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Adobe Introduces Acrobat Elements

Adobe Introduces Acrobat Elements Server for Enterprise-wide PDF Creation

New Software Joins Acrobat Elements Desktop to Provide Affordable Adobe PDF Creation Capabilities

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Nov. 17, 2003

— Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today introduced Adobe® Acrobat® Elements Server, new software that provides customers greater control over the deployment and maintenance of Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) generation across the enterprise. The product joins the company’s comprehensive line of Adobe PDF creation applications, including Acrobat Elements 6.0 desktop software. Now, organizations have the flexibility to offer PDF generation via the desktop or server, based on specific IT and document process needs.

Using Acrobat Elements Server, IT managers can centrally deploy PDF creation capabilities across a company without the need to manage additional client software on the desktop. Through a selection of user interfaces—the Web for uploading documents, email aliases for sending attachments, or watched folders for drag-and-drop submissions—the product enables Adobe PDF conversion from a variety of common file types. Using the Web services API, Acrobat Elements Server also can be integrated into more complex document creation and assembly workflows driven by enterprise content management systems.

“Enterprise document automation requires document services, such as document generation, to be centrally managed, yet easily accessed by end users and customized by IT managers and enterprise systems,” said Tim Hickernell, vice president, META Group. “Server-based document creation decreases deployment and support costs and optimizes document generation performance.”

Regardless of deployment method, Acrobat Elements Server provides IT administrators the flexibility and power to control the nature of PDF files generated by certain departments, or the entire company, to ensure they meet specific document generation requirements. For example, a finance department may need 128-bit encryption placed on all PDF files or a marketing communications workgroup might require press-ready PDF documents. In each case, Acrobat Elements Server can be configured to automatically deliver the desired result and help maximize productivity.