Upgrading to Adobe Acrobat 8 Professional: What’s in it for legal professionals?

By at 26 January, 2007, 8:47 am

Adobe Acrobat 8 Professional promises a number of new and useful tools for legal professionals. According to Adobe’s New Features for Legal Professionals page, features that will be beneficial to lawyers include:

           Permanently remove sensitive information (redaction)

           Metadata removal

           Built-in support for Bates numbering

           Easier, more accurate export to Microsoft Word and other formats

           Enable forms saving in Adobe Reader 8 and auto-recognize form fields

           New, intuitive user interface

           Combine multiple files into one PDF package

           True batch printing

           Support for PDF/A archiving standard

           Archive Lotus Notes e-mail

           Manage shared reviews

           Faster Adobe PDF creation and rendering

           Improved OCR engine

The built-in support for Bates numbering is worth the $159 upgrade price from previous versions just by itself in my own opinion.  From my own use of Acrobat 8 Professional, this new version has a much “cleaner” user interface and on program launch, opens much faster.

A word of caution before you upgrade: do not upgrade to Adobe Acrobat Version 8 Standard: you will not be able to create me numbers, permanently remove sensitive information, create billable forms for use in Adobe Reader 8 and the other items shown in the list of legal features at the top of this post.  For a comparison of the various versions of Adobe Acrobat click here.

For those of you considering this upgrade, or for those of you who've already made this move, the latest Adobe Acrobat Legal Resource Guide contains the links posted below.

These resources include a white paper on Acrobat 8 for lawyers authored by attorney David Masters (author of the ABA Book The Lawyer's Guide to Adobe Acrobat); links to online web seminars and recordings demonstrating the new features (including those specifically for lawyers), and much more.

Free Downloads & Trials

Acrobat 8.0 Professional Trial Download –


Acrobat 7.09 Update for Faster PCL Printing – http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=3566

Adobe Document Center Free Trial – http://www.adobe.com/products/onlineservices/documentcenter/features.html

Acrobat Connect Free Trial –


Acrobat 8.0 Customization Wizard Download – http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=3564

Adobe Reader 8.0 Download –


Adobe Reader 8.0 Enterprise Edition (for Enterprise Deployment) – http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/acrrdistribute.html


Acrobat 8.0 Teaching & Learning Resources – http://www.adobe.com/education/instruction/teach/acrobat.html?tab:acrostdpro=1

Acrobat 8.0 Experience Flash Demo –


Acrobat 8.0: What's New for Legal Professionals OnDemand eSeminar (recording) – http://seminars.adobe.acrobat.com/p17441268/

Acrobat 8.0 For Legal Podcast (20 minutes) –


Acrobat 8.0 for IT (Deployment and Adobe License Manager) – https://admin.adobe.acrobat.com/_a227210/p50379167/

Acrobat Online Legal Events –


Adobe Events in Your Area –



Acrobat 8.0 Enterprise Deployment; Step-By-Step Instructions – http://blogs.adobe.com/acrolaw/2007/01/enterprise_depl.html

Adobe Solutions for Legal Professionals Website –


Acrobat 8.0 Pro – New Features for Legal Professionals – http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/solutions/legal/productinfo/features/index.html

Acrobat 8.0 for Legal Professionals Whitepaper – http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/solutions/pdfs/Acrobat8_foLegalPros.pdf

Acrobat 8.0 Product Family Detailed Comparison Matrix – http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/pdfs/acrobat8_matrix.pdf

Acrobat 8.0 Professional Feature Overview – http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobatpro/pdfs/acrobatpro_overview.pdf

Acrobat 8.0 Professional Datasheet – http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobatpro/pdfs/acrobatpro_datasheet.pdf

Acrobat Connect Resources –



Acrobat for Legal Professionals Blog –


New Adobe Annual Support Plans –


Free Acrobat Support, Tutorials and Forums –


Acrobat Developer Center –


Adobe Support Knowledgebase –



Adobe License Manager –  


Volume Software Licensing Programs –





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