As part of its Adobe Acrobat 6.0 product line rollout, Adobe Systems has announced a new XML architecture which enables intelligent documents to extend the value of enterprise systems. This comprehensive XML architecture supports end-to-end document processes -- document creation, collaboration, and process management across the enterprise. The new XML architecture provides an open framework for extending the value of business processes inside and outside the firewall. Now, businesses can bring people and processes together via XML, while retaining the inherent presentation, security, and interactivity of documents in the Portable Document Format (PDF). Key components include intelligent forms, process automation, data integration, security and publishing for archiving and printing. The architecture will be supported across Adobe's client and server solutions and will integrate Adobe PDF. It will take full advantage of XML for integration and bring continuity to business processes by presenting XML data in PDF for reliably sharing, viewing and interacting through Acrobat 6.0 software or Adobe Reader. All standard XML tools work directly with Adobe's XML architecture and it builds upon W3C XML standards including Namespaces, XSLT, XPath, XML Schema and XML Digital Signatures for full compatibility with existing applications and XML data streams. Over the coming months, Adobe will deliver a new tool for designing XML and PDF templates and forms; make the XML architecture specification publicly available and deliver an XML toolkit for developers to provide easy access to PDF file content from common scripting languages and Java."
From the Announcement
"PDF is a recognized standard for universal access to digital information, and XML provides a powerful mechanism for interchanging data between systems," said Shantanu Narayen, executive vice president, Worldwide Products, Adobe. "By combining these standards, Adobe can provide a set of document integration solutions that promise to redefine how people in large enterprises, government agencies, and financial institutions work with data and documents."
Now, companies can create intelligent and interactive documents that include embedded calculations and business logic to help ensure accurate data collection both on and offline. Once the data has been captured, the process can be managed with the Adobe Workflow Server or other core systems. The architecture also enables dynamic rendering of PDF documents from XML for publishing or archiving with XMP meta data for search and retrieval.
XML has become a critical standard within the enterprise and government agencies because of its ability to provide data utilization for Web services, reporting and interoperability with enterprise systems. With more than half-a-billion copies of the Adobe Reader distributed to date, PDF is already a universal standard for document-based communications. Now, companies that take advantage of Adobe's XML architecture can easily enable people to participate in business processes.
XML combined with the open, cross-platform nature of PDF, means documents can be easily accessed across systems and core business applications for rapid, enterprise-wide deployment. Reliability and policy management features available in Adobe PDF lets businesses control access and integrity of business critical documents across the extended enterprise.
From the FAQ
Through support for XML, Adobe Acrobat 6.0 makes it easy to capture and exchange form data with enterprise systems. With Acrobat forms, users can include business logic and routing based on user-defined XML in the form data, offering the ability to integrate their document workflows with their core business systems. Acrobat also supports eXtensible metadata platform (XMP) for embedding meaningful information to describe the content or characteristics of the file for advanced searching and integration with content management systems. Additionally, users can also create tagged Adobe PDF files that preserve document structure to enable both the easy re-use of content and the ability to make documents more accessible to users with disabilities."
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- Announcement 2003-04-07: "Adobe Brings Together XML with the Power and Ubiquity of PDF. New XML Architecture Enables Intelligent Documents to Extend the Value of Enterprise Systems."
- Adobe Acrobat 6.0 Family FAQ document
- "PDF as a Standard for Archiving. The Portable Document Format (PDF) as a solution for creating archives for both paper and electronic documents." White Paper. 11 pages.
- PDF Archive (PDF/A). See the AIIM resource page.
- PDF/X Frequently Asked Questions
- Acrobat 6.0 Professional. "Offers the most advanced control over document exchange, review, and output."
- Acrobat 6.0 Standard. "Streamlines business document exchange and review."
- Acrobat Elements. "Allows enterprises to standardize on Adobe PDF for document distribution."
- Acrobat 6.0 Product Matrix
- "Acrobat 6: Long-Awaited Features for Professional Publishers." By Bernd Zipper. In The Seybold Report (April 8, 2003). Special Article. ISSN: 1533-9211. 12 pages. [source]
- See also: "Enhanced Adobe Document Servers Support XML-Based Workflow and Digital Signature Facilities."
- See also: "Extensible Metadata Platform (XMP)"