Adobe upgrades Acrobat and adopts XML

SOFTWARE FIRM Adobe has released a veritable blizzard of press releases announcing a mass of new products and protocol support. The firm said that it has introduced an XML architecture for document creation which will still support its popular Portable Document Format (PDF). The firm said that XML will be used in both client and server Adobe products. It said standard XML tools will work with W3C standards and Adobe claimed it will release a product for designing XML/PDF templates and forms.

Acrobat 6 is announced today but won't be available until the end of May. The firm said that better tools in the software include advanced viewing, output preview and colour separation features. The product can also embed reports for printers when PDFs are being used for these types of jobs. Adobe will also release a free Adobe Reader 6.0 at the end of May. The Professional version for Mac, NT, XP and W2K won't ship until the end of May and are likely to cost $450. The firm has an upgrade scheme. Adobe also said that it now supports IBM DB2 content manager

News source: The Inq

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