XML presses the publishing business

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XML presses the publishing business

Adobe Systems will join an army of software vendors that are using XML to transform the way documents are published and aimed at lowering publishing costs.

The company will begin shipping Adobe FrameMaker Version 7.0, the latest release of its software for creating content once and publishing it to a variety of media, a process called multichannel publishing.

From a single user interface similar to that of a word processor, Adobe FrameMaker enables users to create content, such as a user manual or sales documentation, and publish it for use in a variety of settings, including the Web, handheld devices and print.

A new feature in the latest version is the ability to create content in XML.

When authoring content in XML, "you are able to store content in a media-neutral format and apply business rules to that content," said JoAnne Buckner, senior product manager with Adobe's FrameMaker team. Those business rules determine how and where content can be used or distributed. When content is created in XML, it can be easily reused in a number of popular formats.

In addition to XML, FrameMaker can output content as an Adobe PDF file, in HTML for display on a Web site, or in a format that can be displayed on an e-book reader or handheld device.

A longtime player in the market, Arbortext makes another competing product, Epic Editor.

Adobe FrameMaker Version 7.0 is available for $799 (£558).

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