Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced Adobe® FrameMaker® 8 software, a complete authoring and publishing tool that combines the simplicity of word processing with the power of XML. New support for broader file formats including Adobe Flash® Player compatible .SWF files and 3D empowers technical communicators, experts and trainers to enhance static documents with rich media to create more engaging and interactive content. In addition, industry-leading integration of XML accelerates the creation, localization and distribution of content for output across operating systems, devices, and platforms and new Unicode support enables authors to effortlessly publish a single document in multiple languages.
“The valuable content generated by technical authors should not be constrained by language, geography or device,” said Naresh Gupta, senior vice president and managing director, Print and Classic Publishing Solutions at Adobe. “Integrating content created with Flash software, 3D and Unicode makes FrameMaker 8 a milestone release that will simplify the delivery of high-impact documentation, no matter what the language or technology platform.”
Relied on by technical authors, documentation specialists, trainers and professionals that require high-quality long document multi-channel output from a single source, FrameMaker 8 builds on a rich product heritage that has powered the delivery of complex documents worldwide.
Master Complex Documents in a Flexible Authoring Environment
Adobe FrameMaker 8 lets technical communicators work in a familiar, style-tagging word processing mode, or in a fully-structured authoring environment optimized for producing XML and SGML. By incorporating accessible authoring tools and ready-made customizable templates, FrameMaker 8 streamlines the technical documentation process. Support for industry-standard Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA) simplifies writing, reviewing, publishing and exchanging topic-oriented information in XML and the creation of DITA maps. Technical documents are now easily maintained and updated with powerful book authoring and layout features, including automatic numbering and cross-references. A new feature enables technical writers to highlight edits made to the text of documents, streamlining the review process.
“At last, with Adobe FrameMaker 8, the industry has an XML editor with 100 percent DITA support that's easily customizable and is also a complete publishing solution,” said Thomas Aldous, President, Integrated Technologies, a U.S. company focused on technical training, document management and customer application development. “Any other major DITA editor requires a costly additional print server purchase.”
Incorporate 3D Models and Adobe Flash Player compatible .SWF files for Visually Dynamic Documentation
With FrameMaker 8 software, authors can integrate 3D models and rich media contained in Adobe Flash Player compatible .SWF files directly into their Adobe PDF documents. This enables anyone with Adobe Reader® software to experience dynamic and interactive assets such as 3D, video and animation directly within the document. These new features can be leveraged to easily integrate screen recordings, simulations, tutorials, and quizzes created with Adobe Captivate® 3 software, the latest version of the company's innovative eLearning product.
Support and Publish Materials for a Global Audience
Adobe FrameMaker 8 supports Unicode text encoding, enabling authors to publish technical documentation in multiple languages. Combined with a multilingual dictionary and hyphenation support tools, FrameMaker 8 creates an efficient and flexible environment to manage technical documentation for businesses that need to offer multi-language support.
In conjunction with this announcement, Adobe also introduced Adobe FrameMaker Server 8 software, which integrates the printing and Adobe PDF publishing features of Adobe FrameMaker with server-based applications.
Pricing and Availability
Adobe FrameMaker 8 is expected to ship worldwide by the end of July 2007 at an estimated price of US$899 for Windows® and US$1,329 for Solaris™ Unix®. Localized versions in French and German are expected to ship at the same time. Registered users can upgrade to Adobe FrameMaker 8 for an estimated price of US$299 for Windows and US$429 for Solaris Unix. Adobe FrameMaker Server 8 is expected to ship in October 2007 at an estimated price of US$7,999 and registered users can upgrade for an estimated price of US$3,999. To learn more about Adobe FrameMaker 8 and FrameMaker Server 8, please visit www.adobe.com/framemaker or participate in a complimentary on-demand eseminar at www.adobe.com/go/techcom_eseminars.
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