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
documentssuch as forms, contracts, customized reports, and
invoicesthe 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
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.