Adobe Systems Inc. today announced that
FrameMaker 7.0, the newest version of the company’s XML authoring and publishing solution, is now available.
FrameMaker 7.0 includes the structured authoring tools for both XML and SGML — these tools were previously only available as a separate purchase. The new version also includes a new WYSIWYG word processing interface allowing companies to extend the publishing process to a broader audience, because there’s no need for these users to have XML coding experience, according to Adobe.
“The growing demand for XML-based publishing requires configurable tools for structured document editing to be coupled with robust tools for cross-media production,” said Mark Walter, senior analyst for The Seybold Report. “FrameMaker 7.0 delivers both of these capabilities in a single desktop package, and the new server version responds to demand for automated publishing tools that plug into an organization’s content infrastructure. It’s priced aggressively and plays well with enterprise publishing architectures.”
FrameMaker’s template-driven environment lets customers publish single source documents to multiple channels. These include print, Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF), Web, eBooks and PDAs. Unlike other XML-based solutions, this enables organizations to easily share files across the extended enterprise. Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) can also be integrated into documents so Web versions can feature high quality vector graphics.
Adobe FrameMaker 7.0 and FrameMaker Server 7.0 are now available in the United States, Europe and Canada through Adobe Authorized Resellers and the Adobe Store at www.adobe.com. FrameMaker 7.0 desktop version is US$799 for the full product with a special upgrade offer (Mac and Windows only) of $209 that is available through August 22, 2002 — the upgrade will cost $349 after that date. FrameMaker Server 7.0 is US$7,999.
FramerMaker 7.0 requires a PowerPC processor that supports the Energy Saver Control Panel (G3/G4 recommended); Mac OS software version 9.0, 9.1, 9.2, or Mac OS X version 10.1 (Classic mode); 128MB of RAM (256 MB recommended for structured authoring); 180 – 320MB of available hard-disk space (320MB recommended); 800×600 VGA monitor (1024×768 recommended); CD-ROM drive; Macintosh-compatible printer (Adobe PostScript printer recommended); Adobe Type Manager and TrueType supported.