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Oce Teams with Adobe: Power of PDF to Technical Documents, CAD Markets

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CHICAGO, Nov. 14 - Oce-USA, Inc. today announced it is teaming with Adobe Systems Incorporated to market and advance the use of Adobe PostScript (TM)and Adobe portable document format (PDF) in the engineering and reprographics markets in connection with the new Oce Technical Document Systems (TDS) Series of wide-format equipment. As the number of file formats within the world of computer-aided design (CAD) has grown, customer need for a secure and portable file format allowing them to more easily share, view and print released engineering documents has increased. The Oce TDS Series marks the first time that users of wide-format printing and scanning systems have been able to directly create and print Adobe PDF files. "Oce is proud of its history of printing and scanning innovations. By teaming with Adobe, we take another significant step forward by using today's most widely accepted and used software technologies,'' said Joyce Virnich, vice president of marketing for the Oce Wide Format Printing Systems business unit. "This relationship underscores our commitment to combining our industry knowledge with the latest technologies to offer customers state-of-the-art solutions for every aspect of their work.'' Merging the power of true Adobe PostScript and PDF printing with Oce's new wide-format systems eliminates the problems associated with printing a large number of alternative file formats, especially on released engineering drawings. "Adobe PDF files are compact, platform-independent and can be shared, viewed and printed by anyone with the free Adobe Acrobat Reader. They are a proven solution for communicating documents in a digital format, and are an effective solution for the engineering reprographics market," said Francis Fay, director, product marketing, for the Oce Wide Format Printing Systems business unit. The Oce TDS400, Oce TDS600 and Oce TDS800 now allow for direct printing of PDF files with no need to open Acrobat or any other application, reducing the time and effort required to produce prints. "Adobe PDF will change the way CAD professionals share and print their files because it offers a standard, secure electronic file format to scan, preview, print and archive documents of all sizes,'' said George Cacioppo, vice president, Internet Printing Group at Adobe. "By working with Oce on Adobe PDF integration, the CAD industry will clearly benefit from Oce's introduction of these new wide format printing systems.'' The Oce TDS Series may be configured as stand-alone printers, stand-alone scanners or multifunction printing, copying and scanning solutions. Oce's Scan Logic scan-to-file software expands Oce's support of PDF with the ability to scan directly to a PDF file format. By allowing users to select PDF as a file format right from the control panel of the scanner, Oce has eliminated the time-consuming task of converting scanned images using additional software. Thanks to Oce's Scan Logic technology, hardcopy drawings can be scanned immediately to PDF format, and distributed directly to virtually any FTP location in the office or on the Internet, with a single push of a button. Oce's Engineering Exec print room automation and document archiving software is also dedicated to supporting PDF as a preferred format for enterprise-wide consistency and interchangeability of electronic documents. Files stored in PDF format in Oce Engineering Exec's Doc Exec vaults will be displayed and printed correctly, regardless of the original application software employed. Oce's Print Exec document printing applications assure reliable printing of a wide range of file formats to virtually any printer, including the Oce TDS family.