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Adobe Announces Acrobat X

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Yesterday Adobe announced Acrobat X, pronounced “X” but corresponding to version 10 of the flagship produce for PDF creation and handling. I’ve been working with the Acrobat X Pro beta for a couple weeks and my first impressions are mostly positive, but my complete responses will be in my upcoming review for CreativePro.com. In the meantime, Adobe’s press release is below for your review.

Press release

Adobe today announced Adobe® Acrobat® X Pro, the next generation of its tool for creating, reviewing, delivering and protecting documents. With Acrobat X Pro, creative professionals can develop polished communications using PDF Portfolios, work together more effectively with easy-to-manage shared document reviews, simplify workflows with integrated online services for storing and sending documents, and ensure designs will print accurately with advanced print production tools.

“With Acrobat X Pro, creative professionals can rest assured their projects will print as intended, which is critical when working under tight client deadlines and with limited budgets,” said Ali Hanyaloglu, product evangelist for Acrobat Solutions at Adobe. “Acrobat X Pro gives everyone involved in the project the necessary tools to create and collaborate so users can quickly obtain client feedback, streamlining the entire design process from concept to approval through final production.”

Top features and improvements:

  • The Action Wizard helps users automate and standardize multi-step tasks for maximum productivity.
  • New customization options for PDF Portfolios enable designers to create and share custom layouts and themes that enable the development of PDF Portfolios with consistent branding and presentation.
  • Users can speed up everyday work by customizing the Quick Tools area for fast access to the tools they use the most.
  • Tight integration with Acrobat.com allows users to share large files online, streamlining collaboration.
  • Improvements made to the Preflight tool enable creative and print professionals to process jobs quickly and accurately.
  • Acrobat X Pro also supports the latest versions of the PDF/X-4 and X-5 standards, enabling users to stay current with industry standards.

All four Creative Suite® editions that currently include Acrobat 9 Pro – Creative Suite 5 Design Standard, Creative Suite 5 Design Premium, Creative Suite 5 Web Premium and Creative Suite 5 Master Collection – will include Acrobat X Pro in a future release. Creative Suite customers who have purchased the upgrade plan, or have a Gold or Platinum support plan, will be notified automatically when the update is available. Please contact me if you have questions on Acrobat X availability for Creative Suite. Customers who previously purchased Acrobat 9, 8 or 7 (either Standard or Pro) and have a serial number can upgrade to Acrobat X Pro.

Pricing and Availability

Acrobat X and its associated products are scheduled to ship within 30 days, with availability through Adobe Authorized Resellers, the Adobe Store and Adobe Direct Sales. Estimated street price for Acrobat X Pro is expected to be US$449 (US$199 upgrade). Free 30-day trials of Acrobat X Pro will be available when the product ships. For more information, visit http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/.

Serif Releases PagePlus X4

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Serif announced today that PagePlus X4, the newest version of their page layout application, is now available. I have decided not to conduct a full review of PagePlus X4 due to my design and writing workload, but I wanted to spread the announcement:

PRESS RELEASE

NOTTINGHAM, UK & NASHUA, NH – August 3, 2009Serif, a leading independent design, publishing and creative software developer, today released a significant upgrade to its award-winning desktop publishing software PagePlus X4, which offers the perfect blend of powerful creative design, professional results and affordability, making high-end desktop publishing capabilities more attainable for small businesses, professionals and home-users than ever before.

PagePlus X4 continues to offer its hallmark feature-set including thousands of professional templates and the specialized Cutout and Logo studios, which make professional-quality results quick and easy. Advanced features such as the new learning zone, integrated photo editing capabilities, new sophisticated graphics tools, industry standard file compatibility and added easy-to-use tools to enhance productivity; extend PagePlus’ lead over similarly priced rivals.

“PagePlus X4 is a very exciting release for us, as it makes professional desktop publishing software even more accessible for all levels of user,” said Gary Bates, Serif’s Managing Director. “As always we have listened to the requests of our knowledgeable customers and, with advanced productivity, even more industry-standard file compatibility and powerful graphics features, have delivered a significant upgrade that will be appreciated by new and existing users alike.”

Key new features and benefits include:

  • Innovative Learning Zone – Quick and easy access to printable or video tutorials, Serif support and the vibrant user community.
  • Integrated Photo Editing – PhotoLab puts more than 70 professional photo adjustments and artistic effects at the user’s fingertips, along with quick fix options like one-touch red-eye removal, blemish removal or masking capabilities
  • Additional Industry-standard File Compatibility – Import MS Word documents and OpenOffice.org ODF files. Import text and pictures from Microsoft Word 2007 documents
  • Anchored Objects – Maintain a picture or drawing’s position relative to specific text, a column, frame, margin or page whilst remaining fully editable
  • High Impact Graphics Tools – Joining and cutting shapes to create eye catching illustrations such as logos can now be achieved directly within PagePlus
  • Photo-quality Frames and Borders – Drag ‘n’ drop photo realistic frames and borders into documents and resize without losing quality

Additional productivity enhancements include improvements to PDF® import enabling even more advanced PDF editing, an enhanced resource manager which makes it easier than ever to stay in control of long documents, dynamic guides for quick-snap alignment of objects on a page, tabbed workspace for quickly switching between publications and a redesigned Startup Wizard which makes viewing templates and selecting design themes simple.

About Serif

Serif is the publisher of the award-winning software range that includes PagePlus™, PhotoPlus™, DrawPlus™, WebPlus™, AlbumPlus™, MoviePlus™, PanoramaPlus™ and Digital Scrapbook Artist™ and more. Founded in 1987 with the aim to develop low-cost alternatives to high-end publishing and graphics packages, Serif has been repeatedly praised for its powerful yet easy-to-use software which has put professional effects and demanding publishing tasks within the reach of ordinary PC users around the world. Now with over 6 million customers worldwide, Serif has over 200 employees at its head office, development and European sales centre in Nottingham, UK and its North American sales operation in New Hampshire, US.