Adobe takes Acrobat Elements to the server

Adobe Systems has announced Acrobat Elements Server 6.0, a product aimed at enterprises that removes the need for desktop...

Adobe Systems has announced Acrobat Elements Server 6.0, a product aimed at enterprises which removes the need for desktop software to create PDF files.

Acrobat Elements Server 6.0 follows the introduction of Acrobat Elements 6.0 for desktops in April. Both products aim to offer businesses a simple tool to convert documents into PDF files.

Adobe Elements products support encryption and password protection on PDF files.

The software, however, lacks features such as review-management and commenting tools or the ability to combine documents from multiple applications into a single PDF file. These are available in Acrobat 6 Standard and Professional.

Adobe will add the server product for those companies that do not want to install software on users' computers.

"IT managers came to us and said they did not want to install the product on the desktop," said Jonathan Knowles, worldwide evangelist at Adobe.

The desktop product allows users to convert files in several popular formats by dragging and dropping them on an icon. When working from a Microsoft Office application, they can convert files with one click.

Acrobat Elements Server supports different ways in which IT administrators can allow users to convert a file into PDF. It offers a converter in a web browser, can receive files through e-mail and can be associated with network folders and convert files saved to that folder.

Administrators can preset settings, such as encryption and quality, for the PDF file output for different e-mail aliases or network folders and offer options on the web interface.

Buyers as well as other software makers can also link their own applications to the Acrobat Elements server by programming to the API (application programming interface).

Acrobat Elements Server 6.0 costs $28 per user with a 1,000-user minimum. It can also be purchased on a per-server licence for $22,500 per server. The per-user licence allows for installation on multiple servers.

The first release of the product is scheduled for 26 November.

Joris Evers writes for IDG News Service

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