We first wrote about the next version of Acrobat three months ago, when the current Acrobat 9 celebrated its second birthday. At the time, we highlighted the window for the likely availability of Acrobat 10. Last week on a financial conference call, Adobe’s CEO confirmed it is on target for that window when he said, “We are on track to deliver a new version of Acrobat late this quarter.” Adobe’s current fiscal quarter ends in late November, so we continue to expect the launch date anywhere from mid-October to the end of November.
The Prerelease Program for Adobe Reader and Acrobat Pro recently opened as well, which is free and open to the public. So one interesting question remaining is, what will the new product be called, and with which configurations and features? We had previously speculated it might be called “Acrobat X” because of the Roman numeral aspect of 10. Now we may have confirmation of that as well…
A new book entitled, “How to Do Everything with Adobe Acrobat X,” was just made available for pre-order at the Amazon websites in the U.K., USA and Canada. This is a continuation of the popular McGraw-Hill series by Doug Sahlin, who has written the same comprehensive book for many earlier versions of Acrobat (9, 8, 7, 6, and 5). So this lends further credence that the “Adobe Acrobat X” name is real.
Below are some of the details on the book, which don’t give too much away but make for intriguing reading:
Unlock the full potential of Adobe Acrobat X!
How to Do Everything: Adobe Acrobat X helps you master all the powerful features available in Adobe Acrobat X Standard, Pro, and Premium. The book explains how to create, secure, and distribute PDF files; build interactive forms, capture and embed Web content, insert Flash video and rich applications into documents, and much more.
This step-by-step guide covers all of the important new features, including Flash/video integration, professional PDF portfolios, improved forms and data collection, and working with Acrobat.com online hosted services. You’ll learn how to create PDF documents that retain the look and feel of the originals; create forms and media-enhanced PDF documents; collaborate with colleagues in workgroups; and optimize PDFs for print or the Web. You’ll also find out how to use Professional Templates to define the order and navigation of documents; create dynamic XML forms and templates; and create on-demand presentations.
How to Do Everything: Adobe Acrobat X
- Provides in-depth guidance on creating forms with Acrobat
- Explains how to create interactive documents, embed audio and video, and capture Web content
- Teaches collaborative workflow procedures for reviewing, editing, and annotating PDFs
- Covers security measures, such as encryption and digital signatures
- Shows how to take advantage of hosted services available through Acrobat.com
- Provides useful tips and time-saving shortcuts
Easy-to-follow, complete coverage:
- Chapter 1: Get to Know Acrobat X
- Chapter 2: Utilize the Acrobat Workspace
- Chapter 3: Read PDF Documents
- Chapter 4: Create PDF Documents
- Chapter 5: Create PDF Documents in Other Applications
- Chapter 6: Capture PDF Documents
- Chapter 7: Create PDF Navigation
- Chapter 8: Create Interactive PDF Navigation
- Chapter 9: Edit Your PDF Documents
- Chapter 10: Review PDF Documents
- Chapter 11: Secure and Sign PDF Documents
- Chapter 12: Optimize PDF Documents
- Chapter 13: PDF Online
- Chapter 14: Create Interactive PDF Forms
- Chapter 15: Create Forms with Adobe LiveCycle Designer
- Chapter 16: Optimize PDF Document for Print
- Chapter 17: Add Multimedia Files to PDF Documents
- Chapter 18: Create a Searchable PDF
About the Author
Doug Sahlin is a bestselling author, photographer, and Acrobat instructor. He teaches businesses, government, and medical organizations how to streamline their workflow and save time and money by converting electronic & paper documents into enhanced, interactive PDFs. Doug’s books include earlier editions of How to Do Everything with Adobe Acrobat (for versions 5.0, 6.0, 7.0, 8.0, and 9.0).
[UPDATE (October 7th) – Win a free upgrade to Adobe Acrobat X Pro!]