ADOBE® ACROBAT ® 8 FAMILY
PRODUCT COMPARISON
The Adobe Acrobat 8 family of products enables business
professionals to communicate and collaborate with
confidence using Adobe PDF, the de facto standard for
electronic document exchange.
Reliably create, optimize, and share content-rich documents
Acrobat 3D
Version 8
Acrobat 8
PROFESSIONAL
Acrobat 8
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Acrobat 8
Elements
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Scan documents into Adobe PDF and automatically recognize text with optical character
recognition (OCR)
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Facilitate reuse of content: Save Adobe PDF files into multiple file formats, including Microsoft
Word documents, retaining the layout, fonts, formatting, and tables
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• From Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint—documents, spreadsheets, presentations,
and more
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• From Microsoft Internet Explorer—an entire website, a single page, or portions of a page
(Windows® only)
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Convert DWG files to Adobe PDF files without using AutoCAD or AutoCAD LT
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Convert 3D designs from major CAD applications to PDF documents for use by extended
teams without expensive CAD or viewer software
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Insert 3D CAD designs into Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents and convert
the files to PDF
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Create rich, interactive documents with 3D content: Add materials, create exploded views,
edit lighting, and save as 3D objects or 2D raster/vector images for use by extended teams
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Include PMI* data with 3D designs in PDF documents for use by extended teams
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Export exact geometry data from PDF into standard 3D formats, such as STEP, IGES, and
Parasolid, for use in CAM and CAE applications
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Create Adobe® PDF files from any application that prints
Right-click or drag and drop files to the Acrobat® icon for easy conversion
Select file compression and resolution settings when creating a PDF
Create Adobe PDF files from popular business applications with one-button ease:
Easily access Acrobat features you use the most to complete common
tasks faster with the new Getting Started screens in Acrobat 8 Standard,
Acrobat 8 Professional, and Acrobat 3D Version 8.
• From Microsoft Publisher and Microsoft Access (Windows only)
• From Microsoft Outlook and IBM® LotusNotes, retaining e-mail attachments, links, and
bookmarks for sender, date, and subject (Windows only)
• Create Adobe PDF files with one-button ease from AutoCAD,® Microsoft Visio, and Microsoft
Project (Windows only)
• Preserve document layers in technical drawings in Visio and AutoCAD
• Retain object data in Visio
Easily create PDF files that are larger than 200 inches
Quickly capture 3D designs from major CAD applications in PDF documents and enable your extended team to use Adobe Reader® to review,
comment, and mark up these designs, when enabled by Acrobat 3D.
*Product manufacturing information (PMI) is used to convey information such as geometric dimensioning and tolerancing, annotations, dimensions, and other specifications directly on the 3D model.
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Combine files from multiple applications into a single, polished document
Acrobat 3D
Version 8
Combine multiple files into a searchable, sortable PDF package that maintains the individual
security settings and digital signatures of the original PDF files
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Use Start Meeting to collaborate online and share documents in real time with Adobe
Acrobat Connect™ software
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Manage reviews by exchanging Adobe PDF documents by e-mail
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Conduct shared reviews—Leverage existing infrastructure (including network folders,
Microsoft SharePoint, and WebDAV Server) to enable reviewers to see each other’s comments
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Use familiar commenting and markup tools including sticky notes, text edits, highlighter,
stamps, cloud, callout, text box, and other shapes
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Enable users of free Adobe Reader* software to fully participate in document reviews with
complete commenting and markup tools
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Navigate pages and zoom in to closely inspect details using the loupe tool, the dynamic
zoom tool, and the pan and zoom window
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Merge files from multiple applications into a single PDF with continuous pages
Reduce PDF file size by optimizing compression and resolution with a single click
Attach native files to PDF documents
Easily apply Bates numbering to a set of documents
Add and precisely place backgrounds or watermarks, headers, and footers to PDF files
Save backgrounds, watermarks, headers, and footers for easy reuse in the future
Shrink documents so headers and footers do not run into document content
Combine files from multiple applications into a single Adobe PDF file.
Include only the pages or worksheets you need, and arrange them
in the order you want them to appear. Easily optimize file size and
conversion settings.
Embed multimedia, sound files, and 3D graphics
Automatically aggregate comments so they appear together in one PDF file
Track the status of feedback using review management tools
Use the comment list summary to easily reconcile comments
Print summary of document comments
Sort and filter comments by reviewer
Format and spell-check comments
Export comments into Word documents (Windows only)
Export comments into AutoCAD files (Windows only)
Compare two Adobe PDF files side by side to see differences
*Requires Adobe Reader 7.0 or 8
Easily manage document reviews with Adobe Acrobat. Send PDF files
for review, and track the status of feedback using review management
tools. Even add new reviewers, and e-mail all participants with reminders.
Acrobat 8
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Acrobat 8
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Manage and organize feedback to expedite document collaboration
Easily measure distance, perimeter, and area
Use familiar commenting and markup tools including sticky notes,
text edits, highlighter, and more to review documents in Adobe PDF.
View and sort comments by author or page in the Comments pane.
Acrobat 8
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Apply advanced document control and security
Acrobat 8
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Acrobat 8
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Help ensure document authenticity and integrity using digital signatures and public key
infrastructure (PKI) technology
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Enable Adobe Reader users to digitally sign PDF documents*
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Add security policies to protect sensitive information outside your firewall through integration
with Adobe LiveCycle® Policy Server software**
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Create fillable PDF forms from scanned paper, existing PDF documents, Microsoft Word
documents, or Excel spreadsheets
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Create XML-based PDF forms for intelligent data collection and the distribution of structured
information using Adobe LiveCycle Designer (Windows only)
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Get started quickly with easy-to-use wizards that guide you through forms creation,
distribution, and data aggregation
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Apply restrictions on printing, copying, and altering PDF documents
Find hidden information, including metadata, annotations, attachments, form fields, layers,
and bookmarks, and delete as needed
Permanently delete sensitive information, including specific text or illustrations, with
redaction tools
Certify documents using GeoTrust® digital services to verify document authenticity
*Requires Adobe Reader 7.0 or 8.
**Available separately.
Collect and exchange forms data
Automatically recognize form fields on static PDF documents and convert them to interactive
fields that can be filled electronically by anyone using free Adobe Reader software
Enable Adobe Reader users to fill and save PDF forms locally for offline use*
Create forms using more than 20 different XML-based templates (Windows only)
Get started quickly with an easy-to-use wizard for forms creation and
more than 20 form templates for data collection.
Acrobat 8
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Protect documents using passwords and 128-bit RC4 or Advanced Encryption Standard (AES),
endorsed by the U.S. government for classified information
Find hidden information in PDF files, including metadata, annotations, attachments, form fields, layers, and bookmarks, and delete
as needed.
Acrobat 3D
Version 8
Import a PDF into LiveCycle Designer as background artwork, preserving the layout and
fidelity of the original PDF (Windows only)
Compile returned forms into a single PDF package
Export form data to a spreadsheet for further analysis, without the need to rekey
*For ad-hoc forms distribution and data collection for up to 500 people.
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Prepare files for high-quality printing
Acrobat 8
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Acrobat 8
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Acrobat 8
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Use the built-in organizer tool to find, sort, and review thumbnails of Adobe PDF documents
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Search Adobe PDF documents to retrieve information quickly
• Document metadata search
• Text search inside the document
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Automate preflight and correction of Adobe PDF files
Control and automate PDF workflow using JDF
Create and validate PDF/X standard files
Touch up objects, edit images, crop content, and position content without creating a new
Adobe PDF file
Overlay watermarks for viewing and printing
Identify and correct problems in PDF files using the enhanced preflight
features. Preflight profiles can identify common problems and
automatically correct them based on user-defined rules.
Acrobat 3D
Version 8
Print simple booklets
Synchronize color settings with Adobe Creative Suite® applications
Create and use transparency flattener presets
Flatten live transparencies, fix hairline rules, and convert colors to CMYK
Print composites and save composite EPS files
Preview color separations and transparency flattening
Organize and archive documents
Identify, preview, and control the colors in a PDF file using
Output Preview and Ink Manager. View individual plates for
color separations. Convert spot colors to process or alias colors
to ensure proper color separations.
Create PDF/A standard files
Validate that documents are compliant with the PDF/A standard archive format
Catalog and build indexes of documents
Embed indexes within a PDF file
Upgrade to the latest version of free Adobe Reader
today. Share and view Adobe PDF documents across
a wide variety of devices, including desktops, laptops,
PDAs, and mobile phones.
Additional Resources
For more information on IT tools that deploy and extend
Acrobat across the organization, visit www.adobe.com/go/it.
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Create more accessible Adobe PDF files
Make PDF documents more accessible by adding tags to control reading order and
improve navigation
Customize accessibility preferences with an easy-to-use wizard
Check a document for possible accessibility problems
Set high-contrast colors for better visibility
Enable large-type display by setting text to reflow through pages
Provide a reading order for pages or columns of text
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