Adobe reveals all about Acrobat XI

Adobe today detailed the contents of its new suite, Acrobat XI.

The new release will be cloud enabled, featuring enhanced touch-friendly capabilities for mobile users and complete PDF editing and export to Microsoft PowerPoint.

The products included in the release are Acrobat XI Pro, Acrobat XI Standard and Adobe Reader XI, as well as the newly integrated document services Adobe FormsCentral and Adobe EchoSign.

The release is designed to increase efficiency, with the incorporation of a drag and drop action via the Edit Text and Images tool. Merging multiple files into a single PDF will also be a possibility.

Melissa Webster, program vice president at IDC, said, "As the number of mobile devices and the use of cloud services surge, information workers must be empowered to work more effectively with documents anywhere on any device. They need a solution that enables them to collaborate with others inside and outside the firewall while at the same time meeting IT and organizational requirements for streamlined management, application security, and secure delivery of information – all with a high ROI."

Other features include improved protection of PDF files to prevent copying, editing or printing without permission, enhanced support for Microsoft SCCM/SCUP and Apple Remote Desktop, and general streamlining and ease of use.

"Our client information is sensitive, so document security is critical. Adobe XI offers advanced document protection capabilities that are easier than ever for our staff to uniformly secure documents," according to Mike Mann, release and deployment analyst, McGladrey. "Microsoft SharePoint is one of our primary methods of sharing files internally. The seamless integration with Acrobat XI enables us to access, edit and save documents directly in SharePoint, eliminating the need to download and manage multiple files."

Acrobat XI is scheduled to ship within the next 30 days, and will be available through Adobe Authorized Resellers, the Adobe Store, Adobe Direct Sales and Adobe Creative Cloud.