Acrobat 5 is not without its problems. At present there is no native Mac OS X version, and there are also limitations to its use in the Classic mode – including difficulties with the scan functionality and third-party drivers. Even Acrobat Reader’s Search facility is unsupported in OS X Classic mode. However, Adobe has promised the OS X upgrade will be free.
When Acrobat 4 was released, a number of features were missing in the Mac version. While some of these were added in later updates, Adobe received a high level of clack from Mac users. This time round, only one important feature has been left out: close interaction with Microsoft Office 2001 through the lack of the Convert to Adobe PDF function. This Windows-only macro preserves the structure of a Microsoft Word file, including links to Tables of Content, indexes and figure tables. Using the Mac’s Create Adobe PDF facility results in a “dumb” PDF that requires manual recreation of links – not a pleasant idea when working with a large document.
Without a doubt, Adobe has taken Acrobat to a new level. Web integration in terms of converting Web sites to PDF, proofing documents and adding digital signatures, content repurposing with extraction of graphics and text export, and superior print and soft-proofing facilities make Acrobat 5 a very tempting upgrade for anyone with a previous version, and a must-buy for newbies to PDF creation.
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