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New Version of Adobe FrameMaker Extends Powerful XML Capabilities

Date: Mon, 01 Dec 2003 08:15:45 -0500 (EST) 
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( BW)(CA-ADOBE-SYSTEMS)(ADBE) New Version of Adobe FrameMaker Extends
Powerful XML Capabilities

    Business Editors/High-Tech Writers

    SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 1, 2003--

    Upgrade Includes New Migration, Import Features and Support for
       Popular Graphics Formats to Capitalize on Existing Assets

    Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced Adobe(R)
FrameMaker(R) 7.1, an upgrade to its award winning, enterprise-class
authoring and publishing solution. FrameMaker combines the simplicity
of word processing with the power of Extensible Markup Language (XML),
making it easier to repurpose content and publish to multiple
channels, including print, Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) and
the Web.
    FrameMaker 7.1 includes new features for cross-referencing between
documents and allows multiple variations of a document to be stored as
a single file. With FrameMaker 7.1 users can now migrate legacy
technical documents and assets from Quark XPress and Adobe
PageMaker(R) formats, while expanded support for popular graphics file
formats means Adobe Photoshop(R) files can be imported directly into
FrameMaker, saving valuable time.

    Making XML Easier to Use

    FrameMaker gives corporate users the ability to easily create,
edit and import valid XML content in full WYSIWYG (What You See Is
What You Get) mode when authoring documents. FrameMaker 7.1 introduces
conditional text support for XML to allow multiple variations of an
XML document to be stored in a single file. This greatly streamlines
the production of documentation with subtle content variations, such
as region-specific information for different electrical requirements
or warranty and customer service details.
    FrameMaker 7.1 extends its cross-referencing features to allow
links between XML documents. For example, a product installation guide
in XML can now reference and provide a direct link to a specific
section in a user manual that is also in XML format. Based on user
feedback, an automatic save to XML feature was added so that users
don't have to remember to select a special "save as" function when
editing XML documents -- a simple save or file close will
automatically save the document to the correct format.
    "FrameMaker's support for open standards such as XML is testament
to Adobe's leadership in the technical information space," said Stefan
Wess, chief technical officer for empolis. "We've integrated
FrameMaker with sigmalink, our content lifecycle management system, to
make it easy and quick for structured content to be managed and
re-used across multiple documents and delivery platforms, such as user
and training manuals both on the Web and in paper format. This results
in a rapid return on the investment in structured information."

    Additional Enhancements

    New filters enable PageMaker and Quark XPress files to be easily
migrated into FrameMaker. Users with legacy files in these formats can
now take advantage of FrameMaker's superior long document handling and
multi-channel support to publish directly to print, Adobe PDF, HTML,
XML and other formats.
    Corporate publishers can work more efficiently by importing
Photoshop files directly into FrameMaker 7.1, eliminating the need to
save files to an intermediate format. Other additions include support
for the JPEG 2000 graphics format and improved filters for handling
artwork in Adobe PDF, including native files from Adobe
Illustrator(R). Expanded support for Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG)
means a single graphics file can be the source for both high quality
vector graphics in print and PDF as well as an interactive, high
quality vector graphic on the Web.

    Pricing and Availability

    Adobe FrameMaker 7.1 for Windows and Sun(R) Solaris(TM) will be
available in January 2004 in the United States, Europe and Canada at
the Adobe store at www.adobe.com. FrameMaker 7.1, desktop version, for
Microsoft(R) Windows(R) has an estimated street price of US$799 for
the full version and $199 for the upgrade. On Sun Solaris, the full
version has an estimated street price of $1,329 and $279 for the
upgrade. For more detailed information about new features and upgrade
policies for Adobe FrameMaker, please visit:

    About Adobe Systems Incorporated

    Adobe helps people and businesses communicate better through its
world-leading digital imaging, design and document technology
platforms for consumers, creative professionals and enterprises.
Adobe's revenue in the last fiscal year exceeded $1 billion. For more
information about Adobe, visit www.adobe.com.

    Adobe, the Adobe logo, FrameMaker, Illustrator, PageMaker and
Photoshop are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Adobe
Systems Incorporated in the United States and/or other countries. SVG
is a trademark of the World Wide Web Consortium; marks of the W3C are
registered and held by its host institutions MIT, INRIA and Keio.
Microsoft and Windows are ether registered trademarks or trademarks of
Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. Sun
and Solaris are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun
Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries. All other
trademarks are the property of their respective owners.


    CONTACT: Adobe Systems Incorporated
             Denise Styerwalt, 408-536-6393
             A&R Partners
             Jessica Stafford, 650-762-2836

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