|Adobe Acrobat PDF Tools|
|Adobe Acrobat Reader X||free||Adobe Acrobat Reader aka Adobe Reader 2015.010.20056. Last revised/verified: 2016-01-12. May be discontinued. I could not get the primary download site to work. There is an alternate download site http://get/adobe.com/reader/direct, but Adode won’t let you access it except from the their troubleshooting page they show you after the usual download method fails. Lets you view PDF files. Works standalone or inside a browser. Don’t delete its C:\Program Files\setup files\ even after the install is complete. It uses them for its auto-updating. When you install Acrobat, launch the downloadable from Windows Explorer, not from the command line. Otherwise it will just sit there doing nothing. After you install, check for updates. Adobe does not post the latest build.|
|Adobe Acrobat 3D X||Top of the line Acrobat. Handled 3D information as well. Last revised/verified: 2010-11-18|
|Adobe Capture 3||OCR (Optical Character Recognition) program that lets you scan documents into PDF format. Very good at seamlessly turning whatever it cannot understand with OCR into an embedded graphic. You can’t tell by looking at the final result which parts were done with graphics and which with OCR. In theory you could use any OCR program, such as TextBridge. Last revised/verified: 2010-11-18|
|Adobe Capture 3 Cluster||Like Adobe Capture personal, except that it organises the many different people working on the same giant project, some scanning, some touching up, some preparing indexes and links. Last revised/verified: 2007-06-05|
|Adobe GoLive Cs2||Once you export your PDF into HTML you can tweak it with GoLive, or any other HTML editor such as Dreamweaver. I have not had a chance to see what the HTML looks like that Acrobat creates. I assume it will be as disgusting as that produced by MS Word. It would take huge amounts of cleanup to convert it to rival directly-generated HTML for compressibility. However bulky, it should render reasonably faithfully. Last revised/verified: 2007-06-05|
All Adobe software is overpriced and ponderously slow. You need higher end computers no more than a couple of years old to run it satisfactorily. For document composition, you want NT, W2K, XP, W2003, Vista, W2008, W7-32, W7-64, W8-32, W8-64, W2012, W10-32 and W10-64. You want a scanner with a sheet feed. The Acrobat viewer works fine even on older equipment. If you use a flat bed scanner, someone has to sit there feeding it painfully page by page.
I spent a day at an Adobe Acrobat seminar. One thing that made my eyes pop was their Acrobat tool for taking a paper form and converting it to a data-validated electronic form. You could do in about 5 minutes what would take a couple of days coding in Java.
If there were a tool that could take an Acrobat form and convert it into the equivalent GridBag Java code, you could crank out real code like a madman.
I think we Java programmers ought to have a look at the Acrobat forms creation tool to see what we are aiming for in ease of Java layout programming.
There is now a Java version of the Acrobat Reader that will run on any platform that supports Java.
For a low-cost alternative, , to Acrobat, you can use Zenon’s Docucom PDF Creator. It is a special print driver that converts anything you print in Windows to a PDF file.
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