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Adobe buys XML software maker

Publishing software giant Adobe Systems announced Monday that it has acquired Yellow Dragon Software, a small company that specializes in XML tools that will support Adobe's electronic document strategy. Vancouver, British Columbia-based Yellow Dragon makes two products that help business use XML (Extensible Markup Language), the widely spreading standard for exchanging corporate data among disparate computing systems. Terms of the deal for privately held Yellow Dragon were not disclosed.

Adobe will initially focus on the company's XML registry software, which keeps track of the metadata behind XML-based files. Adobe will incorporate the registry software in future server products, said Chris Ethier, senior product manager for Adobe, to provide an integrated way for customers to track XML-enabled documents created in Adobe's Portable Document Format (PDF) and other formats.

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News source: CNET News.com

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