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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 sharing.

Here are some highlights.

Enhanced support for conversion to and from various file formats
  • 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 as well.)
  • 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.
New security features
  • 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 the document.
Works within your Web browser

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 browsers.

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) format.
  • 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.
Automation/batch processing

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 predefined actions and to write your own actions using JavaScript.

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 own PDF Consultant operations using JavaScript, as well.


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 888-260-7316.


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