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If you’re like me, you rely upon the predictabilty of the PDF file format for many of your publishing needs. Today, Adobe updated the Acrobat line of products.

For more information, see the Adobe website and the press release below.

Product Line Goes Beyond Simple PDF Creation and Frees Knowledge Workers to Communicate and Collaborate with Confidence

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Sept. 18, 2006 — Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today introduced Adobe® Acrobat® 8 software to provide knowledge workers innovative tools for communicating and collaborating with confidence across the boundaries of operating systems, applications and firewalls. With Acrobat 8, business professionals can now more effectively engage with the rich, high-value information in PDF documents and forms, and more reliably and securely drive their work to completion leveraging the ubiquitous, free Adobe Reader® software.

Building on the decade-plus heritage of Adobe in the digital documents business, Acrobat 8 unveils a truly comprehensive set of capabilities for working with PDF documents within a sleek, modern user experience. The streamlined user interface enables first-time users and professionals alike to explore the power of Acrobat by easily surfacing the most valuable tasks. The ability to start common activities – such as combining, signing and protecting PDF files, interacting with PDF forms, reviewing and collaborating on documents, or launching a real-time web conference – is now as simple as a single click.

“Hundreds of millions of users of Acrobat and Adobe Reader have established PDF as a trusted format that enables documents to flow between companies and across the gap between digital and print,? said Tom Hale, senior vice president, Knowledge Worker Business Unit, Adobe. “With Acrobat 8, Adobe is enabling knowledge workers to use next generation electronic documents to easily collaborate with people, ideas and information, regardless of all-too-common operating system or platform constraints. With the addition of Acrobat Connect, they can take collaboration a step further to instantly and easily connect with each other in real-time over the web.?

For the first time, all of the Acrobat 8 products, as well as Adobe Reader 8, provide one-button access to Adobe® Acrobat® Connect™1 software, an easy-to-use, hosted software service that provides immediate access to a personal meeting room for real-time web conferencing (see separate press release issued today). Along with Acrobat Connect, Acrobat 8 further extends the family beyond simple PDF creation and now enables users to choose the most appropriate means for engaging others, through electronic documents or in real-time over the web.

Professionals in a wide variety of areas, such as architecture, engineering and construction (AEC), finance, IT, legal, marketing, manufacturing, and publishing can use the Acrobat product line to communicate and collaborate within the context of their work. Engineers can reliably share product designs up and down the supply chain in 2D or 3D; business analysts can easily collect and more securely route sensitive financial data; lawyers can circulate contracts for digital signature; architects can enable clients and contractors to review and markup blueprints and proposals; and creative professionals can efficiently publish to print with the highest fidelity and reliability (see separate press release issued today on Creative Suite® 2.3 software).

The Acrobat 8 product line introduces several major innovations in the areas of document collaboration, PDF content reuse, PDF forms, packaging of multiple documents, and controlling sensitive information. For example, shared reviews put collaboration within the reach of virtually anyone with access to a shared network folder and Adobe Reader2. A participant in a shared review can see comments posted by others, track the status of the review, and work even when not connected – reducing duplicated work and enabling large groups to collaborate more efficiently. Acrobat 8 also enables PDF content to be exported into popular formats to enable reuse and repurposing of content.

With Acrobat 8, any business or individual knowledge worker can take advantage of the power of PDF forms. Form field recognition automates the process of creating PDF forms from static PDF documents, and wizards help manage the distribution of forms and collection of data. Users of Acrobat 8 Professional or Acrobat 3D Version 8 can enable anyone with the free Adobe Reader2 to digitally sign and save PDF forms. Additionally, PDF packages allow for grouping disparate information into what appears like a single document, but preserves individual files and security settings for maximum flexibility. Comprehensive capabilities help control or permanently redact sensitive visible and hidden information in PDF files.

The Acrobat family consists of Acrobat 8 Professional, Acrobat 8 Standard, Acrobat 8 Elements, Acrobat 3D Version 8, Acrobat Connect, and Acrobat Connect Professional.

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Many years ago, Adobe introduced Elements to meet the needs of amature and consumer image editors. Today it releases the next evolution in the product line.

For more information, visit the Adobe website and see the press release below.

Adobe’s No. 1 Selling Consumer Photo Editing Software Offers Fun, Creative Possibilities for Consumers to Showcase and Share Photos in Engaging Ways

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Sept. 12, 2006 — Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced Adobe® Photoshop® Elements 5.0 software, a major upgrade to the No. 1 selling consumer photo editing software*. Available for Windows®, Photoshop Elements offers new and more flexible ways for consumers to organize files, edit images with ease and share photos in engaging and innovative ways. Adobe Photoshop Elements allows for quick, one-click fixes to photos with the option of exploring more sophisticated editing techniques.

*Source: The NPD Group (April 2002 to April 2006) based on units sold.

In addition, Adobe today announced Adobe Premiere® Elements 3.0 software, a complete home video editing solution (see separate press release). Also available together in a single retail package, Adobe Photoshop Elements plus Adobe Premiere Elements delivers unique integrated functionality that provides consumers with the ability to do more with their photos and home videos.

“Digital photography has changed the way people capture moments and memories and today’s digital cameras and even camera phones have the potential to deliver some extraordinary results,�? said John Loiacono, senior vice president of Creative Solutions Business Unit at Adobe. “Adobe Photoshop Elements gives customers the creative freedom to get more out of their digital camera, with the sophisticated and accessible editing features that the Photoshop name is famed for. The result is superior images that can be shared with family and friends in new, exciting, high impact ways – on the Web or in printed formats.�?

Showcase and Share Photos in Entertaining Ways

Photoshop Elements software makes it easy to share photos with themed and customizable layouts, multi-page document options for albums and scrapbooks and over 100 framing choices. With drag-and-drop simplicity, photos can be moved and resized within these flexible layouts. The new Map View allows consumers to drag photos to any location tied to an online satellite map to relive memories based on locations where photos were taken.

Adobe Photoshop Services are easily accessible from within the application and offer new and fun ways to share photos. An interactive Adobe Flash® based photo gallery service, called Adobe Photoshop Showcase, allows photos to be shared for free, or upgraded to an extended sharing service via a Web site. These online galleries can take the form of a virtual scrapbook with flipping pages, a winter scene with falling snow or a spinning photo carousel. Photos can easily be sent directly to CEIVA digital photo frames, shared via SmugMug online albums or turned into real postage at (U.S. only). One-click printing also makes it simple to order Kodak prints and using Photoshop Elements new photo layout functionality makes creating and ordering photobooks a more personalized experience.

Experience Superior Editing

Innovative editing functions give consumers new ways to tackle common photo edits. The new black-and-white conversion tool adds a dramatic and elegant look to photos, instantly converting color originals to a variety of rich black-and-white photo styles with deep contrast. The new Adjust Color Curves controls allow consumers to achieve the perfect exposure for every image. Photoshop Elements also allows consumers to easily correct camera lens distortion.

Adobe Offers Complete Line of Products for Every Level

Adobe offers a complete family of Photoshop products that meet the needs of a diverse spectrum of digital photographers: the free Photoshop Album Starter Edition software for the novice digital camera user; Photoshop Elements for the digital photography enthusiast; and Photoshop CS2 software for the professional or the most demanding amateur photographer.

Pricing and Availability

Adobe’s digital imaging and digital video products will be available in October 2006 at and other major electronics and online retailers including, Best Buy, Comp USA, Circuit City, Fry’s, Staples, and Office Depot. Adobe Photoshop Elements 5.0 for Windows is available for an estimated street price of US $99.99. Adobe Photoshop Elements 4.0 for Macintosh also is available for an estimated street price of US $89.99. Adobe Photoshop Elements 5.0 plus Adobe Premiere Elements 3.0 for Windows is available as a bundle in the United States and Canada at an estimated street price of US $149.99. Information about the other language versions, as well as pricing, upgrade, and support policies for other countries is available on . For more information, customers can call 1-800-492-3623.

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New Extensis Forums site is looking for your two cents.

Extensis, a division of Celartem Inc., today officially launched its new online forums site for open discussion on all things related to Extensis and its product lines. The Extensis Forums can be accessed at and community members are encouraged to post tips, tricks, questions and general discussion on font and digital asset management markets.

“Extensis’ Forums site is a great way to communicate user to user experience and share creative solutions from other users,” said Mark Anderson of Shoantel Limited and Extensis Forum contributor. “This site is a great resource for Extensis users; it is always on and connects customers and company.”

The new Forums site is an interactive environment where Extensis users and employees can communicate with, support, search for, and share industry knowledge with one another on topics ranging from font management in Mac OS X and Windows to Portfolio best practices. Extensis Forums is a neutral location for all font and digital asset management dialogue and strives to provide interesting discussion and topics for user to user conversation.

“Extensis has long been known as a company that has close ties with its customers,” said Brian Berson, Extensis General Manager. “Developing an online community where we can better share information and communicate more efficiently with the people that use our products was a no brainer for Extensis. We have already seen a tremendous amount of interest and activity on Extensis Forums and we anticipate and encourage engaging discussion moving forward.”

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Company presents in panel discussion with Apple, Linotype and other font industry leaders.

Extensis, a division of Celartem Inc., today announced that Halstead York, font solutions product manager for Extensis will present in a panel discussion in conjunction with TypeCon2006 — The Boston T Party, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Boston.

On Friday, August 11th from 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., York will discuss font management in OS X by participating in a panel session titled “Demystifying Font Management in OS X.” The session will be moderated by well-known book designer and typographer Kent Lew; other panelists in this session will include Peter Lofting of Apple Computer, Bruno Steinert of Linotype and Stephen Coles of FontShop/Typographica.

Extensis will also have a presence on the TypeCon2006 exhibition floor. Attendees are encouraged to stop by the Extensis booth and take the Extensis Font ID Challenge to win prizes. The event runs from August 9-13th, 2006.

TypeCon2006 is the eighth annual conference presented by the non-profit Society of Typographic Aficionados (SOTA), an international organization dedicated to the promotion, study, and support of typography and related arts.

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More than 30,000 images of the World Series Championship team are catalogued and distributed across multiple departments using Extensis Portfolio.

Extensis, a division of Celartem Inc., today announced the Chicago White Sox organization upgraded to Portfolio as its digital asset management solution, managing images of the World Series Championship baseball team. Despite housing more than 30,000 images in just one of the many White Sox catalogs, Portfolio allows instant access to the team’s image library from multiple departments within the organization, including public relations, sales, corporate partnerships, scoreboard operations, publications, design services, and marketing. Implementation is underway for Portfolio NetPublish Server which will allow outside partners, vendors or sponsors access to White Sox images via a dynamic website.

An Extensis customer since 1999, the White Sox organization began the implementation of Portfolio as a solution for the team photographer to manage the hundreds of images collected during each game. Before long, Portfolio Server was installed, enabling dozens of additional users to access the photographs without requiring the photographer to find and manually distribute them.

“When people learned how easy it was to access my images using Portfolio, it took a lot of the work off of my back and allowed our departments to self-manage themselves in regards to the photographs they required,” said White Sox team photographer, Ron Vesely. “I would always rather work smart than hard, and Portfolio helps me work smart.”

In addition to facilitating the internal distribution of images, Portfolio is also used for external distribution of images to partners, sponsors, and members of the press. Using Portfolio’s email feature, it is easy to email original files, or dynamically generate low-resolution preview files, directly from within the program.

“It can be hard to quantify value when it comes to a sponsorship deal. Using Portfolio, the White Sox are able to easily show our partners photographic documentation of what their sponsorship includes,” reports Jorie Sax, coordinator of corporate partnerships for the White Sox. “Portfolio has been in the organization since I was hired and I can’t imagine not having it.”

The Chicago White Sox are just one of the many professional sports teams to use Portfolio for its digital asset management needs, including the Milwaukee Brewers, the Cleveland Indians, the Texas Rangers, and the St. Louis Cardinals.

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Free update adds support for Intel based Macs as well as improved performance and stability for Portfolio 8.

Extensis, a division of Celartem Inc., today released a free update to Portfolio 8 – the leading Digital Asset Management (DAM) solution for creative professionals. This update is a Universal Application, adding native support for Intel-based Macintosh systems. The free update supports Portfolio single-user, Portfolio Client, Portfolio Server, Portfolio NetPublish, Portfolio NetPublish for Server, Portfolio SQL-Connect and Portfolio Browser. This is a Macintosh only update.

Registered owners of Portfolio 8 are eligible to receive the free upgrade immediately through the Extensis website at

“Extensis welcomes Apple’s move to Intel and has already successfully enabled our Suitcase Fusion product to work within an Intel-based Mac computing environment,” said Martin Stein, Director of Product Management for Extensis. “Releasing this UA version of the entire Portfolio 8 product family was the logical next step for Extensis to support its customer base and provide leading technology solutions for creative professionals.”

Some of the thousands of companies with multi-workgroup implementations of Portfolio Server include: Christian Aid, Conair Corporation, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Ducati Motors, MTV Networks, Chicago White Sox, REI and Young & Rubicam.

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Free update adds improved performance, increased enhancement and further support functionality for Suitcase Fusion.

Extensis, a division of Celartem Inc., today released a free update to Suitcase Fusion – Extensis’ next-generation, single-user font manager. This update adds native support for Intel-based Macintosh and PowerPC systems. Extensis also adds support for Apple’s Migration Assistant and enhanced AppleScript support for Suitcase Fusion. Additionally, Suitcase Fusion now includes a Competitive Products Manager feature for eliminating unexpected font management issues and has added a Transportable Font Vault for empowering moveable backups of a user’s font library, including custom metadata.

Registered owners of Suitcase Fusion are eligible to receive the free upgrade immediately through the Extensis website at

“Extensis is excited to release Suitcase Fusion as a Universal Application, bringing the best performance to both Intel and PowerPC-based Macs,” said Martin Stein, Director of Product Management for Extensis. “As an organization focused on its customers, it was imperative to deliver these performance-driven updates. We are focused on providing the same quality update for our digital asset management product, Portfolio, in the near future.”

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Free XTensions software for Suitcase Fusion, Suitcase Server, and Font Reserve Server enable automatic activation of fonts in QuarkXPress 7.

Extensis, a division of Celartem, Inc., and Quark Inc. today announced that Extensis is now offering QuarkXPress 7 XTensions modules for all Extensis font-management products, providing the world?s most advanced font activation and deactivation for QuarkXPress 7. The XTensions software ensures that any time users open a QuarkXPress 7 project, fonts are automatically and accurately activated or deactivated. The modules extend support to the Suitcase Fusion Single User, Suitcase Server X1, and Font Reserve Server 1.7.4 font-management products.

“QuarkXPress continues to be a leading layout and design solution for creative professionals,? said Brian Berson, vice president of corporate solutions for Extensis. He added that a key need for QuarkXPress users is the ability to ensure that the same font they designate in a project is activated each time they open the file. “Extensis’ professional font managers equip QuarkXPress users with the only font-management solutions that ensure the correct font will be automatically activated every time,? he said.

The ability to automatically activate and deactivate fonts is possible through the power of the Extensis Font Sense technology. Font Sense ensures a smooth workflow by identifying, locating, and activating the exact fonts used in a document. Because of this one-of-a-kind technology, Extensis font managers no longer simply identify fonts by name; they create unique identifiers that guarantee font fidelity. This technology enables Extensis to offer the only font managers that can successfully manage multiple fonts with the same name to ensure that an application can activate the exact version of a font. Font Sense is available in Suitcase Fusion and Font Reserve and allows for true font identification in QuarkXPress documents.

“Font Sense is an ideal complement to QuarkXPress 7,? said Richard Pasewark, senior vice president of sales and marketing at Quark. “Extensis and Quark share a desire to improve creative workflows; together these products help design and print professionals move toward an error-free workflow.?

The free XTensions modules for QuarkXPress 7 are available now for download from the Extensis Web site. The Suitcase Fusion XTensions module for QuarkXPress 7 and the Font Reserve Server Client XTensions module for QuarkXPress 7 are available for QuarkXPress 7 or QuarkXPress Passport 7 and run on PowerPC-based Mac OS systems. The Suitcase Server X1 Client XTensions module for QuarkXPress 7 will be available by the end of this quarter.

Later this year, Extensis will release its Universal Application XTensions software, which will run on both Intel- and PowerPC-based Mac OS systems. The Extensis font-management XTensions software for QuarkXPress 7 is available in English, French, and German.

Download the Extensis font-management XTensions software for QuarkXPress 7 from the Extensis Web site at For more information about the Suitcase Fusion XTensions module for QuarkXPress 7, visit the Extensis Web site at For more information about the Suitcase Server X1 Client XTensions software for QuarkXPress 7, visit the Extensis Web site at For more information about the Font Reserve Server Client XTensions software for QuarkXPress 7, visit the Extensis Web site at

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Free update includes added RAW camera and MS Office support for digital asset management needs.

Extensis, a division of Celartem Inc., today released two free updates to Portfolio 8 – the leading Digital Asset Management (DAM) solution for creative professionals. These updates include two file format support filters, which add support for Microsoft Office allowing users to catalog, find and view files from Microsoft Word and Excel on the Windows platform. Additionally, Extensis has added support for 22 new camera Raw formats on both Mac and Windows versions of Portfolio. Registered owners of Portfolio 8 are eligible to receive the free upgrades immediately through the Extensis website at

“These free updates demonstrate Extensis’ commitment to supporting the file formats that matter most to our customers,? said Dan Harlacher, Extensis Portfolio product manager. “We added MS Office support and updated the Portfolio Raw Filter so that our customers can more effectively utilize Portfolio in their daily workflow from cataloging to finding to viewing the files and images that are most critical in their day-to-day business.?

The Portfolio Raw Filter 3 update adds support for the following cameras, bringing the total number of supported professional digital cameras to more than 80.

Canon 5D Pentax *ist DL
Canon 1D Mark II n   Pentax *ist DS2
Nikon D50   Sony DSC-R1
Nikon D70s   Leaf Valeo 11
Nikon D200   Leaf Valeo 17
Olympus E500   Leaf Valeo 22
Olympus SP310   Leaf Aptus 17
Olympus SP350   Leaf Aptus 22
Olympus SP500UZ   Leaf Aptus 65
Epson R-D1   Leaf Aptus 75
Konica-Minolta Maxxum 5D    
Konica-Minolta Maxxum A200    

For a complete list of supported file types please visit:
The Portfolio Raw Filter is powered by technology from Bibble Labs, one of the leading developers of raw image processing software.

“Raw support is more important than ever, and we are proud to continue our relationship with Extensis to develop and use our industry-leading Raw processing engine,? said Eric Hyman, President of Bibble Labs.

Some of the more than 4000 companies with multi-workgroup implementations of Portfolio Server include: Christian Aid, Conair Corporation, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Ducati Motors, MTV Networks, REI and Young & Rubicam.

Pricing and Availability
The Raw Filter and MS Office updates for Portfolio are immediately available via download from the Extensis website and is free of charge for registered Portfolio 8 users. Portfolio 8 is available for a suggested retail price of $199.95US for full product.

French and German language versions of the Portfolio update are also available now for download from the Extensis website. Japanese language versions of the Portfolio update are available from

For information on where to purchase the Portfolio family of products visit

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Release of digital asset management solution — Portfolio 8 — fuels record sales for Extensis.

Extensis, a division of Celartem Inc., today announced sales for its digital asset management (DAM) solution – Portfolio, have surpassed Extensis’ existing record for quarterly net revenue. Extensis finished the 2005 calendar year with a 39 percent growth over the preceding year for Portfolio sales while increasing the product’s total corporate workgroup revenue 204 percent over the same period.

“Extensis is encouraged by its strong financial performance coming into 2006,” said Kevin Hurst, Vice President of Marketing for Extensis. “We have worked very hard to service the growing needs of creative professionals through the release of Portfolio 8 at the end of last year. Our continued investment and commitment to this market has brought us profitability, gold-standard products and exceptional customer service for our users.”

Extensis purchased the very first digital asset management program, then titled Aldus Fetch®, from Adobe® in1996. After a complete engineering rewrite, the product was re-launched under the Extensis brand as Portfolio. In the past decade, Extensis has added cross-platform parity, engineered a workgroup focused, Server-based solution and has been awarded a patent from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Most recently, Extensis shipped version 8 of the Portfolio product family earning a much-coveted “Best in Show” award at the 2005 MacExpo event in the United Kingdom.

“Celartem is very pleased with Extensis’ dramatic impact on the digital asset management market,” said Carlos Domingo, CEO of Celartem Inc. “Extensis continues to deliver quality products and break sales records. In fact, we have seen the Portfolio product line more than double its annual revenue since we acquired Extensis in 2002.”

Extensis also develops and sells the top selling professional font management products Suitcase Server, Suitcase Fusion and Font Reserve Server. Extensis’ current customers include the cream of the crop in advertising, publishing, services and manufacturing. Included, among many others, are Fed-Ex, Ducati Motors, Pearson Publishing, Hallmark, MTV Networks and Ogilvy & Mather.

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