The Adobe Acrobat 7.0 family and accessibility

The Adobe® Acrobat® family — Acrobat 7.0 Professional, Acrobat 7.0 Standard, and Acrobat 7.0 Elements software — includes powerful publishing tools that enable authors to create and optimize accessible Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) files from almost any source document.

Committed partnerships

Through partnerships with leading screen reader companies, such as Dolphin Computer Access, Freedom Scientific, GW Micro, Ai Squared, and IBM. Adobe provides software products and technologies that enable people with blindness or low vision to use mainstream information technology. Acrobat 7.0 supports Microsoft Active Accessibility (MSAA), a standard that enables Windows® based programs to easily deliver information to assistive technologies.

Acrobat 7.0 products integrate with a broad range of assistive technologies, including:

  • Windows based MSAA-compliant screen readers
  • Screen magnification software
  • OCR/scanning software
  • Voice recognition software

The features and enhancements in Acrobat 7.0 enable content authors to make information more easily available to people with a broad range of disabilities — across multiple platforms and languages, including Japanese.

Acrobat 7.0 products

Products in the Acrobat 7.0 family offer different levels of functionality to address specific customer needs. All provide the features contained in Adobe Reader® 7.0 software plus powerful publishing tools that simplify the process of optimizing Adobe PDF files for accessibility, saving you time and improving the quality of your documents.

Acrobat 7.0 Elements

Create Adobe PDF documents from any application that prints with Acrobat 7.0 Elements. You can automatically tag Adobe PDF files for accessibility that you create with one-button ease from Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Acrobat Elements is a volume license product, available for Windows operating systems.

Acrobat 7.0 Standard

Acrobat 7.0 Standard enables easy creation, exchange, review, and approval of accessible Adobe PDF files. It includes all of the features available with Acrobat Elements, plus you can:

  • Convert existing PDF documents including—complex structures such as tables to tagged—Adobe PDF files
  • Make document content accessible to screen readers while still preventing copy and paste
  • Export text from PDF files to text (.txt) format, Rich Text Format (.rtf), XML, HTML, and Word (.doc)
  • Reduce the size of tagged PDF files for faster downloads
  • Create tagged Adobe PDF files within Microsoft Office 2000 and Office XP
  • Add text to scanned pages for improved accessibility

Acrobat 7.0 Professional

Acrobat 7.0 Professional includes all the features available with Acrobat 7.0 Standard as well as expert tools that help document authors optimize Adobe PDF documents and forms for accessibility. With Acrobat 7.0 Professional, you can also:

  • Create and optimize accessible PDF forms
  • Check and touch up documents for accessibility
  • Review and modify the reflow order of objects on a page

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