|Adobe Systems, Inc. has announced the release of Adobe FrameMaker 7.0,
the latest version of its enterprise authoring and publishing solution.
FrameMaker 7.0 allows corporations to use XML to search, share, and re-purpose
content across the enterprise. Adobe also announced the release of the
new Adobe FrameMaker Server, a tool that lets companies produce personalized,
data-driven content for output to print or Adobe PDF.
FrameMaker 7.0 combines the product's word-processing functionality
for long documents with FrameMaker +SGML's full set of tools for structured
authoring of valid SGML applications. Users can choose to work in the structured
environment to address single-source information publishing needs and create
valid XML files, or select a simpler interface to create well-formed XML
files for general word-processing use.
FrameMaker allows corporate users to create, edit, and import valid
XML content in full WYSIWYG mode with real-time validation and context-sensitive
guided authoring. Once valid, the XML content can be searched, shared,
and re-purposed across the enterprise, integrating disparate systems and
processes. For users new to XML, FrameMaker provides starter templates
that enable them to work with industry-standard xDocBook and xHTML DTDs.
They can map XML elements to tables, graphics, footnotes, cross-references,
and index markers.
Through the use of templates, FrameMaker 7.0 enables users to publish
a single-source document to multiple channels, including print, Adobe PDF,
the Web, e-books, PDAs, and more. The included WebWorks Publisher Standard
Edition 7.0 software from Quadralay provides features for publishing to
HTML, Palm Reader, and other hand-held formats. Support for Scalable Vector
Graphics allows the integration of high-quality, interactive vector graphics
for Web publishing. FrameMaker also supports Adobe's XMP (eXtensible Metadata
Platform) and WebDav (World Wide Web Distributed Authoring and Versioning),
which streamlines document collaboration and content sharing. XMP gives
Adobe applications a common framework that standardizes the exchange of
metadata across publishing work flows.
According to the announcement, FrameMaker 7.0 enables users to easily
publish XML documents in Adobe PDF and print, unlike other XML-based solutions.
FrameMaker also outputs tagged Adobe PDF, which means documents created
with the application can be viewed on mobile devices like PDAs. Tagged
Adobe PDF files are also accessible to people with visual disabilities
because they can be read appropriately by screen-reader software applications
that synthesize text to speech.
Adobe's new FrameMaker Server software allows companies to extract
existing content housed in databases, document management systems, and
XML repositories to be manipulated in FrameMaker. The Frame Development
Kit provides a comprehensive way to integrate FrameMaker with server-based
systems such as Web applications and legacy mainframes. FrameMaker Server
handles text and graphics in a variety of formats with multi-language support.
Adobe FrameMaker 7.0 and FrameMaker Server will be available in the
second quarter of this year to customers in the U.S., Europe, and Canada
through Adobe Authorized Resellers and the Adobe Store at http://www.adobe.com.
The estimated street price for the FrameMaker 7.0 desktop version will
be $799 for the full product with a special 90-day upgrade offer of $209
($349 thereafter). The estimated street price for FrameMaker Server will
be $7,999. For more information about new features and upgrade policies
for Adobe FrameMaker, visit http://www.adobe.com/products/framemaker.
Source: Adobe Systems, Inc., San Jose, CA, 800/833-6687, 408/536-6000;