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Adobe introduces new enterprise technology to bridge critical paper-to-digital gap in forms workflows

  • 12 March, 2004 15:08

<p>Adobe Systems has announced a new forms processing solution that extends the Adobe Intelligent Document Platform with proven 2-D barcode technology to transform the way enterprises and governments manage paper forms workflows. Harnessing the strengths of Adobe PDF and ubiquity of Adobe Reader software, Adobe’s new barcode-enabled forms solution will help organisations reduce the costs and errors associated with manual data entry and provide a unified environment to support both paper and electronic forms processes.</p>
<p>This new document services technology, the latest addition to Adobe’s Intelligent Document Platform, will help customers eliminate the need for manual data entry while managing high-volume, paper forms processes such as tax returns, voter registration documents, account applications, and change of address requests.</p>
<p>The Adobe solution will enable organisations to create Adobe PDF forms that include 2-D barcodes, technology that captures significantly more information than a traditional, one-dimensional barcode. Once distributed to customers or constituents via the Web, email or CD-ROM, the forms can be completed on or offline using the free, widely distributed Adobe Reader. As end users complete form fields, the 2-D barcode dynamically encodes the data in a format specified by the form author. Once completed and printed by the user, forms can be submitted by mail or fax. Upon receipt, organisations simply scan the barcode to capture the form data and deliver it to a back-end system for processing.</p>
<p>“This new technology will help solve an immediate, costly problem facing enterprises and governments worldwide,” said Peter Doolan, Business Development Manager, Government &amp; Enterprise. “Because of regulatory requirements, equal access mandates and legacy system challenges, many of our customers are forced to instruct clients or constituents to submit forms on paper. Utilising this new solution, organisations will now have faster access to more accurate data and, with PDF at the core of their investment, they will only need one environment to process paper and electronic forms.”</p>
<p>To author barcode-enabled PDF forms, enterprises and governments will use Adobe Acrobat 6.0 Professional software with a plug-in or a future version of Adobe Designer software. To enable end users to fill out and print forms, organisations will harness the more than half-a-billion copies of Adobe Reader distributed to date. Adobe Document Server for Reader Extensions can be utilised to embed additional rights in the PDF forms prior to distribution, providing Adobe Reader users access to additional functionality. Organisations will scan the completed forms and use an Adobe decode server or legacy system to capture the information and supply it to a back-end system for processing.</p>
<p>The barcode-enabled forms solution will be piloted during 2004 and available by the end of the current calendar year through Adobe’s server product line. Pricing will be announced with availability in the second half of 2004. For more information on Adobe’s enterprise solutions, please visit</p>
<p>About Adobe Systems Incorporated</p>
<p>Adobe helps people and businesses communicate better through its world-leading digital imaging, design and document technology platforms for consumers, creative professionals and enterprises. Adobe’s revenue in the last fiscal year exceeded $1 billion. For more information about Adobe, visit</p>
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