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Old 09-05-2006, 10:20 AM   #1
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Default Adobe Acrobat Version Differences

I am considering buying a newer version of Adobe Acrobat through eBay. The latest version is there, but also versions 6, and 5, and 4.

What I want to know is whether I should be satisfied with version 5, for example, rather than a more recent version. Although I have posted in Print Production & Automation, I don't need a PDF for printed matter, only for posting on the web.

Also, I am concerned about the size of a PDF, not wishing to create problems for part of my civic association audience still on dial-up Internet service.

So, please tell me about version differences that might be important.

(My Win98SE has a really old version, but that computer no longer boots. I also had two other pieces of software which produced a PDF on the old computer.)
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Old 09-05-2006, 11:10 AM   #2
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Get the latest, things get outdated fast. 5 is now very ancient, 6 is still usable. Text editing is easier in 7, but 6 is less strict about font permissions.
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Old 09-05-2006, 06:15 PM   #3
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Roary makes good points. I've got all three, 5, 6, and 7 on one PC or another and still find that for simply producing PDFs for uses such as you describe, 5's not only fine, it's generally faster and easier to use and lacks the toystore interface that later versions offer. Installs are a lot simpler as well.

If you're going to go upscale, I'd go 7, skip 6, IMO (but understand that 7 has activation, which makes it a pain to move the software from one computer to another ... it can be done but it's more work).

Ah. Do you plan to use this with any of the MS products? If so, which, and which version? That could be important.

   
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Old 09-06-2006, 03:34 AM   #4
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Roary makes good points. I've got all three, 5, 6, and 7 on one PC or another and still find that for simply producing PDFs for uses such as you describe, 5's not only fine, it's generally faster and easier to use and lacks the toystore interface that later versions offer. Installs are a lot simpler as well.

Ah. Do you plan to use this with any of the MS products? If so, which, and which version? That could be important.
I would use Acrobat with MS Word 2003 and 98, and sometimes with MS Excell 2003 and 98. I might also use it with a browser, but of course there I have at least five different choices, no particular reason to use MSIE.

Steve, you have convinced me that I want Adobe Acrobat 5. That's why I asked in here, knowing I would get information and lots of opinions.

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For your info, I use 6 with Word 2003 and it works great, just click the button in the Word toolbar and it makes your pdf out of Word. You might want to find out if 5 installs as a Word add-on like 6 does.
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Old 09-06-2006, 08:15 AM   #6
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you have convinced me that I want Adobe Acrobat 5
If you are going to produce PDFs to export MS Word, Excel, and Powerpoint documents, I'd choose Acrobat 7 (not Acrobat Pro) if I could get it fairly cheaply; on the other hand, what about products that are a lot cheaper than Acrobat, such as PDFfactory, which offers a trial version.

Acrobat 5 and later come with a 'direct' conversion for Word etc., but 5 & 6 use a pretty crude macro, whereas 7 does it by other means. They all work via Distiller, bu you can make most settings in Word etc.

   
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Hold up a bit though. Office 2003, eh?

Acrobat installs a set of macros/toolbars into the Office apps if they're present when you install Acrobat and opt to have them installed. Problem is, the ones with Acrobat 5 don't work with Office 2003.

You can leave them out and still make PDFs by printing to the Distiller printer driver but you wont' have the sometimes useful features in Word that the add-ins bring to the table ... converting the links in Word to live links in the PDF and so on.

If that's not a big deal then you're probably fine with 5. If you do lots of linking in your docs, you'll want 6 or later.

   
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Roary,

Acrobat 5 does install the macro package into Word, but it gives Word 2003 indigestion.

   
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Old 09-07-2006, 02:42 PM   #9
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Do you need Office??? Ability Office, Star Office and Open office can all produce PDF files without the need for Acrobat.

And of course CorelDraw, InDesign, PagePlus etc can all produce PDF files also.
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Whether I need it isn't relevant. dthompson said he does and needs to know what version of Acrobat will work best.

But since you asked, yep, I need Office. The others won't do, at least in my line of work. FWIW, the next version of Office will be able to produce PDFs natively as well (you'll have to download a free add-in from MS -- it won't be shipped with Office 2007, due to legal disputes between them and Adobe that I don't begin to understand).

Yup, Corel Draw does a nice job of making PDFs. Crummy word processor though ... ;-)

   
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