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#1 November 16 2004


Adobe to update PDF tools

Put away the red pen, because publishing software giant Adobe Systems plans to change the way businesses share comments on documents.

The software maker is set to announce on Monday new versions of Acrobat and Reader, the company's main tools for creating and viewing files based on the PDF (Portable Document Format) standard. New features include expanded collaborative functions intended to improve the exchange of information between businesses and customers or partners.

Until now, folks who wanted to add comments to a PDF document had to have a version of Acrobat, Adobe's collection of PDF authoring tools, said Pam Deziel, director of Acrobat product marketing for Adobe. The new version 7 of Acrobat Professional will allow document creators to switch on commenting functions, which can then be accessed by anyone using the new version of Adobe Reader, the company's free application for viewing--and now interacting with--PDF files.



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