[ad] Adobe Acrobat XI: The next generation is here


sponsored post There’s no doubt that dealing with document-related challenges is costing companies millions of dollars each year in lost productivity. As the number of mobile devices and the use of cloud computing services surges worldwide, organisations are seeking solutions that allow them to work more effectively with documents anywhere, and on any device.

Organisations need solutions that enable them to collaborate with others inside and outside the firewall while at the same time meeting IT and organisational requirements for streamlined management, application security and secure delivery of information — all with a high return on investment.

Into this dynamic environment comes Adobe’s Acrobat XI software, a powerful new solution that rises to today’s complex document challenges. The industry standard for PDF software will now feature complete PDF editing and export to Microsoft PowerPoint; touch-friendly capabilities on tablets; and newly integrated cloud services, including sophisticated Web contracting with Adobe EchoSign and forms creation, data collection and analysis with Adobe FormsCentral. Acrobat XI also supports IT departments with more seamless Microsoft Office and SharePoint integration, easy deployment, applications virtualisation and robust application security to help provide a low cost of ownership and sound return on investment.

Products included in this release are: Acrobat XI Pro, Acrobat XI Standard, Adobe Reader XI and newly integrated document services Adobe FormsCentral and Adobe Echosign.

The mounting productivity inefficiencies and cost of document-based challenges are highlighted in a recent global IDC white paper. A typical company with 1,000 employees has a productivity cost of US$15.9 million annually, according to the white paper, and information workers spend nearly half their work week dealing with challenges and frustrations related to working with documents. Addressing these inefficiencies would be tantamount to hiring an additional 213 people.

“More and more information is being generated, shared and consumed in documents than ever before,” says Paul Robson, Adobe Managing Director for Australia and New Zealand. “Working with online forms, collaborative PDF reviews and signatures are the everyday norm for business professionals who were once simply content creators. IT departments need to support these changes while maintaining and maximising the use of existing infrastructures and systems, as well as provide support and services that enable their organisations to take advantage of new business opportunities, improve results, justify return on investment, and lower the total cost of ownership.”

Mr Robson says the launch of Acrobat XI is significant for Australian businesses. “To help keep Australian businesses globally competitive, we see our customers focusing on boosting collaboration, extending infrastructure so employees can be just as productive on tablets and smartphones as they are on laptops,” he says. “They are investing to make their business secure in an increasingly digital and complex environment. Acrobat has been a trusted desktop solution for leading organisations across Australia for many years, and the release of Acrobat XI will continue to help address productivity challenges and boost organisational efficiency.”

With Adobe Acrobat XI, new and improved features and functionality for business professionals now include:

  • Edit PDF files, modify paragraphs, images, and objects by simply clicking and dragging using the new, intuitive Edit Text and Images tool. Arrange and visually merge select contents and multiple documents into one organised PDF file, while retaining source file integrity.
  • Enhanced mobile capabilities: Work with PDF files across tablets and smartphones in touch-friendly Adobe Reader to annotate and add comments, as well as fill in, sign and save forms.
  • Save PDF documents as PowerPoint, Word or Excel files or reuse parts of or entire PDF files as Microsoft Office documents and Web pages without retyping. Reflow paragraph text without disturbing format.
  • Improved protection of all PDF files created from Microsoft PowerPoint, Word, and Excel to help prevent copying, editing, or printing without permission.

The new and improved IT features and functionality now enable IT professionals to:

  • Standardise on an easy to use, full-featured, consistent, trusted PDF Reader for iPads and Android tablets. Additionally, deliver Acrobat XI and Reader XI as a centrally managed, touch-friendly, virtual application with new support for Microsoft App-V via Citrix XenApp.
  • Integrate Adobe Acrobat XI more seamlessly with Microsoft Office and Microsoft SharePoint, enabling users to do more with PDF in an Office or SharePoint environment.
  • Streamline deployment and maintenance with free Adobe tools to aid configuration and installation, as well as enhanced support for Microsoft SCCM/SCUP and Apple Remote Desktop.
  • Help mitigate risk and protect systems and data with industry-leading security technology, in addition to the Adobe PDF Whitelist Framework, allowing selective enablement of JavaScript for both Windows and Mac OS. Easily deliver multi-step PDF file preparation and security measures using the Action Wizard to help ensure organisational consistency.

Pricing and Availability
Acrobat XI is available through Adobe Authorised Resellers and the Adobe Australia store. Adobe store price for Acrobat XI Standard is A$467.00 incl. GST. Adobe store price for Acrobat XI Pro is A$709.00 incl. GST. Acrobat XI Pro is also available on subscription for A$19.99 per month for a one year plan. Upgrade pricing and volume licensing are available. A free 30-day trial of Acrobat Pro is available – try it now. A Reader XI free download is also available – click here.

Education pricing for students, faculty and staff in K-12 and higher education institutions is available from Adobe Authorised Education Resellers. For more information regarding education volume licensing for higher education and K-12 institutions, please click here. For more detailed information about features, OS support, upgrade policies, pricing and international versions, please visit Adobe Australia.

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