New Acrobat version integrated with e-sign and online forms cloud apps

Acrobat XI is also integrated with Microsoft PowerPoint

Adobe announced on Monday a new version of its Acrobat desktop application for creating and editing PDF documents that now features integration with other Adobe cloud services and with Microsoft PowerPoint.

Acrobat XI also comes with a user interface optimized for touch screens, such as those used in popular tablet devices.

The Adobe cloud services integrated with Acrobat XI are electronic signature application EchoSign and online forms application FormsCentral. The goal is to significantly reduce the time it takes for documents, such as contracts, to get signed, and for forms to be created, distributed and analyzed, according to Adobe.

Meanwhile, this new version of Acrobat now interacts with PowerPoint, building on existing integration with Word and Excel, which lets users save PDF documents in the file formats from those Microsoft applications.

In addition, Acrobat XI makes it easier to edit text and images via a new drag-and-drop tool, according to the company.

Improvements aimed at IT departments include better IT management features, including new support for Microsoft App-V via Citrix XenApp, as well as new security capabilities, such as "selective enablement" of JavaScript, according to Adobe.

The product's Standard edition will cost US$299 -- or $139 to upgrade -- per seat while the Pro edition will go for $499 -- or $199 to upgrade -- per seat. The cloud services it's integrated with, EchoSign and FormsCentral, start at $14.95 per user, per month and $14.99 per user, per month, respectively.

Juan Carlos Perez covers enterprise communication/collaboration suites, operating systems, browsers and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Follow Juan on Twitter at @JuanCPerezIDG.

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