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Yesterday, Adobe announced Acrobat 9, a major upgrade to the popular cross-platform and cross-media publishing tool.

Acrobat 9 provides deeper support than previous versions for Adobe Flash technology, allowing authors to incorporate Flash movie and Flash video files within PDF documents. End users need nothing more than a copy of the free Adobe Reader application to view these multimedia documents.

For Acrobat 9, Adobe has improved the former PDF Package feature to accommodate multiple file types. Using the new PDF Portfolio feature, authors can combine document files together with video, audio, and 3D files into a single entity.

Along with Acrobat 9, Adobe is announcing Acrobat.com—an online service that allows Acrobat users to work on PDF documents collaboratively. Acrobat.com also provides space for Acrobat 9 to host and share files, to gather comments for PDF review, and to collect forms data.

The Acrobat 9 family of products includes Acrobat 9 Standard, Acrobat 9 Pro, and Acrobat 9 Pro Extended, all for Windows. Only Acrobat 9 Pro will be available for Macintosh.

Adobe expects the new programs to be available in July of 2008.