Adobe FrameMaker 7.1 Extends XML Capabilities
New Version of Adobe FrameMaker Extends Powerful XML Capabilities
Upgrade Includes New Migration, Import Features and Support for Popular Graphics Formats to Capitalize on Existing Assets
San Jose, California, USA. December 1, 2003.
Adobe Systems Incorporated today announced Adobe FrameMaker 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 formats, while expanded support for popular graphics file formats means Adobe Photoshop 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."
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. 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 Solaris 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 Windows 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: www.adobe.com/products/framemaker.
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.
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