Adobe Brings Power of Adobe PDF to Handheld Market

Public Beta Version of Acrobat Reader for Palm OS Debuts



Apr 10, 2001, 01:00 ET from Adobe Systems Incorporated

    SAN JOSE, Calif., April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Building on its Network
 Publishing vision to deliver visually rich content anytime, anywhere on any
 device, Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:   ADBE) today announced a public
 beta version of Acrobat(R) Reader(TM) for Palm OS(R). The new software
 provides busy, mobile business professionals and others the flexibility and
 freedom to view content in the ubiquitous Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF)
 on Palm Powered(TM) handheld computers. A beta version of the product is
 immediately available for download free of charge from the Adobe.com Web site
 at www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/betareg.html.
     Acrobat Reader for Palm OS extends the value of the new Adobe(R)
 Acrobat(R) 5.0 software and Adobe PDF beyond desktop computers to handhelds
 -- presenting text and images that appear exactly as intended in a true,
 platform -- independent format. The product offers many powerful Adobe PDF
 features, even as it respects the simplicity of the Palm OS software.
     "Customers have expressed an overwhelming interest in reading Adobe PDF
 files on mobile computing devices like Palm handhelds," said Joe Eschbach,
 vice president, ePaper Solutions Group, Adobe. "This is something we
 wholeheartedly support. It fits our vision for the Acrobat product family and
 the future of Network Publishing, where people will have universal access to
 information. We're excited to provide the public early access to this new
 capability."
     "Reading Adobe PDF files while on-the-go has become an absolute necessity
 for business professionals today," said Alan Kessler, general manager for
 Palm's Platform Solutions Group.  "I know Palm handheld users will be as
 delighted as we are to have Adobe PDF files available on the Palm OS
 platform."
     Acrobat Reader for Palm OS enables use of the HotSync(R) function to
 synchronize Adobe PDF files from desktop or laptop computers to any Palm
 Powered handheld. The product includes a desktop application that resides on
 the user's computer system and the Palm OS viewer application that lives on
 the handheld.
     The process of preparing and transferring an Adobe PDF file for viewing on
 a Palm Powered device is simple and fast. After launching the desktop
 application, the user drags and drops an Adobe PDF file onto it. Adobe PDF
 files created using Acrobat 5.0 will offer a better reading experience on the
 handheld device than documents created using earlier versions of Acrobat
 because they are automatically tagged with information on the document
 structure and organization. This allows for easier and more reliable text
 re-flow on the smaller device. The next time a HotSync operation is performed,
 the Adobe PDF file is transferred to the viewing application on the handheld.
 Using the handheld, the user can then launch the Acrobat Reader application
 and select the Adobe PDF file to be read.
 
     Availability and Pricing
     The public beta of Acrobat Reader for Palm OS is immediately available
 free of charge at www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/betareg.html for Windows 98,
 Windows NT(R) 4.0, Windows ME and Windows 2000 (users must have Palm Desktop
 3.0.1 or higher), and Palm Powered devices with Palm OS 3.1 or higher and a
 minimum available memory of 200K. The shipping product will initially be
 offered in English and is expected to be available in the second half of 2001.
 Support for other language versions, as well as the Macintosh platform, is
 expected in future versions. For more information, please visit
 www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readerforpalm.html.
 
     About Adobe Systems Incorporated
     Founded in 1982, Adobe Systems Incorporated (www.adobe.com) builds
 award-winning software solutions for Network Publishing, including Web, print,
 video, wireless and broadband applications. Its graphic design, imaging,
 dynamic media and authoring tools enable customers to create, manage and
 deliver visually-rich, reliable content. Headquartered in San Jose, Calif.,
 Adobe is the second-largest PC software company in the U.S., with annual
 revenues exceeding $1.3 billion.
 
     NOTE: Adobe, the Adobe logo, Acrobat, and Acrobat Reader for Palm OS are
 either registered trademarks or trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated in
 the United States and/or other countries. Palm OS and HotSync are registered
 trademarks, and Palm and Palm Powered are trademarks, of Palm, Inc. or its
 subsidiaries. Microsoft, Windows and Windows NT are either registered
 trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or
 other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective
 owners.
 
 

SOURCE Adobe Systems Incorporated
    SAN JOSE, Calif., April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Building on its Network
 Publishing vision to deliver visually rich content anytime, anywhere on any
 device, Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:   ADBE) today announced a public
 beta version of Acrobat(R) Reader(TM) for Palm OS(R). The new software
 provides busy, mobile business professionals and others the flexibility and
 freedom to view content in the ubiquitous Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF)
 on Palm Powered(TM) handheld computers. A beta version of the product is
 immediately available for download free of charge from the Adobe.com Web site
 at www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/betareg.html.
     Acrobat Reader for Palm OS extends the value of the new Adobe(R)
 Acrobat(R) 5.0 software and Adobe PDF beyond desktop computers to handhelds
 -- presenting text and images that appear exactly as intended in a true,
 platform -- independent format. The product offers many powerful Adobe PDF
 features, even as it respects the simplicity of the Palm OS software.
     "Customers have expressed an overwhelming interest in reading Adobe PDF
 files on mobile computing devices like Palm handhelds," said Joe Eschbach,
 vice president, ePaper Solutions Group, Adobe. "This is something we
 wholeheartedly support. It fits our vision for the Acrobat product family and
 the future of Network Publishing, where people will have universal access to
 information. We're excited to provide the public early access to this new
 capability."
     "Reading Adobe PDF files while on-the-go has become an absolute necessity
 for business professionals today," said Alan Kessler, general manager for
 Palm's Platform Solutions Group.  "I know Palm handheld users will be as
 delighted as we are to have Adobe PDF files available on the Palm OS
 platform."
     Acrobat Reader for Palm OS enables use of the HotSync(R) function to
 synchronize Adobe PDF files from desktop or laptop computers to any Palm
 Powered handheld. The product includes a desktop application that resides on
 the user's computer system and the Palm OS viewer application that lives on
 the handheld.
     The process of preparing and transferring an Adobe PDF file for viewing on
 a Palm Powered device is simple and fast. After launching the desktop
 application, the user drags and drops an Adobe PDF file onto it. Adobe PDF
 files created using Acrobat 5.0 will offer a better reading experience on the
 handheld device than documents created using earlier versions of Acrobat
 because they are automatically tagged with information on the document
 structure and organization. This allows for easier and more reliable text
 re-flow on the smaller device. The next time a HotSync operation is performed,
 the Adobe PDF file is transferred to the viewing application on the handheld.
 Using the handheld, the user can then launch the Acrobat Reader application
 and select the Adobe PDF file to be read.
 
     Availability and Pricing
     The public beta of Acrobat Reader for Palm OS is immediately available
 free of charge at www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/betareg.html for Windows 98,
 Windows NT(R) 4.0, Windows ME and Windows 2000 (users must have Palm Desktop
 3.0.1 or higher), and Palm Powered devices with Palm OS 3.1 or higher and a
 minimum available memory of 200K. The shipping product will initially be
 offered in English and is expected to be available in the second half of 2001.
 Support for other language versions, as well as the Macintosh platform, is
 expected in future versions. For more information, please visit
 www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readerforpalm.html.
 
     About Adobe Systems Incorporated
     Founded in 1982, Adobe Systems Incorporated (www.adobe.com) builds
 award-winning software solutions for Network Publishing, including Web, print,
 video, wireless and broadband applications. Its graphic design, imaging,
 dynamic media and authoring tools enable customers to create, manage and
 deliver visually-rich, reliable content. Headquartered in San Jose, Calif.,
 Adobe is the second-largest PC software company in the U.S., with annual
 revenues exceeding $1.3 billion.
 
     NOTE: Adobe, the Adobe logo, Acrobat, and Acrobat Reader for Palm OS are
 either registered trademarks or trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated in
 the United States and/or other countries. Palm OS and HotSync are registered
 trademarks, and Palm and Palm Powered are trademarks, of Palm, Inc. or its
 subsidiaries. Microsoft, Windows and Windows NT are either registered
 trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or
 other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective
 owners.
 
 SOURCE  Adobe Systems Incorporated