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Ubiquitous PDF: Stampit Web offers Reader-ready "stamps" from Deutsche Post, Adobe

February 18, 2005

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Deutsche Post and Adobe Systems are collaborating on a forthcoming "PC franking" service in Germany called Stampit Web that will harness the capability of Adobe's LiveCycle Server technology "to generate so-called intelligent PDF documents, turning the printing of pre-paid 'stamps' by Adobe Reader 6.02 or 7.0 into a secure process." The postage can be printed and affixed to an envelope.

Stampit Web will complement currently available PC-franking software solutions from Deutsche Post -- Stampit Home and Stampit Business -- already installed on more than 70,000 PCs. According to the recent Deutsche Post announcement, Stampit Web will make direct PC franking possible without users having to install specialized software; the only requirements are an Internet browser and the free Adobe Reader.

Deutsche Post has signed an agreement to cooperate with Adobe on the Internet postage project. Initially, the basic functions will be available through eBay Germany's Web marketplace. After a successful auction, sellers can frank their letters and small parcels directly using Stampit Web. The service and scope of the product will be expanded in the months ahead and a dedicated Web site will be provided for franking items.

Deutschepost Stampit Postmark Users can register online, and after activating an account, can frank their items directly online from their PC (payments are debited from a bank account). For customers already using Stampit Home or Stampit Business, the new service is available free with their existing account.

"Stampit Web is an innovative solution and a good example of how our technology for intelligent PDF documents can be used to create customer-friendly business models via the Internet," says Fritz Fleischmann, head of Adobe Systems GmbH and Managing Director for Central Europe.

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