Adobe takes services out of beta

By on June 15, 2009, 1:45 PM
Following a year-long test period, Adobe has decided to move its online productivity and collaboration services out of beta and introduced two paid subscription offerings targeted at business users. Among the products in Acrobat.comís suite are Buzzword, an online word processor; ConnectNow, a web meeting program that enables screen sharing, chat and video among users; and Share, a file sharing program that lets users access files through a URL instead of an email attachment.

The service will retain its free version, but there are now usage limitations on certain features which can be unlocked by upgrading to either a Premium Basic ($14.99 per month or $149 per year) or Premium Plus ($39 per month or $390 per year) plan. Thatís considerably more expensive than Google Apps, which packages services like Gmail and Google Docs together for $50 per user per year, but Adobe hopes to differentiate itself by offering web meetings and the ability to create documents in the PDF format.

Along with the move to paid accounts, is getting a new collaborative app called Tables that handles basic spreadsheets, and in the next 12 months the company plans to offer Acrobat.comís services on BlackBerry, iPhone, Nokia and Windows Mobile smartphones.

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yukka, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Adobe have recently annoyed alot of users. Just do a search for Adobe Acrobat 9 Roaming Profile Issues and you can see that it took nearly year for them to release a patch that allowed enterprises to use version 9 with roaming profiles without removing UNC paths from the registry, and it was only fixed because they had to release a security update (version 9.1) which accidentally fixed the roaming profile issue but even now says that it isnt supported. The error was a runtime C error that crashed the program on startup every time.

Trust their cloud services? It will take a while if ever to win back this users trust.

tengeta tengeta said:

I wish PDF would die.

Per Hansson Per Hansson, TS Server Guru, said:

So this means it's no longer a big bloated piece of *** app that takes up half a gig RAM to display a PDF? Oh, it's not

Moving on

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