I’ve been using Designer 8.2 for quite some time now (working at Adobe does have its perks!) and I must say it’s much more stable than 8.1 and has a lot of really nice, new features to offer such as:
- major tab ordering UI update — we listened to your feedback and made this a whole lot better than it ever was before;
- hyperlink support;
- advanced text formatting with kerning, horizontal/vertical stretch, hyphenation, etc;
- enhancements to the Fragment Library (you can now edit Fragment Info metadata without having to open the fragment and you can also delete fragments right from the Fragment Library);
- contents of fields (text fields, numeric fields, etc.) and text objects can now be split across pages for a nicer layout;
- authenticated web service support.
Those are only the highlights. There are many other little but very significant updates that I’ll be sharing in future blog posts so stay tuned and in the mean time, get the free trial and check it out!
Acrobat/Reader 9.0 also has a host of new features including:
- native support for Flash (you can now embedded SWFs directly into your PDF documents);
- assemble various files together into a cohesive, branded package called a PDF Portfolio;
- and many more features that will enhance productivity and collaboration.
As usual, there are enhancements to XFA-PDF forms in Acrobat/Reader and I’ll be highlighting a few of those as well in future posts.
PS: Note that the standalone version of Designer has not been updated yet. I suspect it’ll be updated very soon however at this time, it looks like the only way to get Designer 8.2 is by downloading/purchasing Acrobat 9.0 Pro/Extended.
Posted by Stefan Cameron on July 3rd, 2008
Filed under Acrobat,Designer
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