Acrobat Pro X

On February 28, 2011, in Macintosh, Review, by Neale Monks

Acrobat X Pro
Company: Adobe
Price: $449 (upgrade, $199)

PDF files have been used since 1993 to share documents with the absolute certainty that the recipient will see the same formatting as the sender. Initially at least, PDF files were created using Acrobat, sometimes directly, but more often using Acrobat to convert word processor files into PDF files. At the other end of the chain, the person reading a PDF file had to use Acrobat Reader, a small application that could be used either on its own or as a web browser plug-in.

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About Neale Monks

Neale Monks has used Macs since 1990, when he was won over by the simplicity of printing from a networked Mac compared to doing the same thing with networked PCs. Since that time he's written for several Macintosh magazines including Macworld and Macformat as well as, InformIT, Peachpit, TidBITs, and the now-defunct AppleLust web site. Besides using Macs to make his living every day of the week, he likes to tinker about with vintage Macs, and a few years back wrote an e-book called 'Buying Used Macs' published through Neale has a degree in zoology and a PhD in palaeontology. He lives in the market town of Berkhamsted on the edge of the Chiltern Hills.

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Adobe Creative Suite 4 Master Collection – First Look

On December 1, 2008, in Features, by John Hamilton Farr

Adobe Creative Suite 4 Master Collection
Company: Adobe Systems, Inc.

Price: $2,499

This is a “first look” review for a general audience — design shops and creative professionals already know what they want and how to get it. You won’t see any in-depth evaluations of individual programs here (those will come later), but I will hit the high points and let you know what’s new. I’ll also discuss ordering and pricing options, tell you about special deals, and share my thoughts on how mere mortals can afford this software suite. Finally, I’ll talk about the installation and how that went. I learned a few things about the new Photoshop and Dreamweaver, too, so let’s have a look.

Reviewing the CS4 Master Collection in toto is like describing America after a single transcontinental flight, so please bear with me. To demonstrate what I mean, when I first opened the box, this is what I found (for more information on the individual apps, browse the main Adobe Products page)

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About John Farr

John Hamilton Farr first met MyMac publisher Tim Robertson at Macworld San Francisco in 2000 and has contributed numerous reviews and articles since then. The author of Taos Soul, Buffalo Lights, and dozens of columns for Horse Fly, a monthly Taos newspaper, he has published online relentlessly since 1997 and currently writes at 7,000 feet from Taos, New Mexico, U.S.A.

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