Adobe Systems Incorporated is shipping Adobe Acrobat 5.0
APRIL 5, 2001 —
Adobe Systems Incorporated is now shipping USA Version 5.0 of its
Adobe Acrobat software.
New features and enhancements
in Acrobat 5.0 significantly extend productivity and electronic-document
Here are some highlights.
Enhanced support for conversion to and from various file formats
New security features
- RTF — Acrobat 5.0 allows you to save a PDF file as a Rich
Text Format (RTF) file; then incorporate text from the RTF file
into reports and presentations. (The RTF format is supported
by Microsoft Office applications and by many other applications
- Extract images — Acrobat 5.0 lets you
extract images from PDF files and save them as
TIFF, JPEG, or PNG files. You can then incorporate the
images into word-processing documents, presentation documents,
page-layout documents, and HTML documents. You can
"fine-tune" your exported image files while you
are performing the export operation. For example, you can
specify compression settings.
- Save as images — With Acrobat 5.0, you can quickly
convert a PDF file into TIFF, JPEG, or PNG images.
Acrobat 5.0 converts each page of the PDF file into a
separate image file.
- Open as Adobe PDF — You can use Acrobat 5.0's
"Open as Adobe PDF" command to convert BMP,
Compuserve GIF, HTML, JPEG, PCX, PNG, TIFF, and text files
into new PDF files or add them to existing PDF files.
You can specify the color and grayscale JPEG compression settings
as part of this process.
Works within your Web browser
- 128-bit encryption — Acrobat 5.0 supports 128-bit encryption,
allowing you to control access to documents
by assigning passwords using the highest level of protection
possible. You can also set encryption to the
40-bit level, which allows a secure PDF file to be opened with
earlier versions of Acrobat.
- Flexible digital-signature architecture — The design of
Acrobat 5.0 allows third-party
digital signature and PKI vendors such as Entrust?, VeriSign? and
CIC? to "plug into" Acrobat and enable eSignatures on
a PDF file. In addition, Acrobat provides an out-of-the box
Public-Private Key solution for workgroups in which a third-party
Certificate Authority is not required.
- Support for public-key exchange — Unlike
earlier versions of Acrobat, Acrobat 5.0 gives you the ability
to request and exchange your certificates easily with colleagues
from within Acrobat via email. You can use
your colleagues' public keys (certificates) as encryption keys.
This scheme ensures that you can secure a PDF file so
that only certain people can open it.
- Extensive control over security settings — The
enhanced Acrobat 5.0 security settings let you determine exactly
which actions viewers of a PDF file can take. For example,
you could use these security settings to allow others to
add comments to a document but prevent them from changing
Most Acrobat 5.0 features and tools
can be used within Internet Explorer. You'll be able to move to a
Web-based review cycle. For
example, multiple users
can view and add comments
to the same PDF file from within their Web
Enhancements to forms-related features
- Publish dynamic forms on line — Acrobat 5.0
lets you create PDF forms on the
Web or on a server with fields that can change
depending upon the data
that is entered. For example, if a person filling out a
health-insurance form indicates he has
children, the form could
generate "on-the-fly" fields for collecting
information about his dependents.
- Support for XML — Data from
PDF forms can be submitted in Extensible Markup Language (XML)
- Spell-checker — Acrobat 5.0 can spell-check individual
form fields and comments.
- High contrast — Acrobat 5.0 fully supports high-contrast settings.
- Screen readers — Acrobat 5.0 lets you create documents that
are compatible with third-party,
Windows-based screen readers, such as Henter-Joyce?s JAWS and
Window-Eyes from GW Micro, Inc. (Screen readers synthesize
text into speech.)
- Tight integration with other Adobe programs — Acrobat 5.0
helps graphics professionals build consistent, reliable document
workflows. For example, Acrobat 5.0, Adobe Photoshop? 6.0,
and Adobe Illustrator? 9.0 support the Adobe Color Engine,
Adobe?s core color-management technology.
Sharing the same color-management system provides a consistent
user experience and reliable color when
converting files between programs.
- Transparency — Acrobat 5.0 and the updated PDF
version 1.4 support transparent objects, enabling you to
view and print PDF files with transparencies created in Illustrator
9.0 or Photoshop 6.0.
Acrobat 5.0 lets you apply
virtually any Acrobat function to a large collection of
PDF files. It give you the ability to easily create sequences of
When running a batch operation, you can specify how the
resulting files should be named; choose to overwrite the
existing files that are being altered in the batch operation;
and save the processed files in PDF, PostScript, EPS,
TIFF, JPEG, PNG, or RTF formats.
Analyze and repair documents
Acrobat 5.0's new "PDF Consultant" tool
provides easy access to Adobe and third-party plug-ins designed to
inspect, analyze, and repair PDF documents. PDF Consultant
operations can be used with the Batch Processing command
and automatically applied to PDF files. You can write your
The estimated street price is $249.00 US for all platforms.
Registered users of previous Acrobat versions can
upgrade to Acrobat 5.0 for $99.00 US.
How to Get Adobe Acrobat 5.0
Citation Software is an Authorized Adobe Reseller.
You can purchase Adobe Acrobat 5.0 or an
upgrade to Adobe Acrobat 5.0 from
Citation. To get a price
quote, contact Citation Software at