Adobe Helps Businesses Juggle Growing Paper Load

SAN MATEO (01/31/2000) - The quest to convert knowledge management documents from paper to digital was forwarded another step today, as Adobe Systems Inc. released both personal and large-business versions of Acrobat Capture 3.0Capture 3.0 Personal Edition, intended for small businesses and personal users, allows 20,000 PDF files to be converted. The Cluster Edition, with unlimited PDFs, runs on a load-balanced cluster of multiple workstations to allow for large volumes of documents -- necessary to convert increasing paper workflow for large business, company officials said.

"Businesses should not be trying to fight paper," said Claude Ezran, director of ePaper Solutions, a subsidiary of Adobe. "They should instead be trying to make paper work better in digital format."

Ezran also said Capture 3.0 is essentially a completely redesigned product from its previous version, citing several new features such as higher-functioning tools, added languages, and increased speeds to keep up with faster scanners.

"The key point is scalability," Ezran said. "(A business) can run Cluster with multiple workstations. You can convert about six pages per minute with individual workstations. As you add workstations to your cluster, they increase the speed so you could convert 100 pages per minute."

Adobe also stressed that it has added a text level to PDFs behind the standard TIFF image. Whereas previously the TIFF image included formatted text, now there is a searchable text layer that can have Meta tags, hyperlinks, and changeable fonts.

"TIFF is not ideal for knowledge documents," Ezran said. "It is essentially an image and you end up with two files, such as another Microsoft Word document, if you try to get the words, and it can vary from the original form of the document. With Capture, the (text) file looks exactly like the original."

PDF files can be optimized for distribution on intranets, the Internet, or published on CD, saving tremendous amounts of paper, space, and time, Ezran added.

"If you took all the manuals of the B-2 bomber, it would weigh more than the bomber itself," Ezran emphasized. "Put that on CD and it is much easier."

The Personal Edition of Adobe Acrobat Capture 3.0 is set at a street price of US$699. The Cluster Edition will sell for an estimated $7,000, according to Ezran.

Adobe Systems Inc., in San Jose, California, is at

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