Adobe announces raft of new releases

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Adobe announces raft of new releases

Adobe Systems unveiled a host of new software applications and upgrades as well as industry partnerships at the start of the Seybold Conference and Expo in San Francisco.

The releases included Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.0 for the Pocket PC, a line of Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs) that run Microsoft's operating system for handheld devices.

The new version of the Acrobat Reader, available now in beta version, resizes PDF documents to fit on a small screen and allows Pocket PC users to read, navigate and search documents. The beta version runs on Hewlett-Packard's Jornada, Compaq's iPAQ and Casio's Cassiopeia. Adobe has already released a version of the software to run on Palm's operating system.

Adobe announced on 24 September that Acrobat 5.0, PageMaker 7.0 and the newly released InDesign 2.0 software products will allow users to create PDF documents specifically for Pocket PC devices. PDF files created in those applications will be automatically tagged with information regarding how those documents will appear on PDAs.

Adobe also announced new releases of its design software and tools, including the aforementioned InDesign 2.0 as well as Adobe Illustrator 10 and Adobe AlterCast - imaging server software that automates the manual task of creating, updating and reformatting images for the Web.

Adobe Illustrator 10 and InDesign 2.0 will be the first major applications from Adobe that will run native on Apple's Mac OS X 10.1 operating system, according to a company statement.

Adobe Illustrator 10 will be available in the US and Canada in late 2001 for $399 (£273) in a full version and $149 for an upgrade. Adobe InDesign 2.0 will be available in the US and Canada in the first quarter of 2002. A full version of the software will cost $699 (£477), while an upgrade will cost $99 for the first 90 days and $149 thereafter.

InDesign will feature support for importing and exporting XML files.

Adobe will team up with industry partners to make its software more widely available. Three makers of server software said they would incorporate the Adobe AlterCast server software into their products.

PictureIQ plans to release a server appliance incorporating Adobe AlterCast, which is due out in the first half of 2002. The server appliance will power the updating and restructuring of graphical content on Web sites. Documentum plans to integrate Adobe AlterCast with its Documentum 4i Web Content Management software. Interwoven plans to integrate Adobe AlterCast with its TeamSite software for managing Web content.

Adobe said it will ship its AlterCast server software in the beginning of 2002 in the US only. Software pricing will depend on the number of implemenations. For example, a single-CPU system will cost an estimated $7,500 (£5,000), while a large enterprise implementation could cost as much as $60,000.

More announcements are expected from Adobe at the Seybold Conference. Bruce Chizen, the company's president and chief executive officer, is scheduled to give an afternoon keynote address on 25 September. His presentation will follow the day's first keynote by Apple executives Phil Schiller and Steve Jobs.

Further information
Free download of beta version of Acrobat Reader for Pocket PC: www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/ppcbetareg.html

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