First Look: Adobe Central Pro Output Server
Extend business information to create sophisticated documents, customized for target audiences

By Adobe
21 October 2002

Adobe Central Pro Output Server is an essential tool for generating professional-looking, high-quality documents from existing legacy, enterprise resource planning (ERP), customer relationship management (CRM), or line-of-business applications. Central Pro Output Server is an XML-based solution that creates business documents quickly and easily, regardless of the application software producing the data. With Central Pro Output Server, organizations can generate documents that maintain their professional image and better communicate with customers, partners, and suppliers.

Transform Business Information into Effective Documents In many cases, invoices, purchase orders, contracts, and shipping documents are an organization's only touchpoint with customers, business partners, and other key audiences. Adobe Central Pro Output Server ensures that business documents clearly convey valuable information and reinforce an organization's image.

Adobe Output Designer, a graphical template design and development tool used with Central Pro Output Server, enables organizations to easily create complex electronic documents that replicate existing paper documents. This easy-to-use tool eliminates the need for custom programming and the cost of maintaining inventories of preprinted forms.

Dynamic, Personalized Document Generation

Adobe Central Pro Output Server helps improve service and increase customer retention by giving customers easy-to-understand, professional documents in their preferred format.

Dynamic documents-The dynamic document feature in Adobe Central Pro Output Server allows application data to control the look and feel of each document. Invoices, statements, and other documents grow or shrink to accommodate the number of line items the application data generates and can include calculations such as subtotals or currency conversions. Using stored customer information, Central Pro Output Server can include personalized messages in documents, promoting successful upselling and cross-selling.

Powerful, flexible output-By merging application data with electronic document templates, Adobe Central Pro Output Server can generate multiple documents from a single data stream. Organizations can provide customers with personalized documents such as invoices, packing slips, loan documents, statements, and checks in the format they prefer-Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF), print, fax, email, or Web.

Enhanced Corporate Image

Adobe Central Pro Output Server helps organizations enhance their corporate image, increase control over documents, and improve consistency of communications with customers, partners, and suppliers.

Professional-quality documents-Using Adobe Central Pro Output Server, organizations can create effective, well-formatted, easy-to-understand documents that strengthen customer and partner relationships.

Extensive document options-Adobe Central Pro Output Server supports numerous document options including graphics, boxes, logos, watermarks, flexible field placement, font control, bar codes, rotated text, and calculated fields.

Lower Costs

With Adobe Central Pro Output Server, organizations can reduce the staffing and inventory costs associated with document creation and management.

Reduced programming-Use the graphical, intuitive Adobe Output Designer to design and maintain multipage or multipart documents. Customize documents with company logos, complex graphics, and bar codes, without programming skills. Make document changes in minutes-not hours or days-saving time and money.

Decreased inventory-Eliminate the printing, storage, obsolescence, and administrative costs associated with maintaining inventories of preprinted forms. Adobe Central Pro Output Server lets you generate up-todate documents on an as-needed basis.

Support for Global Business Requirements

Worldwide document delivery-In a global, competitive business environment, documents must be created and delivered worldwide. Adobe Central Pro Output Server generates documents in English, French, German, Swedish, Spanish, Italian, Finnish, Norwegian, Danish, Portuguese, Czech, Polish, Hungarian, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean, and Japanese. Central Pro Output Server also supports multiple currencies, allowing organizations to generate dual-currency documents without changing line-of business applications.

Efficient Document Output and Archiving

Optimal printing efficiency-Adobe Central Pro Output Server and Adobe Output Management System work together to manage the document generation and printing process, saving organizations time and money. Adobe Output Management System allows organizations to maximize their use of printing resources. It guarantees that documents are printed and provides tools to address print errors through job management and reprint capabilities.

Easy archiving and management of documents-EASY Archive, available from Adobe, enables organizations to archive documents in Adobe PDF, saving a significant amount of space, time, and money. Documents are archived automatically and can be retrieved using full-text search. EASY Archive supports secure document access from the Internet or intranet.


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