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and Windows


Fact Sheet


Adobe Acrobat



Announcement date: 

June 3, 1996

Expected ship date for Apple




/native Power Macintosh;






 3.1, Windows NT,

 Windows 95: 

August 1996.

Expected ship date for SunOS,




 HP-UX, and IBM




September 1996.

Product Description

Adobe Acrobat 3.0 is the fastest way to publish and distribute business documents of any kind on a corporate
Intranet, the World Wide Web, e-mail or CD-ROM. Acrobat includes everything users need—Acrobat

 Acrobat PDF Writer, Acrobat Distiller,


 Acrobat Catalog, the Acrobat Capture

 plug-in, and the

Acrobat Reader—to create and distribute electronic documents that can be searched, hypertext linked, and
even animated with QuickTime


 and AVI movies. Acrobat 3.0 lets users create Portable Document Format

(PDF) files, which can be viewed and browsed seamlessly within the leading Web browsers and even fill in
visually rich interactive PDF forms. And with the Acrobat Capture plug-in, users can instantly scan and OCR
any printed document or TIFF image to PDF.

Key New Features and Benefits

Acrobat 3.0 is Web Ready

Integrated Viewing 

Acrobat 3.0 offers integrated viewing of PDF documents directly within World Wide

Web browsers that support the full Netscape


 API architecture.

Page-on-Demand Access

 Page at a time downloading of PDF files across the Internet ensures fast display of

PDF documents.

Progressive Rendering

 Progressive rendering of PDF pages means that text is rendered first (using a substitute

font if necessary), followed by hypertext links and images. Then any embedded fonts are drawn on-screen
last, ensuring quick viewing of the information.

Optimize Files for the Internet 

The Save As option of Acrobat 3.0 now includes a checkbox for optimizing

PDF files for on-line delivery. Duplicate background objects (text, line art, and images) are combined, which
can significantly reduce file size. Objects in a PDF file are re-ordered for page-on-demand access over the

Batch Optimize

 Users can easily optimize an entire folder—and, optionally, all included subfolders—of PDF

files on a Web server or CD-ROM staging area. They may also choose to delete or create thumbnails during this
batch process.

Cross-Document Links and the Internet

 PDF documents with relative cross-document links now work

unchanged. This means users can create a single collection of hypertext-linked PDF files and publish them
on local drives, network drives, CD-ROM, or a Web server—and the links automatically work in all locations.

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Embedded PDF

 PDF documents may be embedded directly in an HTML page using the HTML <EMBED>

tag. Using the WIDTH and HEIGHT options, users can scale the PDF file. If the PDF file is multiple pages,
only the first page is downloaded. If the user clicks an embedded PDF page, the entire document is opened in
the full browser window, and the Acrobat toolbar is displayed.

Creating PDF Files

Acrobat PDFWriter 3.0

 The Acrobat PDF Writer enables users to easily “print” files created in any applica-

tion in the Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF).

Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel Macros for Windows 95

 New macros for Word and Excel add a

“Create Adobe PDF” option to the File menus of both applications. Choosing the Create Adobe PDF

option automatically switches to the PDF Writer driver, creates the PDF file, and then switches back
to the previously selected printer driver.

ZIP Compression

 PDF Writer 3.0 will perform ZIP or LZW compression for text and line art. ZIP

compression is approximately 20% more efficient than LZW compression for text and line art.

Font Subsets 

With PDF Writer 3.0, users can create subsets of embedded Type 1 and TrueType™

fonts, which include only those characters used in the document, thereby significantly reducing file

Page Setup

 The new page setup user interface of version 3.0 clarifies the specification of custom page

sizes. Also available now is a new screen-oriented page size, which users can choose for documents
intended for on-screen presentation.


 PDF Writer version 3.0 now automatically downsamples color and grayscale images

to 72 dpi and monochrome images to 300 dpi.

Device-Independent Color

 PDF Writer automatically adds device-independent color information to

the PDF file. PDF Writer 3.0 determines color calibration using the current ColorSynch profile for
Macintosh systems and the ICC profile for Windows systems.

Acrobat Distiller 3.0

 Acrobat Distiller 3.0 enables users to convert PostScript® language files into PDF.

Default Page Size

 A new General Options setting enables users to specify the default page size that

should be used by Distiller if the PostScript file does not explicitly state one.

Image Downsampling

 Images are now downsampled exactly to the specified resolution. New options

include downsampling (which averages pixel values for a more accurate result) or subsampling (which
is not as accurate, but is much faster).

Image Compression

 New options for grayscale and color images instruct Acrobat Distiller to auto-

matically determine which compression method to use for an image: lossless or JPEG. Lossless com-
pression (LZW or ZIP) is best suited for screen-capture images, while JPEG compression is more
appropriate for continuous-tone images.

TrueType Fonts

 Distiller now recognizes and supports embedding and subsetting of TrueType fonts

in PostScript files.

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Acrobat Capture Plug-In

Acrobat Capture OCR and Scanning

 Users can easily convert color, grayscale, or black-and-white TIFF

images into small, fully searchable PDF documents using the Acrobat Capture plug-in. Using character,
font, and page recognition, this plug-in processes documents in English, French, German, Italian, Dutch,
Swedish, or Spanish. The Acrobat Capture plug-in does not provide automatic batch processing network
options or the extensive reviewing capabilities available in the full Acrobat Capture 1.01 program.

Import Images to PDF

 Users can convert a wide range of images including TIFF, GIF, PCX, and BMP for-

mats into highly compressed, cross-platform PDF files. No optical character recognition (OCR) is per-
formed during the import process.

Scan Images to PDF

 Users can scan paper documents using TWAIN or ISIS compatible scanners and then

view those documents as PDF images in Acrobat 3.0. Or users can employ the Acrobat link on the Visioneer
PaperPort desktop to quickly create PDF image files from scanned images.

Touch-up Text Editing

 Acrobat 3.0 software’s new text editing tool enables single-line text editing of con-

tent, fonts, point sizes, color, and spacing. This tool can also highlight words that the Acrobat Capture plug-
in marks as “suspect” during optical character recognition (OCR), and it enables easy visual inspection and
editing. Only documents with appropriate security settings may be edited.

Acrobat 3.0 Interactive Features


With Acrobat 3.0, users can create, edit, fill in, and print text fields, multi-line text fields, combo

boxes, list boxes, radio buttons, and checkboxes and buttons, with extensive control over appearance, tab
order, and behavior. They can also define actions on mouse enter/exit and mouse up/down.
Actions can include posting forms data in HTML to the Internet. Forms data can be received from a host
(Web server) to update a form and its appearance dynamically, without having to resend the entire form.

Dynamic Controls

 Within a PDF file, users can create dynamic controls, such as buttons and live areas, that

perform a variety of actions—from navigation to playing movies and sounds—and execute any menu item.
Supported movie formats include QuickTime (Macintosh and Windows) and AVI (Windows only); movie
files are always stored external to the PDF file. Supported sound file types include AIFF and sfil on Macintosh
operating systems and AIFF and WAV on Windows operating systems. Sound files reside within the PDF
file and can be played back on any platform that supports sound.

Enhanced Viewing of PDF Files

Continuous Scrolling

 New Continuous and Continuous Facing Pages modes enable continuous scrolling

between pages. The Continuous Facing Pages mode displays pages as printer spreads. These modes may be
set as a viewer or a document preference.

Calibrated Color

 Acrobat 3.0 automatically adjusts grayscale and color images for the user’s display to

provide visual consistency on different monitors and systems. Color calibration is determined by
ColorSynch on Macintosh systems and ICC profiles on Windows® systems; if neither are present, a default
monitor profile is used.


 Acrobat 3.0 includes a new option to anti-alias (smooth) the display of text and monochrome

images, thereby improving their legibility on-screen.

Cross-Document Links

 Cross-document Go To View links to other PDF files can be opened in the same

window, which eliminates the stacking of multiple windows in the user’s display.

Full-Screen Transitions and Options

 To enable Acrobat to be an effective presentation tool, Acrobat 3.0

offers 19 new default page transitions; background color; options to control mouse/cursor behavior
(Always Visible, Always Hidden, Hide After Delay); advance on click; loop after last page; as well as an
option for disabling the Escape key to exit.


 With optionally installed Japanese kanji fonts included with Acrobat 3.0, all localized versions of

Acrobat 3.0 and Acrobat Reader 3.0 support the display of Japanese documents with double-byte fonts.


 systems require the installation of an Asian language kit from Apple.

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Advanced Options

Acrobat Distiller features new advanced options for:

• Running and files before and after each printing job. Typical applications include

specifying cover pages, watermarks, and more.

• Preserving OPI comments; overprint settings; halftone screen information; preserve/apply/remove transfer

functions; preserve/remove under-color removal; and black-generation functions.

• Automatic color conversions, including options such as Unchanged, Convert to Device Independent Color

Values (more accurate), or Convert to Device Dependent Color Values (faster display).

Automatic Orientation

 Distiller automatically detects landscape-orientated pages.

DSC parsing

 Distiller includes automatic parsing for PDF Author, Title, and Creator fields according to infor-

mation from the PostScript file’s Document Structuring Convention (DSC) comments.

Distiller Assistant

 The Distiller Assistant enables printing directly to Acrobat Distiller 3.0 from any

Macintosh or Windows application, thereby eliminating the two-step process of creating and processing a
PostScript file.

Acrobat 3.0—Miscellaneous Features


 Acrobat version 3.0 offers a single CD-ROM-based Installer for all product components.


 To facilitate the creation of Acrobat bookmarks, the new Bookmark command now uses the

current selected text as the default bookmark text.


 The new Articles option enables a link or a bookmark action to start reading a specific article. In

addition, users can select all text in the article, even if it spans multiple pages.


Adobe Acrobat 3.0

Acrobat includes everything users need—Acrobat Exchange,

 Acrobat PDF Writer, Acrobat Distiller,



Catalog, the Acrobat Capture

 plug-in, and the Acrobat Reader—to create and distribute electronic docu-

ments that can be searched, hypertext linked, and even animated with QuickTime


 and AVI movies.

Macintosh, Windows, and UNIX


 Price: $295 SRP (U.S.)

Upgrade: Registered users can upgrade from Acrobat Exchange 1.0, 2.0, or 2.1 to Acrobat 3.0 for $79.
Registered users can upgrade from Acrobat Pro 2.x to Acrobat 3.0 for $59.

Adobe Acrobat 3.0 Ten Pack

Includes a 10-user license for everything in the Acrobat 3.0 package. Available for Macintosh, Windows, and
UNIX platforms. Price: $1,595 SRP (U.S.)
Upgrade: Registered users can upgrade from Acrobat for Workgroups 2.X to the Acrobat 3.0 Ten Pack for $299.

Adobe Acrobat Reader

Widely distributed for free. Available for Macintosh, Windows, Silicon Graphics



 SunOS, Sun Solaris,

HP-UX, AIX, and OS/2



For more information, visit the Acrobat Web site at

Adobe Systems Incorporated

1585 Charleston Road, P.O. Box 7900
Mountain View, California 94039-7900 USA

Adobe Systems European Headquarters

Adobe House, West One Business Park
5 Mid New Cultins, Edinburgh EH11 4DU
Scotland, United Kingdom

Adobe Systems Japan

Swiss Bank House, 4-1-8 Toranomon
Minato-ku, Tokyo 105 Japan

This brochure was created with Adobe Illustrator software and font software from the Adobe Type Library.

Adobe, the Adobe logo, Acrobat, Acrobat Capture, Acrobat Exchange, Distiller, and PostScript are trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated. Macintosh, Power Macintosh, and
QuickTime are registered trademarks and TrueType is a trademark of Apple Computer, Inc. Microsoft and Windows are registered trademarks and Windows NT is a trademark of
Microsoft, in the U.S. and other countries. IBM, AIX, and OS/2 are registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation. Sun and SunOS are trademars of Sun
Microsystems, Inc. Solaris is a registered trademark of Sun Microsystems, Inc. which has not tested or approved this product. Silicon Graphics and IRIX are registered trademarks of
Silicon Graphics, Inc. UNIX is a registered trademark in the United States and other countries, licensed exclusively through X/Open Company, Ltd. Navigator and Netscape are
trademarks of Netscape Communications, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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