Careers Business Ownership Adobe Acrobat X Pro Review Create & Collaborate With Ease - New & Improved Features in Acrobat X Share PINTEREST Email Print Adobe Acrobat X Pro Box Shot. Courtesy of Adobe Business Ownership Becoming an Owner Online Business Small Business Home Business Entrepreneurship Operations & Success Industries By Bryan Haines Bryan Haines Bryan Haines is a serial entrepreneur with more than 10 years of experience. Learn about our Editorial Process Updated on 11/01/16 Adobe Acrobat X Pro is available as a standalone product, or in the new Adobe Acrobat X Suite, which includes: Acrobat X ProPhotoshop CS5Adobe Captivate 5Adobe Presenter 7Adobe LiveCycle Designer ES2 andAdobe Media Encoder CS5 What's New in Acrobat X Pro? The Action Wizard What is an action? If you are familiar with either Photoshop or Illustrator then you understand what actions are. You can think of it like a recipe where you enter in all the steps to get a specific result. When you tell the program to replay those steps, you're guaranteed to get the exact same results. Well, the action function has been saving Adobe users lots of time and frustration for years. Now, this feature is available in the new Acrobat X. For organizations, this is more than a time-saving feature. By creating specific actions, administrators can ensure the consistent appearance of documents and branding. These actions can be exported and emailed. The newly received action can be double clicked and executed (like a mini program) to be imported and used on the users' system. The new action is automatically added to the Action Option menu. This is going to be a very popular feature. Some of the pre-built actions include: Archive Paper DocumentsPrepare for DistributionPrepare for ReviewPrepare for Web PublishingPublish Sensitive DocumentsCreate Accessible PDFs Easily Manage Shared Reviews So, what’s a shared review? When developing a document, either for internal use or a client, you now have the option to send it out for review. Of course, you could always do that, but with the shared review feature, you can receive suggestions and comments in an organized and constructive way. By using Acrobat.com web service the comments are connected, or tagged, to the specific area of the document that it relates to. So when you want to review the required changes and suggestions, it is part of the review document. See who suggested what, when and for what part of the document. This feature will be of special interest to online businesses, as Web pages can be saved into the PDF, and sent for review to management teams or clients. This great collaboration tool will save time, and make it easier to get specific feedback on developing projects. Export Data into MS Word or Excel – and Maintain Formatting This is a feature long overdue. For years Adobe and Microsoft just didn’t get along. Then Microsoft began offering the ability to save their Word and Excel documents into PDF format. And now users have the ability to go the other way and export into Microsoft format from a PDF. And what’s really great is that it can be in whole – or in part. Tables inside of a PDF file maintain their formatting when exported into an Excel spreadsheet. I expected a few glitches, but it worked flawlessly. This simple feature will eliminate needless data re-entry and recreation of existing documents. What’s Improved in Acrobat X Pro? PDF Portfolio – Enhanced Functionality A PDF Portfolio is a relatively new format that can group a set of documents into one file, without changing each individual file. Individual files are easily viewed inside of the portfolio or extracted from it. Files that can be part of a portfolio include: PDFMicrosoft Office Files, including Word and ExcelLive WebsitesEmbedded or linked videosImagesFlash files While PDF Portfolios aren’t new in this version, they are much easier to work with. Just 3 easy steps will produce a great PDF Portfolio. Simply choose Create PDF Portfolio > Choose Layout > Add Files. From here you can customize background image, file order, color palette, and fonts. Without any design experience or the need for other programs, quickly and easily make a professional and function portfolio. Some Other Enhanced Features Include: Improved data collectionPermanent Information RemovalAdvanced Security ToolsImproved Optical Character Recognition (OCR) of Scanned Documents An alternative to Adobe Acrobat is NitroPro. Check out the NitroPro 7 Review. Disclosure: Review samples were provided by the manufacturer.