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Adobe Studio: Collaboration, Design Tools, New Business Opportunities

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SAN JOSE, Calif.--Sept. 24, 2001--Adobe Systems Incorporated today unveils another key component of its Network Publishing strategy with the availability of the Adobe Studio(TM) Web site, the premier design network for the creative community. The Adobe Studio site offers designers tools and services to inspire the creative process, improve productivity and find new business opportunities. "The next creative era will be characterized by open, scalable, Web platforms that enable network publishing,'' said Michael Maziarka, director of Dynamic Content Software Strategies for CAP Ventures, Inc. "Creative professionals, regardless of their organization's size or focus, will look to collaborative tools to help them become more efficient and competitive, have greater exposure for their designs, and work with geographically dispersed teams across multiple locations.'' Adobe Studio, the first Network Publishing solution for designers, consists of two main areas: Adobe DesignTeam, a subscription-based collaboration service, and a free community area offering a wealth of design-related content. The Adobe DesignTeam service, now available in public beta, will help designers to be more efficient by using the Internet to collaborate with team members, clients and third-party service providers in one secure, online location. Web and print professionals working in small or geographically distributed teams can use DesignTeam to: * Securely share and manage visually rich files, with version control; * Organize and track team communication around key project milestones and assignments; * Review files and Web sites, and automatically collect, track and collate reviewers' comments, without reviewers needing the original applications; and * Securely deliver files to customers and service providers, while controlling and tracking the distribution. DesignTeam is integrated with Adobe's industry standard design applications and compatible with any file type. Additionally, DesignTeam is browser based and requires no expensive network and server infrastructure to deploy and maintain, so users can be up and running in minutes. Now, designers can save time and money by eliminating costly rework, efficiently coordinating team projects, reducing administrative tasks, and obtaining quick and clear feedback from clients. "With Adobe Studio we're pleased to embark on a new business model that provides a network publishing solution for creative professionals,'' said Jim Stephens, senior vice president of eBusiness development and worldwide customer care for Adobe. "Adobe Studio complements our design and layout applications, such as Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign, while expanding the power of the Internet for web and print designers.'' The Adobe Studio free community area is designed to inspire, instruct and foster interaction among designers and their peers. Creative professionals can broaden personal and professional networks, and expand their skills and knowledge. The community area includes a comprehensive set of tools and resources for learning new techniques, exploring partner services, and showcasing work. Pricing and Availability Membership in the Adobe Studio community is free. The DesignTeam service is also free during public beta review period. After the public beta period, DesignTeam will be available in the U.S. and Canada for a monthly rate of $39.95 per user, with discounts for teams. The URL is adobestudio.com.

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