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Demonstration Versions of Acrobat 'Amber' Reader for Macintosh and
 Windows Now Available

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., April 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq: ADBE) announced today that new demonstration versions of the next release of Adobe(R) Acrobat(R) Reader software are now available. As examples of the upcoming release of the Acrobat product family, code named "Amber," the Acrobat "Amber" Reader illustrates how Acrobat software will integrate with the power of the World Wide Web and enable customers to easily publish a broad range of business documents on the Internet and Intranets.

As with previous versions of the "Amber" Readers, the new demonstration versions are available to download for free from Adobe's Web site at To date, downloads of the Adobe Acrobat Readers have grown to average 10,000 per day or almost 300,000 per month since Adobe began tracking downloads in November 1995.

Acrobat "Amber" software will address the growing market for corporate Intranets by enabling average desktop computer users to quickly create, distribute and access business documents on the Web. Acrobat software allows customers to use existing business applications, such as word processing programs, spreadsheets and desktop publishing tools, to easily create electronic documents that maintain their exact formatting across computer platforms and printers. The Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF), the file format created by Acrobat software, is a rapidly growing standard for the distribution of electronic documents via the Internet, corporate networks and CD-ROM.

Customers using the Acrobat "Amber" Reader software, will be able to preview several new features that will be available in the upcoming release, including the ability to seamlessly view PDF files directly within leading Web browsers. In addition, the new release of Acrobat will optimize PDF files for fast downloading and viewing over the Web, and will enable transparent navigation between PDF files and HTML documents. The demonstration versions of Acrobat "Amber" Reader support the plug-in architecture of Netscape(TM) Navigator 2.0 and are available for Macintosh(R), Windows(R) 95, Windows NT(TM) and Windows 3.1. Further, using ActiveX controls, Adobe will enable PDF files to be rendered directly within Microsoft's Internet Explorer 3.0.

Adobe also announced a collection of free Acrobat software add-ons that enhance the ability to create and distribute electronic documents using Adobe Acrobat 2.1, the current software release. Available free from the World Wide Web at, some of the software add-ons include:

OLE Server Plug-Ins

Many corporations and systems integrators use Object Linking and Embedding (OLE) technology to enable different software components to work together, allowing customers to more easily access information contained in different applications. The OLE Plug-Ins enable Acrobat Exchange 2.x and Acrobat Reader 2.x to act as an OLE server so that customers can seamlessly use PDF files embedded in other OLE-enabled container applications. When Acrobat software is used with OLE, business documents can be distributed through a variety of corporate business systems without requiring the recipient to have the applications, fonts, or platform used to create the document. For example, a sales brochure created in Adobe PageMaker(R) on a Macintosh and converted to PDF can be embedded within a Lotus Notes database or Microsoft Access form and viewed by someone on a PC running Microsoft Windows.

Monitor Setup (Device Independent Color) Plug-In

PDF language version 1.1 (the version of PDF associated with Acrobat 2.0 and 2.1 products) allows for device-independent color (DIC) specifications. This allows Acrobat customers to create electronic documents that will have consistent color reproduction across a variety of different devices, such as computer monitors or printers, which can have widely different color characteristics. This capability can be very important where maintaining absolute fidelity is a significant business issue, such as advertising agencies and professional graphic artists sharing and reviewing documents electronically with their clients.

EPS Links Files

This is not a Plug-In, but rather a recipe and set of example files to help electronic publishers quickly and easily create reusable, interactive graphics for PDF files. Through the EPS Links Files, Acrobat customers can pre-assign hypertext linking capabilities to graphic elements, such as buttons and arrows, which can link users to another page in the same PDF file, another document on the World Wide Web or refer to a multimedia element, such as a QuickTime video. EPS Links Files can be used repeatedly in a single PDF file or reused in any number of other Acrobat documents.

Based in Mountain View, Calif., Adobe Systems Incorporated develops and supports products to help people express and use information in more imaginative and meaningful ways, across all print and electronic media. Founded in 1982, Adobe helped launch the desktop publishing revolution. Today, the company offers a market-leading line of application software and type products for creating and distributing visually rich communication materials; licenses its industry-standard technologies to major hardware manufacturers, software developers, and service providers; and offers integrated software solutions to businesses of all sizes. For more information, see Adobe's home page at on the World Wide Web.

NOTE: Adobe, Acrobat and Acrobat Exchange are trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated. Netscape Navigator is a trademark of Netscape Communications Corporation. WindowsNT is a trademark and Microsoft Windows are registered trademarks of Microsoft. Macintosh and QuickTime are registered trademarks of Apple Computer, Inc. All other brand or product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.
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