Adobe Systems Incorporated has introduced the public beta of Adobe Digital Editions, a Rich Internet Application (RIA) built from the ground up for digital publishing. With native support for Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) as well as an XHTML-based reflow-centric publication format, Digital Editions delivers a way to acquire, read, and manage content, including eBooks, digital magazines, digital newspapers, and other digital publications. Initially available as a free public beta for Windows, Digital Editions will support Macintosh systems as a universal binary application, Linux platforms, as well as mobile phones, and other embedded devices in future versions.
It adds the ability to incorporate Flash interactivity and rich media, enabling publishers to create digital publications. Digital Editions natively supports PDF as well as an XHTML-based reflow-centric publication format designed to represent dynamic content that can be adapted to different sized displays. In addition, Digital Editions support for Flash SWF is designed to enable new levels of interactivity and rich media delivery. The Digital Editions beta includes integration with Adobe Acrobat 8 and Reader 8, which can install and launch Digital Editions from within their user interface.
Digital Editions will integrate with a new, hosted content authorization service to protect publisher's rights. This new Adobe Digital Editions Protection Service, based on Adobe LiveCycle Policy Server, will allow publishers to choose from business models, with user-ID-based authorization that provides an improved user experience over competitive DRM models. Digital Editions also supports Adobe Content Server DRM, featuring full compatibility with existing protected PDF content and infrastructure. Adobe Digital Editions beta will be available for free download from the Adobe Labs website. Version 1.0 is expected to be available in early 2007.