Abode Embeds Flash Video Into Acrobat 9

Adobe Systems Inc. launched a new version of its document-sharing software Acrobat on Monday, and this time it can package videos.

Acrobat allows users to package documents so they can be read across different hardware and operating systems.

Acrobat 9 comes with Adobe's video-enabling software Flash.

Users can include Flash-based videos when they create and share documents with the portable document format, commonly known as PDF.

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With a professional version of Acrobat 9, for example, users could package a Power Point presentation not just with images, but also with an audio of the presenter's voice.

"You can now send someone a presentation that speaks on its own all through a PDF," said Adobe spokesman Kevin M. Lynch, who is not related to the company's chief technology officer with the same name.

Adobe also launched Acrobat.com, which will host Web-based software services to support document creation and sharing.

The San Jose-based software maker hasn't launched a new version of Acrobat since November 2006, almost a year after it purchased Macromedia Inc., the creator of Flash software.

Users have expected to see Flash integrated into Acrobat since that purchase, Lynch said.