Adobe Announces XML Integration with FrameMaker 7.2

Sep 13, 2005

Adobe Systems Incorporated, a provider of software solutions to create, manage, and deliver high-impact, reliable digital content has announced Adobe FrameMaker 7.2, the latest version of its authoring and publishing software. Adobe FrameMaker, a tool for creating complex documents such as lengthy technical manuals and catalogs, allows for simple word processing and XML authoring and publishing. FrameMaker 7.2 allows users to output directly to multiple channels, including print, PDF, HTML, and XML.

Adobe FrameMaker 7.2 allows users to migrate from unstructured to structured documents. FrameMaker 7.2 software's Unstructured to Structured Migration Guide details the considerations and the steps required to adopt a XML workflow. The built-in conversion tools that give structure to documents now retain character and paragraph styles, which speeds the conversion process. The WYSIWYG interface in Adobe FrameMaker is designed to make authoring and editing XML more approachable. New structured templates give authors a starting point for documents. Templates include a sample application of Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA), a XML-based architecture for authoring and delivering content, which organizes and integrates technical information. FrameMaker 7.2 adds XML Schema to the range of standards it supports. XML Schema is a Worldwide Web Consortium (W3C) standard for describing the structure of a document and is an alternative to another standard that FrameMaker supports--Document Type Definitions (DTDs). Authors can use the new Multiple Undo feature to reverse edits such as Change Font and Import File. The History Palette lets authors view recent changes--all in one spot--and undo multiple edits with a single click.

Adobe FrameMaker 7.2 for Microsoft Windows and Sun Solaris is expected to be available in September to customers worldwide in English, French and German languages through Adobe Authorized Resellers and the Adobe store. Adobe FrameMaker 7.2, desktop version, for Microsoft Windows has an estimated street price of US$799 for the full version and US$199 for the upgrade. On Sun Solaris, the full version (personal edition) has an estimated street price of US$1,329 and US$279 for the upgrade. FrameMaker Server has an estimated street price of US$7,999.