Acrobat.com Presentations is a new Adobe online service that allows users to create presentations online. The service was build with Flash which is the only other requirement next to an Adobe account.
Update: Acrobat.com redirects to the Adobe Acrobat Document Cloud nowadays. It is a business solution that includes Adobe Acrobat DC, Adobe Sign, and access to mobile applications.
The main focus of Presentations is work collaboration as it makes it possible to work with multiple contributors on the same presentation. The usual workflow in many companies is that one person works on a presentation at a time and saves that presentation on a shared folder or sends it to the next person as an email attachment so that the next contributor can start working on it.
Multiple users can work on the same document simultaneously. It is for example possible that one user works on the text of a slide while a designer works on the layout and graphics.
Several build in themes and layouts are available with the option to create new themes to incorporate corporate design for example.
Editing features offer the usual assortment of text and list controls, shapes and images that can be used to create the presentation. It is possible to preview the presentation as a slideshow directly on the site or export it as a pdf document.
There is unfortunately no support for importing or exporting Microsoft PowerPoint documents yet which is probably the number one feature that would make the Presentations service more attractive to users and businesses.
Acrobat.com Presentations is an interesting service for users who want to create presentations with colleagues or friends who do not mind that the presentations can only be exported as pdf documents.
Update: The service is out of its trial phase and now fully available on the Acrobat website. It allows registered users to create and combine pdf files online, convert pdf documents to Word, Excel or RTF, sign contracts online, create web forms, collaborate or send large files easily.
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