Mark Stephens

Mark Stephens has been working with Java and PDF since 1999 and has diversified into HTML5, SVG and JavaFX.

He also enjoys speaking at conferences and has been a Speaker at user groups, Business of Software, Seybold and JavaOne conferences. He has a very dry sense of humor and an MA in Medieval History for which he has not yet found a practical use.

Acrobat X is coming…

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On 18th October, Adobe announced a new version of Acrobat (Acrobat X). It has been 2 years since Adobe released the Acrobat 9.0 family of products, and the release of a new version is always a big event in the PDF world. Not only does it tend to see a change in what people expect from a PDF tool, but it also means a new PDF format (presumably 1.9) as well.

It looks like Adobe have added the usual range of new features but also spent some time on speed and stability. I found the speed and stability of Acrobat 9.0 slightly disappointing – I have several PDF files which can crash it but open in Mac Preview and other PDF tools. So I am especially looking forward to seeing what they have done here.

Each new version of Acrobat usually sees a new release of the PDF reference adding features required to support the new functions and new technologies. The spec has always been backwardly compatible, so it will only effect you if you see files from the new tools or want to access the new features. I will write a review when I have had a chance to study it in detail. There are more technical details on Adobe’s technical blog.

So, we’ll try to review them in due course, but if you have had a try to play with the new version of Acrobat, please let us know what you thought. Is it any good?

Mark Stephens

Mark Stephens has been working with Java and PDF since 1999 and has diversified into HTML5, SVG and JavaFX.

He also enjoys speaking at conferences and has been a Speaker at user groups, Business of Software, Seybold and JavaOne conferences. He has a very dry sense of humor and an MA in Medieval History for which he has not yet found a practical use.

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