Adobe e-forms will hold data offline

Adobe e-forms will hold data offline

Adobe Systems Inc. today extended its electronic forms line with Document Server for Reader Extensions. The server software will preserve data entered in form fields in Adobe Portable Document Format, so that citizens and agency users can continue working on the PDF forms offline. That eliminates the print-and-mail steps that are holding up progress of the Government Paperwork Elimination Act, Adobe officials said.

The server software can assign usage rights to a PDF form, for example, letting users of the free Acrobat Reader software affix digital signatures, sticky notes and other information to the forms they fill in. Document Server for Reader Extensions can integrate forms data in Extensible Markup Language with back-end databases. Priced around $75,000 for 10 forms, it will run under Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 Server, Win 2000 Server, and Sun Solaris 7 or 8. The Reader Extensions product will be available by year's end.

Other software announced today includes Adobe Form Server, Workflow Server and Output Server. They are rebranded products from Adobe's acquisition of Accelio Corp., formerly JetForm Corp. More information appears at


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