|Adobe Systems, Inc. made several product and technology announcements
at the Seybold San Francisco 2001 show that support the company's plan
to deliver visually rich, personalized content to anyone, anywhere, on
any device. The company announced the release of Adobe InDesign 2.0, Adobe
Illustrator 10, Adobe AlterCast, XMP (eXtensible Metadata Platform), AdobeAcrobat
Reader for Pocket PC, and Adobe Studio Web Site.
"In the past year, Adobe and its partners have been fueling the network
publishing evolution by turning a compelling vision into reality," said
Bruce Chizen, Adobe's president and CEO. "We are at the forefront of this
category, and our newly announced Web, cross-media, collaboration, and
imaging products, along with new and extended partnerships, are shaping
the way that customers create, manage, and deliver content."
Adobe InDesign 2.0 helps to solve customer layout and design problems,
delivering the cross-media tools to manage current and future publishing.
Adobe Illustrator 10 is a vector graphics tool for cross-media design professionals,
Web designers, and Web developers for publishing artwork.
Adobe AlterCast is new dynamic imaging server software that allows Web
publishers to automatically generate and re-purpose images and graphics
within existing content-management and e-commerce solutions, enabling the
efficient creation of visually rich Web sites. AlterCast is built on Adobe
Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator technology, and it supports industry-standard
image file formats. By supporting open standards and APIs, AlterCast software
integrates into existing Web or print publishing work flows, such as industry-standard
databases, leading content, and asset management systems. The product is
expected to ship at the beginning of next year in North America only.
XMP provides Adobe applications and partners with a common metadata
framework that standardizes the creation, processing, and interchange of
document metadata across publishing work flows. It will eventually be incorporated
into all Adobe products and is available for developers via a software
development kit (SDK).
According to the announcement, Adobe has won support for XMP from such
companies as Artesia Technologies, Documentum, Getty Images, IBM, Interwoven,
Kodak, KPMG Consulting, Inc., and Xerox Corp. It also incorporates many
World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) standards. W3C produces the technologies
that serve as the foundations for Web architecture, including XML, Resource
Description Framework (the foundation for metadata on the Web), and Semantic
The Acrobat Reader for Pocket PC gives mobile business professionals
the flexibility to view content in Adobe PDF on devices based on Microsoft's
Pocket PC software. A beta version of the product is available for download
free of charge from the Adobe Web site at http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/ppcbetareg.html.
The Adobe Studio Web Site provides a network publishing solution for
creative professionals. The site has two main areas: Adobe DesignTeam,
a subscription-based collaboration service that is now in public beta,
and a free community area that offers a wide range of design-related content.
Source: Adobe Systems, Inc., San Jose, CA, 800/833-6687, 408/536-6000;