PR: Adobe Ships Server Products to Automate Document Processes in the Enterprise
Based on Adobe Acrobat and Adobe PDF, new server products enable organizations to reduce document production costs

2 December 2002

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Adobe Systems Incorporated, the leader in network publishing, today announced the immediate availability of its new server products designed to fully automate document and forms processes that companies rely on to run their businesses. Adobe Document Server and Adobe Document Server for Reader Extensions enable companies to integrate enterprise applications with document workflows throughout an organization, improving document generation, collaboration and process management across the enterprise.

"Organizations rely on concise documents to communicate business critical information to their constituents, customers and partners, but the inefficiencies associated with creating high-value business documents are costly and error prone," said Ivan Koon, senior vice president of ePaper at Adobe. "The Adobe Document Server products enable dynamic creation of highly secure and personalized documents, reducing costs to a fraction of traditional manual processes."

Adobe Document Server and Document Server for Reader Extensions utilize Adobe Acrobat® and Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) technologies to address the growing need for global enterprises and government agencies to extend their business processes. The server products, combined with nearly half-a-billion copies of the free Acrobat Reader distributed by Adobe, give companies a platform to collaborate with their customers and partners via secured documents in on-line and off-line environments.

Adobe Document Server lets customers dynamically assemble customized Adobe PDF files from a variety of data sources to create documents such as technical manuals, electronic forms, contracts, business reports and invoices. The software enables enterprises to tap into existing ERP, CRM and CMS systems, document management systems, and industry-standard databases to instantly generate custom one-to-one business communications in PDF. Adobe Document Server also accepts XML commands, and supports Extensible Style Language Formatting Objects (XSL-FO), an industry standard for describing how an XML document should be formatted for a variety of media.

Adobe Document Server for Reader Extensions offers businesses and government agencies the ability to assign usage rights to Adobe PDF documents and forms. Once these rights have been assigned, users of the free Adobe Acrobat Reader version 5.1 software will be able to save, fill and route PDF forms, add electronic sticky notes for comments or questions, and digitally sign completed forms. These features were previously available only with the full Adobe Acrobat 5.0 software. Companies and government agencies can then easily integrate completed Adobe PDF forms and data in XML with back-end systems for round-trip transactional workflows.

Pricing and Availability

Adobe server products are available direct from Adobe, through Adobe-authorized corporate licensing centers and authorized VARs and System Integrators. Adobe Document Server pricing starts at US$20,000 per CPU. More information on licensing and pricing is available.

Acrobat Reader 5.1 is available free-of-charge in English for Windows® 98 Second Edition, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows NT 4.0 with Service Pack 5 or 6, Windows 2000, Windows XP Professional and Home, and Mac OS 9.1 and 10.1.


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