Adobe Acrobat 5.0 [OLD VERSION]
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"* Convert any document to Adobe PDF * Share documents across a broad range of hardware and software * Approve and vomment on ducuments from within your Web browser." "SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS: * Pentium class processor * Microsoft Windows 95 OSR 2.0, Windows 98, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows NT 4.0 with Service Pack 5 or 6, Windows 2000, or Windows XP * 32 MB of RAM (64 MB recommended) * 120 MB of available hard-disk space * Additional 30 MB of hard-disk space for Asian fonts (optional) * CD-ROM drive * Additional Acrobat 5.0 requirement: Internet Explorer 4.0.1, 5.0 or 5.5 required for Windows NT users." " What good is a document you can't open? Whether you create business plans, spreadsheet, graphically rich brochures, or Web sites, Adobe Acrobat 5.0 software lets you convert any document to an Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) file. Anyone can open your document across a broad range of hardware and software, and it will look exactly as you intended---with layout, fonts, links, and images intact. With Acrobat 5.0, you and your team can increase productivity by approving and commenting on documents from within a Web browser." "Preserve documents exactly as intended: * Easily convert any document to Adobe PDF so anyone can open it across a broad range of hardware and software. * Convert Web pages or entire Web sites to Adobe PDF files with all links intact for office viewing, comments, and archiving. * Produce interactive Adobe PDF forms complete with pop-up boxes, buttons, and text fields that include automatic calculations and operations. * Efficiently process Adobe PDF files using batch capabilities to rotate, crop, and insert pages." "Work smarter as a team: * Quickly approve Adobe PDF files with e-signatures. Or add comments with electronic sticky notes, highlight and strikethrough tools, and more---right from your Web browser. * Save time by easily repurposing the information in Adobe PDF files: Simply save your PDF files as Rich Text files..." [from box]

Any business that requires documents to be shared, reviewed, and edited across broad networks will undoubtedly benefit from Adobe Acrobat 5.0. If you've never used Acrobat before, you'll be amazed at how easy it is to convert Office documents and Web pages to PDF files (portable document format). If you already use Acrobat, new features and enhancements--including the ability to upload documents to Web sites and intranets--make this version a worthwhile upgrade.

Installation is quick and easy; within 15 minutes of opening the box we were saving Web pages as PDF files and adding comments to our documents. New users may want to take a tour around the help sections (either online Help or tool tips) to get acquainted with the program. In addition, checking out the help section will ensure you don't miss out on some of the more hidden features within the application, such as color management and timesaving Windows and Mac shortcuts.

One of the most important new features of version 5.0 is the ability to develop new documents from PDF files. You can now save the PDF file to Rich Text Format (RTF), and then edit the document using your word processor. Another important new feature is the ability to create interactive forms, which actually look a lot like their paper counterparts. And once you figure out how to upload these forms to your company intranet, you can share them with all relevant team members. Team members can even sign these forms, using a password-protected digital signature.

As always, the ability to comment on documents and Web pages remains an important reason to use Acrobat. A toolbar on the left-hand side gives users easy access to the list of comment tools, which range from highlighting tools, note boxes, pencil and line tools, and strikeout tools which let you erase lines of text. Once you've marked up a file or Web page, you can send the file to team members, business contacts and clients. As long as they have the Acrobat Reader (available free from Adobe's Web site), they should be able to read these files. And Acrobat retains the quality of your documents when you print them, so you don't have any nasty surprises when you pick up your documents from the printer.

Companies with employees in different physical locations can only benefit from Acrobat 5.0. While version 4.0 is obviously still a strong and very useful product, upgrading to Acrobat 5.0 promises a host of Internet-ready new features designed to accompany your business to the next level of high-speed communication. --Gisele Toueg

Adobe Acrobat 5.0 is PDF-creation software, direct from the company that first established the PDF standard. PDF stands for portable document format, and it remains the best way to format documents so they can be read by anyone on any platform. Version 5.0 brings significant improvements, particularly with regard to its interaction with other leading software, such as the Microsoft Office suites and programs such as Photoshop and Illustrator.

Installation is easy. Included in the installation is a function button added to Office applications such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. When you've written a document in these programs, simply click the PDF button on the toolbar and it will guide you through saving it as a PDF. Anyone with Acrobat Reader--free and available for download from Adobe's Web site--can view the documents.

You can also upload these documents to Internet sites, or onto networks. This is a key feature of this version. This Web-savvy function means you can post documents on an intranet or a network, and other users can simultaneously view, write on, edit, highlight, and stick notes on it using Acrobat's tools in their browser windows. This has obvious merit for anyone running meetings where not all attendees can be physically present.

You can place graphics from leading software products such as Illustrator and Photoshop into these PDFs, and when clicked on later, they will launch the original creation program if editing is needed. You can also create and add digital signatures to the PDF file, and, once the key is exchanged with your chosen recipient, security of the documents will be assured, as only the recipient can open them.

All in all, Acrobat 5.0 should be an essential toolbox element for anyone who needs to share documents. It is easy to use, creates extremely high-quality items--whether business spreadsheets, brochures for customers (it maintains the integrity of the onscreen version on printers, guaranteeing that the look you intended is rendered to a high quality) or Web sites--and ensures that security is maintained through signatures, and through the fact that only the creator can edit the original file. --Alison Jardine

Adobe Acrobat 5.0 lets you easily convert any document to an Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) file. Whether you create business plans, spreadsheets, graphically rich brochures, or Web sites, Acrobat 5 is an essential tool. Anyone with the free Adobe Acrobat Reader can open your Adobe PDF file across a broad range of hardware and software. It will look and print exactly as intended. Save on printing, mailing, and warehousing by easily distributing compact, secure, searchable Adobe PDF files with Adobe Acrobat 5.0.

Teams can work smarter by adding comments to your PDF files right from their Web browsers with electronic highlighting and sticky notes, e-signature approval, and more. Control access to sensitive content by adding password protection to your document. Confidently share business plans, spreadsheets, graphically rich brochures, and even Web sites. Use a variety of security options to control access to sensitive content or prevent others from changing or printing your document.

Adobe PDF files retain the originals' visual integrity--with layout, fonts, formatting, links, and images intact. Get enhanced integration with Adobe Illustrator 9.0 and Photoshop 6.0. Acrobat 5 provides support for transparency and consistent color management. Click an image in your Adobe PDF file to edit natively in Photoshop, or open Adobe PDF pages or graphics in Illustrator for editing. Repurpose information from your Adobe PDF files by saving the files in Rich Text Format (RTF) for editing in Microsoft Word. Automatically crop, rotate, or insert a large number of Adobe PDF pages with new batch-processing capabilities, and use tiling options to easily proof oversize documents.

Accelerate the Web-site review-and-approval process. Capture your graphically rich sites as PDF files so clients and internal teams can approve and comment on your text and layout without having to go online. Attach Adobe PDF files to e-mail or post them to your network server. Adobe products are tightly integrated, so PDF conversion with Acrobat is a natural next step after you've created pages with Adobe GoLive or other graphically rich software.

Customer Reviews:

  • Excellent Value, great seller
    After reading the reviews I was confident that this seller would do honest business. They did exactly that. The product was exactly as described and arrived in a timely manner.

    I would do business again with this seller....more info
  • And oldie, but goodie!
    I bought an older version of Adobe Acrobat for the sole purpose of creating PDF files. The CD arrived in great shape, installed on Windows XP perfectly, but the only complaint I have is due to this product's age, I can no longer open PDF files online within my web browser. But it's no big deal....more info
  • Acrobat 5.0
    I was using Acrobat Exchange 2.0 and the 5.0 version is a definite step up. As a writer ( Acrobat is necessary to my work. I wouldn't be without it, and v.5.0 is a very good program!
    Thank you for reading!...more info
  • Adobe Acrobat 5.0
    I was familiar with this product before I purchased it. I was leary about purchasing it without the manual or other documentation -- just the CD -- but I took a chance, based on's reputation for standing by their processes.
    The product arrived exactly when and as promised and was also authentic and registerable. I am delighted with it. I found this product to be easy to learn and use immediately. It will take some time to learn everything about it, but the "help" options are excellent and also easy to follow. I'm sure this will be a welcome addition to our software family for years to come....more info
  • This is the best deal going right now for Acrobat
    By the time I was done reading the reviews for Adobe Acrobat 6.0 I was depressed. Not only do I not have Windows XP, or Windows 2000, or NT installed in my machine (The only operating systems that will work with 6) I also couldn't muster up the confidence in the product after so many people were giving it the thumbs down. I want to create an eBook, and Adobe Reader is the most popular reader out there, with some 400 million, to a half a billion users with it installed. What a dilemma. I kept coming back to read some more. Finally I found the answer. I bought a new Adobe Acrobat 5.0 here at Amazon from one of their vendors, and it works great with my Windows 98SE. I planned on buying the 6.0 upgrade after they got the bugs out, and or I got a new computer with XP. Then I found out that 5.0 was the only version before, and that was the professional version. 6.0 Standard is a geared down version of 5. Ok, so it has some additional features, but it is missing all the rest of the professional features that 5 has.
    So what's the skinny on the deal? For what I paid for a new 5 that is the full program, unregistered, and upgradeable, plus what I would have to pay here at Amazon for the 6 Professional Upgrade, I saved 80 bucks, and wound up with both versions 5 and 6 pro. Which as I mentioned are both professional versions. If I bought 5 and upgraded to 6 standard, I would only spend a little more for both versions. (About 4 percent more for standard, and about 20 percent less for professional) That way if 6 standard turned out to be as bad as many were saying it is, I would have 5 also.
    In the final analysis, I am using 5 and am super excited about the new capabilities that Adobe Acrobat gives you. I'm hoping that by the time I get a new machine with XP on it, Adobe will come out with 6.something, or a second edition of 6 etc. with the fixes built in.
    I'm not the only one to come to this conclusion. I noticed in the sales rank at the time I bought it and wrote this review, that 5 was outselling 6. Also I noticed that in the "Those who bought 5 also bought this" section, it had a special note that said, 47% of the people who bought 5 also bought the 6 upgrade. If your running XP, 2000, or NT, get them both. That way all the bases are covered.
    Check out the reviews on 5 you'll be surprised how everybody raves about it. To be perfectly honest with you, if I had an XP machine, I would have ordered the 6 upgrade at the same time. Hope this helps....more info
  • 5.0 Really a Downgrade
    Had to rain on the parade just a bit. One of the features of version 4 that I really liked was deleted from version 5. That is the truncated version of Acrobat Capture that one could use to produce searchable documents from scanned acrobat files. Now, Adobe wants us to cough up money to capture documents on-line. Forget about buying full Capture if you're an ordinary human or small business -- it costs a fortune. Some lamer at work lost our original documentation for our version 4 software, so now we have downgraded to version 5, and no more Capturing files. Take a hint, and if you can still scare up version 4, get it instead of version 5 if you have any interest in producing searchable PDF files from scanned documents. Glad I bought a copy of version 4 for home office use before they came out wioth this one. Too bad I can't revert to version 4 at my day job....more info
  • Useful to the AutoCAD professional
    I bought Adobe Acrobat 5 to experiment with saving AutoCAD 2000 drawings in .PDF format and e-mailing them to customers who are not quite up to speed on the complicated AutoCAD plotter configuration process. Adobe Acrobat 5 performs magnificently for this purpose. All AutoCAD line weight properties were captured effectively, and the Acrobat printing dialog can be configured to plot the drawings at exact scale. Another unexpected benefit of Acrobat is that a drawing saved as a .PDF file is approximately 1/4 the size of the original AutoCAD .DWG file. (Revision) With more experience with the process, I must now add that there is no size benefit involved in saving a drawing in .PDF over .DWG...more info
  • For functionality and reliable cross-platform compatibility.
    Acrobat 5.0 can convert any file type from its application?s print command into a PDF, which, when viewed by someone with the free Acrobat Reader, will look the same as you created it, irrespective of their monitor?s resolution setting, or computer platform. This means that a document containing text and images will look correct on screen and when printed. At present, the Adobe PDF format is the only means of achieving this.

    You can create a navigation path within your PDF using the Bookmarks feature. Highlight and add annotations to sections of the document. And include hyperlinks as in an HTML page, etc.

    Using Acrobat to create a bookmarked photo-gallery, for example, will result in a file much smaller than an equivalent HTML item when you use Acrobat?s screen-optimised Distiller settings, and with all the images retained within the PDF itself, instead of split between a contents folder and its associated HTML page. The PDF can be secured so that your images and text are secure from simple pilfering.

    The security settings in Acrobat 5.0 are a little more comprehensive than was available in 4.0. Examples being password encryption at 128 bits, and print resolution options of high and low. Even so, PDF security is a matter of hot debate at present, as is security in any computer format. So don?t get overly confident. Only regard a secured PDF as being safe from access or tampering by Joe Public. In the case of my photo-gallery example I can secure the PDF from interference in the Reader and the application by using a password. But the images can still be extracted in a PC by simply hitting the print-screen key and then pasting the clipboard contents into an image application such as Photoshop. This also applies to text which can then saved as a TIFF file and processed in an OCR application such as Fine Reader 5.0 Pro, or by straight transcription.

    Some features are now more easily accessed: Distiller and Security settings being two.

    Whether or not Acrobat 5.0 is a major improvement over 4.0 is superfluous, since 4.0 will soon be unavailable. 5.0 does everything that 4.0 did, and more, but some of the features are not backwards compatible with earlier versions of the reader. Users of your files will have to be forewarned if you are using such features, to upgrade their reader. Adobe claim over 200 million Acrobat Reader installations, but that includes readers of 3.0, 4.0, and 4.05 vintage. An example of incompatibility would be an access password set at 128 bits. The recipient must have the 5.0 reader installed to gain entry. Sorry to rabbit on about this, but it is a current point of contention as to why PDFs are not used as often as they might be. Joe Public seems to have an aversion to updating even their internet browser, which is why web-masters have such a fun time keeping their web-sites as compatible as possible. PDFs can be used instead of HTML pages on your web-site but for maximum compatibility you will have to ensure that all important features can be read by a 3.0 reader. Bit of a pain, but there you are. Keep your PDFs simple and there shouldn?t be a problem.

    When you buy Acrobat 5.0, and you haven?t any prior experience, I would recommend that you buy and work your way through Adobe?s Acrobat 5.0 - Classroom in a Book. This, in conjunction with the Acrobat help guide ( Help > Help guide ), will tell you all that you need to know. Methodically work your way through the classroom book first though. It?ll be a lot easier if you do.

    A well designed PDF is the best way for you to communicate your intentions whether that be an e-book, technical supplement, or a photo-gallery...more info

  • Has features I only dreamed about using earlier versions
    Version 5 has features I dreamed about in 3.0 and 4.0, but despaired of ever seeing. Adobe made my dreams come true. Here are the highlights that make this an essential tool if you work with PDF files or transform other documents into PDF format: You can now save files in rich text format (RTF), which can be directly opened and edited in Microsoft Word (and other applications). I was able to do this in version 4 with an expensive third-party plug-in that did not always produce the results I was looking for. Version 5 does not need the plug-in and does a much better job.

    Two other features that I love are the ability to extract images from a PDF file and save them as Tiff, JPEG or PNG graphics. This is really powerful. A nice touch is the user interface, which now makes Acrobat's tool bars look like those in Microsoft Office applications. I thought this was a quantum improvement over the confusing interface in previous versions.

    Adobe touts added security features in this version, but the only thing I found different is the 128-bit encryption. Version 4 gave me total control over protecting documents from alteration, selecting and copying text and printing. As a consultant I sometimes need to provide clients with intellectual property that I need to protect, and the features that I enjoyed in version 4 have been fully carried over in this version. Another nice feature that has been carried over from the previous version is the ability to open a web page from within Acrobat and save it as a PDF file. I have grabbed many pages from many sites for off-line reading using this feature and it still works without a problem in version 5.

    Other features that are interesting, but I have not tried, include the ability to create and publish dynamic forms online, and support for XML form data. When I get time I plan to play around with creating and publishing the dynamic forms because I can think of a dozen uses on my web site.

    Overall this is a solid product that did not cause me the same pain I endured when I moved from version 3 to 4. Everything works as advertised and some of the new features are plain wonderful....more info

  • The Best Keeps Getting Better
    This version has a plethora of new features. The most important of which (for me, anyway) is the ability to convert .pdf documents to rich text format (RTF) for editing in one's favorite word processor. So far, this feature seems to work nearly flawlessly. If you have to generate simple or complex electronic documents then you should not be without this program. The ubiquitous avialablity of Adobe Reader means that the people to which you send your documents will always be able to open them. I know people that won't use MS-Word, but I don't know anyone without Adobe Reader....more info