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Acrobat 7 Product Family Feature Matrix

November 15, 2004

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Editor's Note: The feature matrix is as complete and current as possible, but some items may change as new information is released.

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With the announcement of the newest installment in Adobe's Acrobat franchise -- version 7.0, to be precise -- we here at Planet PDF thought we'd supply a little information on the members of the new product family. The three distinct applications follow the same basic concepts used for version 6, and are called (surprise, surprise) Adobe Reader 7.0, Adobe Acrobat 7.0 Standard, and Adobe Acrobat 7.0 Professional. Like their predecessors, the products are designed primarily for free, read-only access (Reader), viewing, creation, editing and basic manipulation (Acrobat Standard), and the whole shebang (Acrobat Professional).

Although all enjoy new and updated features, the distinctions between them have increased markedly. As one might expect, the Professional edition has come out the biggest winner in terms of functionality: not only has it gained much in the areas of forms, design and engineering, it is now capable of flagging documents to enable the full suite of commenting tools to be accessed from the free Reader.

This, along with the new security policy administration, streamlined user interface and loading time are some of the key advances of the release. In order to help clarify issues of comparative functionality, there is a detailed feature matrix included below.

Features Rdr Std Pro
PDF Creation
Electronic form processing (Saving/exporting form data) X X
Electronic form design (Creation of Form Fields) X
Adobe LiveCycle Designer X
Easily merge multiple document types into a single PDF file X X
Convert Web Pages to PDF directly from Internet Explorer (Windows-Only) X X
One-button convert from Outlook for outgoing email attachments X X
One-button convert from MS Outlook of messages with attachments X X
One-button convert from MS Access X X
One-button convert from MS Publisher X X
Support for PowerPoint Animations X X
One-button PDF creation from Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint X X
Scan paper documents into searchable PDF file X X
Right-click creation of Adobe PDF from Windows Explorer X X
One-step screen captures into PDF X
Add headers/Footers/Backgrounds and Watermarks X X
Reduce File Size X X
PDF Optimizer X
Link Tool X X
Add bookmarks to make a PDF easier to navigate X
Engineering Features
One-button convert (and email) from AutoCAD (with layers) (Windows-only) X
One-button convert (and email) from MS Visio (with layers) (Windows-only) X
One-button convert (and email) from MS Project (Windows-only) X
Creative Professional and Print Publishing
Preflighting tools X
Support for PDF/X creation, preflighting and output support X
Color Separations Preview and Printing X
Rulers and Guides X
Support for auto-tray sensors for high-end printers X
Advanced printing controls for color management and job tickets X
Output Preview X
Preview and flatten transparency X
Overview print X
Trap presets X
Color conversion in viewer X
Hairline fixup X
Change media box size X
Add printer's marks X
Ink manager X
Convert Color to CMYK in Distiller X
Review and Commenting
Initiate email-based and Web-based reviews X X
Review tracker to manage incoming/outgoing status for email/web commenting review workflows X X
Import PDF comments back into source Word file (Word for Windows XP only) X X
Insert/delete text markup tool + X X
Measuring toolbar X
Comment summary pane X X X
Rich Text Formatting in Notes + X X
Support for Custom Stamps + X X
Japanese Standard Business Stamps (J version only) + X X
Polygon and Polyline tool + X X
Clouding Tool + X
Arrow Tool + X
Enable Adobe Reader 7.0 users to add comments X
Export comments into source AutoCAD file X
Viewing and Navigating Documents
Loupe Tool X
Split-Window View X X
Dynamic Zoom X X X
Pan and Zoom X
Viewing Layers X X
Managing Layers X
New Window X X
Accessibility
Keyboard Accessibility X
International language support, including Japanese X X
Enhanced Accessibility Checker X
Enhanced Make Accessible X X
Accessibility Quick Check X X X
Accessibility Full Check X
Read Aloud X X X
Add tags to document X X
Touch Up Reading Order X
Accessibility Set Up Assistant X X X
Search
PDF index searching X X X
PDF index generation (Catalog) X
One-step searching across multiple PDF files X X X
Search more of the PDF document, including annotations, bookmarks, structure and metadata X X X
Search for PDFs on web X X X
Support for searching Chinese, Japanese and Korean text X X
Search for Object data X X X
Organizer X X
IT and Administration Tools
Update manager X X
Self-healing - Automatically detect problems within Acrobat (such as missing files) and easily repair them X X X
Installer - lock down preferences X X
Enhancements for customizing the Acrobat application prior to deployment (for IT Managers) X X
Customizable installer X X X
Support SMS and Tivoli X X X
Support Citrix and WTS X X X
Security and Digital Signatures
Enhanced usability for applying and validating digital signatures X X
LDAP Integration (Windows-only) X X
MSCAPI Support (Windows-only) X X
Protect a PDF using a password to restrict access/printing/editing X X
Digitally sign PDFs X X
Save as certified document X X
Create, manage, and apply security policies from within Acrobat X X
Encrypt a PDF using public key certificates X X
eBook Support
EBX support X X
eBook library X X
Giving and lending eBooks X X
Bookstore URL manager X X
Search web dictionary (English only) X X
Multimedia
Real Media Support(Windows Only) X X
Windows Media Support X X
MP3 Support X X
Flash Support X X
Embed Multimedia content within PDF X X
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