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Adobe releases Digital Editons 1.0

updated 08:40 am EDT, Tue June 19, 2007

Adobe Digital Editons 1.0

Adobe on Tuesday released Adobe Digital Editions 1.0, a new software application built for acquiring, managing and reading eBooks, digital newspapers, and other digital publications. Available as a free download for Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X, the software enables publishers to deliver a new digital reading experience: built as a lightweight, Rich Internet Application (RIA), the software works both online and offline, and supports PDF and XHTML--based content as well as Flash SWF for rich interactivity.

By using a new export feature built into Adobe InDesign CS3, publishers can easily create new Adobe Digital Editions-ready content. Adobe, which plans versions for mobile platforms and reading devices, said that Sony has committed to embed Adobe Digital Editions technology into its portable reader product line. The software, which was downloaded more 300,000 times during the company's public beta testing, integrates with Adobe Acrobat 8 and Adobe Reader 8 applications for easy installation within Adobe's products.

Delivering native support for Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) and XML-based publications, Adobe said that Digital Editions already works seamlessly with more than 150,000 commercially published titles: content automatically re-flows, adapting to different screen sizes and that Digital Editions offers support for Adobe Flash software for integration of rich audio and video.

In addition, Digital Editions now enables users to annotate content through bookmarks, highlights and text notes. A library view offers advanced organization with multiple bookshelves, while "a slick new user interface" enhances zooming and the overall reading experience, the company said. It also supports IDPF Open Publication Standard (OPS) for XHTML-based re-flowable eBooks.

Adobe also introduced Digital Editions Protection Technology (ADEPT), a new, hosted content protection service to protect content: ADEPT supports the company's Adobe Content Server (ACS) technology and protects both PDF and reflow-centric OPS XML eBooks. The technology supports a variety of purchase and lending business models, including library lending, subscription, and ad-supported models.

Adobe Digital Editions 1.0 will be publicly unveiled at the O'Reilly Tools of Change Conference in San Jose on June 19. It is available now for Windows and Mac systems, while editions for Linux platforms and localized versions in French, German, Japanese, Korean and Chinese are expected to be available in the second half of 2007. It runs on Mac OS X 10.3.9 (PowerPC systems only) or Mac OS X 10.4.8 (both PowerPC and Intel systems) and supports both Safari 2.0 and Firefox 2.0 on the Mac. (Safari for Windows is not supported.)

by MacNN Staff



  1. JacquesDav

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Downloaded, installed, and taken out for a spin.

    Not sure I understand the niche this product is supposed to fill. At first glance it appears to be another way to spin the PDF Reader. only with somewhat less versatility or flexibility. Definitely a work in progress, but it'll have to do a better job of differentiating itself before it makes any positive impression on me. Perhaps it's just a plain old Adobe stab at inventing a new proprietary format it can covet and protect, forcing others to adopt. Try opening one of the Digital Editions with Adobe Acrobat Reader! It's all becoming clear to me now, the old Microsoft Borg assimilation trick... or is it re-inventing the wheel? Whatever their strategic marketing plan, it's pretty fuzzy to me at the moment.

    Oh, and it doesn't display type over embedded images very well, not really acceptable for a 1.00 release from Adobe. I'd expect lower-level residual bugs, but not a display error. And, where's the zoom... don't care what the strategy is, I want a zoom. Love the on the fly resize though... but doesn't Acrobat Reader have this already as well?

    Good luck Adobe... I'm a die-hard loyal life-long fan, but Digital Editions gets an "I'll wait and see..." from me.

  1. coffeetime

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Maybe Adobe is recycling the staffs from Macromedia.

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