Adobe Systems (800/833-6687, http://www.adobe.com ), following in the footsteps of other graphics software vendors, has launched a new version of its Web site that provides a variety of services beyond simply informing users about Adobe products. The new site offers separate areas for Web, print, dynamic media, and portable document applications, each with user profiles, galleries, tips, forums, and product information. Through an enhanced version of the Adobe store, you can order Adobe software as well as third-party products. You can also run free Web-based applications to create a Web banner, optimize Web graphics, and create PDF files.
"We see this as a real opportunity to help our customers find everything they need in one place and have a place for information exchange," says Gloria Chen, Adobe.com's director of strategy and business development.
Adobe is one of several graphics developers that have spruced up their Web presence recently
(see News , September 1999). For example, Extensis (800/796-9798, http://www.creativepro.com ) changed its name to Creativepro.com to reflect its new emphasis on providing Web-based tools and services. And Tektronix (800/835-9433, http://www.tek.com ) has launched a site called Creativesite.com ( http://www.creativesight.com/ ) where artists and photographers can post examples of their work.