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PC World: Has Adobe Taken a Wrong Turn with Acrobat 9?

21 Jun 2008 | | No Comment

I agree with the sentiments expressed in this PC World article Has Adobe Taken a Wrong Turn with Acrobat 9?.

Since the release of Acrobat 7 it seems like Adobe have run out of new PDF related ideas for Acrobat. Has it reached it’s peak point? Some of the non PDF related features they’ve introduced in Acrobat 8 and 9 would suggest that it has. There’s only really two paths let open to Adobe — 1) finish cannibalizing the feature ideas developed by the third party plug-in community and 2) use Acrobat’s good name to introduce other non purely PDF related products and services, such as Acrobat Connect Pro and Acrobat.com.

Mean while back-at-the-pdf-ranch Adobe have to contend with a growing number of applications that support PDF conversion and PDF security natively (Office 2007, Google Docs, OpenOffice, etc) and cost-effective Acrobat alternatives like Nitro PDF Professional and Scansoft PDF Converter Professional, which are slowly eating away at Acrobats revenue.

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