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Airbus Adopts Adobe Acrobat 7.0 to Streamline Document Processes Worldwide

Press release from the issuing company

SAN JOSE, Calif.--June 27, 2005-- Adobe Systems Incorporated today announced that Airbus, a leading aircraft manufacturer with one of the most modern and comprehensive product lines on the market, has adopted Adobe Acrobat 7.0 software on a worldwide basis. Airbus plans to deploy 32,000 seats of Acrobat 7.0 Professional and Acrobat 7.0 Standard throughout the company over the course of the current calendar year for Adobe PDF document generation, collaboration, added security, and archival. With employees located around the world using numerous software applications and file formats to complete projects, Airbus needed to maximize the efficiency of its document-based processes by standardizing on a solution that met the specific, demanding needs of its operations. Acrobat 7.0 and Adobe PDF will enable Airbus teams to share and collaborate on documents created from virtually any application, including specialized computer-aided design (CAD) software. By doing so, the company can enable all of its employees, partners and customers to view, interact with and print files they exchange using Acrobat or free Adobe Reader software. Adobe has distributed over half-a-billion copies of the virtually ubiquitous Adobe Reader since its 1993 introduction. Using Acrobat 7.0 Professional, Airbus engineers and designers can consolidate 2D or 3D CAD drawings from the company's Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) system, along with spreadsheets, technical diagrams and images, into one Adobe PDF document. After adding any necessary security options, the PDF file can be shared with others in an extended workgroup for review, markup and approval. Those using Acrobat 7.0 who receive the Adobe PDF document can collaborate on it using familiar Acrobat commenting tools, across a wide variety of platforms and devices. When enabled by Acrobat 7.0 Professional, even users of the free Adobe Reader 7.0 can fully participate in electronic review and approval of the PDF file.

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