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Adobe Announces Two New PostScript 3 Editions Customized for Specific Market Segments

Friday, September 09, 2005

Press release from the issuing company

SAN JOSE, Calif.--Sept. 8, 2005-- Adobe Systems Incorporated today announced Adobe PostScript 3(TM) version 3017 is available for original equipment manufacturers. For the first time, PostScript software will be delivered in two editions to address the needs of the graphic arts and enterprise markets. The Host Edition of Adobe PostScript 3 version 3017 is tailored to creative professional workflows to benefit designers and print production professionals. The Embedded Edition will be built into office laser printers and MFPs (multi-function peripherals) to expand the number of devices that support Adobe PostScript and Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) print workflows, without sacrificing security and reliability. Adobe PostScript 3 is the page description language standard for millions of high performance printing systems, print workflow solutions and desktop printers. It provides core functionality for rendering complex images, text, graphics and color, and provides reliable, high-quality output across devices, from office printers to high-end digital production systems including the latest and most advanced digital color presses. Version 3017 supports direct printing of Adobe PDF 1.6, the latest version of Adobe PDF introduced in Adobe Acrobat 7.0 software. "This new version of PostScript is significant for two reasons. It speaks to the important role PDF plays in document production and distribution, and the need for direct PDF printing," said Angele Boyd, IDC's group vice president of Imaging & Output Solutions Research. "It also speaks to the need for cost-effective PostScript with direct PDF printing in entry-level color devices." Host Edition for Graphic Arts Adobe PostScript 3 Host Edition was designed for commercial printing workflows. New features include support for Adobe PDF 1.6, the ability to handle multiple color channels, embedded OpenType fonts in Adobe PDF files and full transparency support, for improved performance with complex documents. The Host Edition is also capable of processing 16-bit color images, file sizes greater than 2 GB and paper sizes greater than 200 inches and enables users to print 2-D PDF renderings of 3-D images. The Host Edition of Adobe PostScript builds on the company's commitment to standards with support for Job Definition Format (JDF) and provides greater compatibility with Adobe Creative Suite 2.0, a complete design and publishing environment that has revolutionized creative workflows worldwide. The Host Edition is available on the Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, IBM AIX and Sun Solaris(TM) platforms. "Over 20 years of PostScript development and innovation gives Adobe a deep understanding of documents and print workflows," said Don Walker, general manager of Publishing Technologies and Services Group at Adobe. "Adobe PostScript and PDF continue to be the technology foundation for enterprise, production and graphic arts print devices and workflows. The evolution of Adobe PostScript 3 version 3017 to meet the needs of specific market segments demonstrates Adobe's commitment to support the changing print landscape." Embedded Edition for the Enterprise Recognizing increased corporate sensitivity to confidential information, Adobe PostScript 3 version 3017 Embedded Edition supports Adobe Acrobat 7.0 security features including AES encryption and printing of digital signatures for office workgroups. The Embedded Edition is designed for more resource-constrained devices than the Host Edition and is optimized for workgroup printers and MFP devices. The reduced size of the Embedded Edition will enable OEMs to use the technology in more of their devices, delivering the benefits of genuine Adobe PostScript and Adobe PDF printing to the enterprise workplace. Adobe PostScript 3 Embedded Edition is available for the MontaVista Linux and VxWorks platforms.




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