Adobe Systems (NASDAQ:ADBE) has unveiled a suite of Web-based hosted services available as public beta for free signup. Acrobat.com will offer communication, productivity, and collaboration tools.

The hosted services will include Adobe Buzzword, a Web-based word processor; ConnectNow, a personal Web conferencing service with integrated chat; centralized online file sharing with access controls, online PDF conversion for up to five documents, and support for high quality, Web-embeddable documents; and developer application programmer interfaces for real-time collaboration, file sharing and conversion.

"Fifteen years ago, PDF moved the world from paper to electronic documents without sacrificing print quality, changing the way we share information," Rob Tarkoff, senior vice president at Adobe's business productivity unit. "Acrobat.com extends that vision, moving the world from e-mail attachments to online collaborative documents without sacrificing authoring quality."