Information Today
Volume 19, Issue 11 December 2002
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Adobe Launches New Network Publishing Solutions

Adobe Systems, Inc. has announced the release of the Adobe Document Server and Adobe Document Server for Reader Extensions. These products are part of the company's new line of server-based solutions designed to automate the document-intensive processes that companies rely on to run their businesses.Aimed at closing the gap between enterprise systems and traditional documents—such as forms, contracts, customized reports, and invoices—the new Adobe network publishing solutions focus on improving document generation, collaboration, and process management throughout the enterprise.

Adobe Document Server

The Adobe Document Server enables enterprise customers to automatically generate and customize Adobe PDF files and forms. The software is built on Adobe application document and imaging libraries, including PDF, Acrobat Distiller, FrameMaker, Photoshop, and Illustrator. Organizations can create document and form templates in these formats. Adobe Document Server then dynamically generates new PDF documents.

Adobe Document Server uses open architecture for integration with existing enterprise resource planning and customer relationship management systems, content management systems, document management systems, and industry-standard databases. The server software lets companies automate document creation and assembly for technical manuals, brochures, proposals, and policies. Users can also create custom electronic forms with pre-populated fields and produce business reports that contain charts and graphs dynamically generated from the information in a database.

Server for Reader Extensions

The Adobe Document Server for Reader Extensions leverages the free Acrobat Reader to provide a way for businesses and government agencies to interact directly with customers, partners, and citizens. It enables organizations to securely capture information by allowing individuals to fill in, save, and submit electronic forms online using the new release of the free Adobe Acrobat Reader. The new version 5.1 includes support for digital signatures, file attachments, e-mail options, and more.

Adobe Document Server pricing starts at $20,000 per CPU. Adobe Document Server for Reader Extensions pricing begins at $75,000. Both products are expected to be available by the end of this year. The new release of Acrobat Reader can be downloaded for free at http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep.html.

Source: Adobe Systems, Inc., San Jose, CA, 408/536-6000; http://www.adobe.com.

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