Adobe Reader 9 Review

Enjoy tight integration with Creative Suite 3 software
Rely on tight integration between Adobe® Acrobat® 9 Pro software and design components of Adobe Creative Suite® 3, including Adobe InDesign® CS3, Illustrator® CS3, Photoshop® CS3 Extended, and Flash® CS3 Professional. For example, synchronize color and transparency flattener settings between Acrobat and Creative Suite 3 design components, or embed and smoothly play back content created with Flash in PDF files.

Prepare high-end Adobe PDF files
Produce consistent Adobe PDF files from InDesign CS3, Illustrator CS3, Photoshop CS3 Extended, and Acrobat 9 Pro using shared PDF presets. Create custom PDF presets in any of these applications and then access them from the other applications for predictable, reliable results.

Package documents in dynamic PDF Portfolios New!
Assemble layouts, drawings, images, video, audio, and other files into a single dynamic PDF Portfolio with files preserved in their original formats or as PDF files. Customize the PDF Portfolio interface using professionally designed templates and interactive navigation based on Flash technology. Add your own brand elements, define the sequence in which documents are presented, and include descriptions of each document.

Embed content created in Adobe Flash New!
Enrich your PDF documents with embedded video, audio, and widgets created in Flash that are natively viewable with Adobe Acrobat 9 and Adobe Reader® 9 software. Combine the security and convenience of portable Adobe PDF files with the rich appeal of high-impact media.

Easily create, manage, and analyze forms New!
Generate sophisticated PDF forms easily, thanks to an enhanced form creation wizard. Automatically locate form fields in static PDF documents and convert them to dynamic, interactive XML fields that can be filled out by anyone using Adobe Reader. The resulting data can be automatically captured and consolidated into a spreadsheet. And new services provide an easy-to-access hub to distribute and manage forms more securely and to collect and analyze form data.

Easily collaborate using synchronized document views New!
Quickly get on the same page - and to an exact location - with a client or colleague by synching your view of a PDF file with theirs. Simply send an e-mail invitation to collaborate live and attach the PDF file or upload it to Then, when the other reviewer logs in, zero in on the content that needs attention. Using built-in chat or a quick phone call for discussion as you move through your synced view of the document, identify and resolve issues quickly.

Set up shared PDF reviews easily on New!
Eliminate the technical complexities of shared PDF reviews and enable people outside your firewall to participate more easily by using complimentary services on to manage your shared document reviews. An enhanced distribution wizard and Tracker simplify setup and tracking. Identify the status of the reviews, send reminders, and receive alerts when reviewers complete tasks. Then efficiently view consolidated feedback in the Tracker.

Create in PDF/A or PDF/X
Create documents in PDF/A, the ISO standard for long-term archiving of electronic documents, or PDF/X, an ideal format for high-quality professional printing.

Key features for print professionals ›
Preview, preflight, correct, and prepare PDF files for print Enhanced!

Control costs, reduce errors, and deliver premium customer service using extensive preflight and print production features that are now better than ever in Acrobat 9 Pro. Provide preflighting instructions and custom PDF export presets to ensure that your PDF files conform to specific production requirements. Then automatically validate files and easily fix issues from faulty hairlines to transparency handling, black conversion, spot color mapping, and more.

Access metadata using the Object Inspector New!
Get the full details about an object with the new Object Inspector, which displays metadata for any object you select.

Manage accurate conversions from RGB to black New!
Convert color on any object type, in any color space, using profiles that you choose. Preserve black, promote gray to CMYK Black, and convert from one color system to another accurately - for example, switch from Euroscale CMYK directly to Japan CMYK for text, images, line art, or smooth shades.

Work with built-in Pantone color libraries New!
Pantone libraries are now part of Acrobat 9 Pro. Make use of a Pantone color library when converting spot colors, or map to Pantone colors through preflight checks and fixes.

View how elements interact with Overprint Preview New!
Easily and reliably preview how overlapping elements will display and print using intelligent Overprint Preview in Acrobat 9 Pro or Adobe Reader 9. Both products detect whether a selected page contains overlapping elements and then toggle Overprint Preview on or off accordingly.

Detect differences between document versions New!
Quickly detect differences between two versions of a document, including PDF, Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint, CAD, and even scanned documents. A new Compare Documents interface makes it quick and easy to compare entire documents. View thumbnails indicating all changes on every page. Select the types of changes you want to display or ignore, including text formatting, images, line weights, and backgrounds.

Verify that documents comply with industry standards New!
Create and validate PDF files that comply with a host of the latest industry standards, including PDF/X-1a, PDF/X-3, PDF/X-4, PDF/X-4p, PDF/X-5, PDF/A, PDF/E, Job Definition Format (JDF), XMP metadata, and XML. Automate file creation and validation while helping to ensure correct print output using JDF and an Adobe PDF workflow. A built-in, portable verification record enables you to check document standards compliance at any time.

Experience improved layer controls Enhanced!
Import any PDF file as a new layer into an existing PDF file, dynamically create layers within PDF files according to the PDF/X-4 specification, and preflight to move text, images, or vector artwork to individual layers.

Work with consistent print dialog boxes New!
Enjoy smoother cross-platform print functionality. The print dialog boxes in Acrobat 9 Pro are now consistent between Mac OS and Windows®.

Enjoy end-to-end PDF workflows
Integrate Acrobat 9 Pro and Adobe Creative Suite 3.3 with the Adobe PDF Print Engine, a native PDF printing platform available in high-end output systems from industry-leading printer manufacturers. Preserve PDF content natively throughout the workflow for more consistent results and improved print productivity and profitability.

Automate JDF workflows
Define, control, and automate the print production workflow using industry-standard JDF files. JDF files are electronic job tickets that travel with PDF files to define and automate the application of printing specifications. For example, automatically convert InDesign files to Adobe PDF and preflight and validate them against the output intent using JDF-based workflows

Key features for web professionals ›
Package diverse documents as a PDF Portfolio New!

Apply your expertise with Adobe Flash software to producing branded, high-impact, easy-to-navigate PDF Portfolios - a more secure way to link together layouts, images, drawings, video, audio, and other documents in a compact container. You can quickly assemble PDF Portfolios using predesigned templates, or create custom templates and navigation using your skills with Flash to their utmost. With new native support for Flash technology, Acrobat enables you to create more rich, interactive documents for you and your clients.

Embed content created in Adobe Flash New!
Design and produce video, audio, applications, and other experiences using Flash software, and then embed those files in Adobe PDF documents to create more effective, engaging communication. With built-in support for Adobe Flash Player, Acrobat 9 Pro and Adobe Reader 9 can play back these files directly for optimal viewing.

Manage forms, reviews, and sharing with services New!
Use the new services from, which work directly with Acrobat 9 Pro, to more easily manage reviews either one-on-one or across a team. Through new support in Acrobat 9 Pro and, you can also create forms and easily aggregate the data collected from them, store files online, and much more.

Capture web pages as Adobe PDF files
Capture complex web pages for archive or review using enhanced Web Capture that converts web pages to Adobe PDF documents to easily print, archive, mark up, or share. (Windows only)

Easily create Adobe PDF documents
Create Adobe PDF documents with one-button ease from Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint (as well as additional Microsoft applications, such as Visio and Internet Explorer, on Windows).

Optimize Adobe PDF output
Select from multiple file size and quality settings to optimize PDF output for your intended purpose.

Enable advanced features in Adobe Reader
Enable anyone using free Adobe Reader 9 to participate in document reviews, fill out and save electronic forms offline, and digitally sign documents.

Apply passwords and assign permissionsRestrict access to Adobe PDF documents using 128-bit encryption. Set document permissions to help restrict who can print, save, copy, or modify a document.

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