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Adobe Showcases Software to Support eGovernment Initiatives

Press release from the issuing company

CEO Bruce Chizen's Keynote to Highlight Solutions that Help Government Operate More Efficiently, Communicate Better with Key Constituencies WASHINGTON--March 19, 2002-- Adobe Systems kicked off its broad presence at FOSE 2002, the annual government technology conference. The company's activities will be headlined by President and CEO Bruce Chizen's keynote address, where he will discuss the role private industry technology solutions can play in helping federal agencies achieve eGovernment objectives. "Federal, state and local governments have leveraged our products for years to improve their business processes and to create and deliver compelling electronic content,'' Chizen said. "Today, Adobe and others in industry need to step up and help agencies meet new eGovernment-specific challenges by continuing to innovate and by being effective partners. We're committed to that effort, and we believe we offer the tools, like Acrobat software and the Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF), to play a significant role in the process.'' Chizen's keynote, scheduled for March 21 at 1:00 p.m. EST, will highlight Adobe's role as an eGovernment vendor to federal agencies. He will illustrate, through customer application examples, how software can help government communicate better internally, with business and to its citizens. In its booth (#914) at the Washington, D.C., Convention Center, Adobe will demonstrate solutions for moving paper-based, forms-driven processes online in an accessible manner, reliably and securely exchanging documents, and creating searchable information archives -- all driven by its Acrobat product line. In addition, the company will highlight its content-creation tools, like Adobe GoLive 6.0, Photoshop 7.0, InDesign 2.0, and FrameMaker 6.0, and their utility for developing visually-rich, dynamic Web sites, photographs, illustrations, and technical manuals. In conjunction with FOSE, Adobe will also host a policy forum March 20 on "eGovernment: How the Changing Federal Budget Climate will Impact Government to Citizen Services.'' The event will feature a lively panel discussion on how eGovernment momentum can be maintained in the face of a tightening fiscal and budgetary climate. Featured speakers will include experts from Congress and high-profile advocacy groups. During the policy forum, Adobe plans to recognize recipients of the company's "Innovators in eGovernment'' honor (see separate press release issued today). The annual distinction was created to recognize U.S. federal agency or non-profit organization employees who best exemplify the commitment and creativity essential to improving government services through technology. Paul A. Showalter and John R. Wood of the Internal Revenue Service will be recognized for their efforts to streamline the IRS tax process by leveraging information technology. For more information on Adobe products and technologies for government, please visit http://www.adobe.com/government/.