Information Today
Volume 18, Issue 9 October 2001
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Adobe Releases Acrobat Approval 5.0

Adobe Systems, Inc. has announced the availability of Adobe Acrobat Approval 5.0, a new member of the Acrobat product family that allows corporate customers, government agencies, and solution providers to deploy cost-effective electronic forms solutions based on the Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF). Acrobat Approval 5.0 enables users to fill in, spell check, digitally sign, save, and submit eForms that have been created using this software.

With Acrobat Approval 5.0, customers can deploy eForms created using Acrobat 5.0 to small work groups or tens of thousands of employees located around the world. Using a solution based on Acrobat 5.0 and Acrobat Approval 5.0, and leveraging Adobe PDF, customers can ensure the accuracy of forms data by automating data calculations and rule validations, retain the familiar look and feel of paper-based forms, increase the security and confidentiality of employee information, and reduce administrative and materials costs.

"With Acrobat 5.0 and Adobe PDF, we're building an open, end-to-end solution for trade processing that adheres to international rules and approved banking practices," said Jacob Katsman, CEO of CCEWeb, a Canadian-based company that provides services to financial institutions involved in international merchandise trade. "Now with Acrobat Approval 5.0, our clients will have the ability to fill in and save forms, apply their digital signatures, and conveniently submit them from within a Web browser, no matter where they're located around the world."

Using Acrobat Approval 5.0, employees can fill in Adobe PDF forms inside or outside a Web browser using a familiar software user interface, spell check the information typed into form fields to avoid spelling errors, apply a digital signature to ensure authenticity, save forms locally for off-line work, and ultimately submit forms data to a back-end database for routing and processing in a number of formats, including XML.

Source: Adobe Systems, Inc., San Jose, CA, 800/272-3623; http://www.adobe.com.

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