on up to two of your computers, subject to the terms of the software’s license agreement.
So when will Acrobat XI be released? Adobe says: “Preorder Estimated Availability Date is October 15, 2012”, but naturally the shipping date is always subject to change. Whenever it happens, this new version of Acrobat will also be added and included in the Creative Cloud for all paid members.
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