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I've been using Adobe Acrobat for many years - basically couldn't live without it since I deliver 99% of my work to clients in PDF format. Version 5 has been great - stable, fast, does the job. Every time a new version is released I try it out. Version 6 was horrid and a crash-fest. Version 7 was a bit better, but slow and bloated. Version 8 was OK, but did not see a compelling reason to change from v5. Version 9 is the first time I've been willing to shell out more bucks. After a using it for about a month, I'm very happy I did.
One of my main uses for Adobe is creating PDF forms. Version 9 is the first time that you can set up a form that can be saved to disk by a user, provided he/she is using version 8 or above of the reader. Finally!! Granted, this feature should have been implemented years ago, but appreciate that it is finally here. The form wizard actually works in this version - saves lots of time in setup.
Creating PDFs is speedy and works well from every application I've used (WordPerfect, Word, Excel, several others). I always use the Distiller to create a PDF - print to disk as a PS file, then run it through the Distiller. Takes one extra step (versus using the create PDF button that is enabled in some apps) but it works 100% of the time, and allows you to tweak how the PDF is created.
I'm a bit miffed that I did not qualify for the upgrade price - you need version 6 or later, and I'm using 5. I think some type of discount should have been offered, or at least a free training book.
Installation is straightforward. Be sure to remove Version 5 from your PC before you install version 9. It should do it for you, but the process runs best if you remove it first, then do a clean install of v9.
So far no crashes or conflicts with other apps. Running it on a dual core PC under XP (SP3) and 2GB RAM. Not as speedy to load as version 5, but nearly as fast (and MUCH better than previous versions). Very nice update to the user interface - easy to find everything if you're familiar with older versions.
I went with the Standard version. The Pro and Pro plus (or whatever they call it) have more functions, but none that are important to the type of work I do. There's a good feature matrix on the Adobe site that explains the differences.
My main complaint is the price. At this price point, they should include one of their training guides, rather than ask you to shell out another $40 for a manual. Also, limiting the upgrade discount to just the most recent versions is a bit stingy on their part. But it works well, and for me, has already paid for itself. 4.5 stars!