Adobe Systems has unveiled the eleventh version of its Adobe Acrobat which promises stronger collaborative functions, including integration with Microsoft Office tools.
Adobe Software XI's PDF editing features allow users to modify paragraphs, images, and objects by simply clicking and dragging using the new, intuitive Edit Text and Images tool.
Users can also arrange and visually merge select contents and multiple documents into one organised PDF file, while retaining source file integrity. Mobile device users can add comments, fill in, save and sign forms on their tablets and smartphones.
"More and more information is being generated, shared and consumed in documents than ever before," said Kevin M. Lynch, SVP and GM of Acrobat and Document Services at Adobe. "Working with online forms, collaborative PDF reviews and signatures are the everyday norm for business professionals who were once simply content creators."
According to Adobe, Acrobat XI and its Reader tool can be delivered as a centrally managed, touch-friendly, virtual application with support for Microsoft App-V via Citrix XenApp.
Products under the Acrobat XI umbrella include the Pro, Standard and Reader versions. The tools are scheduled to ship at the end of October.
Meanwhile, Adobe has commissioned an IDC white paper that examines document-based challenges. According to the study, a typical company with 1,000 employees has a productivity cost of US$15.9 million annually according to the white paper. Addressing these inefficiencies would be tantamount to hiring an additional 213 people.
Research from the white paper indicates that information workers spend about 15 hours of their work week reviewing and approving documents.
In a telephone poll of about 900 information workers in Southeast Asia, including Singapore, conducted by Adobe's external agency to understand the type of document related activities most dominant in the workplace, about 60 percent of them responded that they work with documents to facilitate reviews by multiple parties.
"To help keep Singapore businesses globally competitive, we see our customers focusing on boosting collaboration, extending infrastructure so that employees can be just as productive on tablets and smartphones as they are on laptops, and investing to make their business secure in an increasingly digital and complex environment," said Vicky Skipp, regional director, Adobe South East Asia.
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