Executive Summary

By John Taschek  |  Posted 2003-01-27 Print this article Print

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Usability Fair
Capability Good
Performance Excellent
Interoperability Good
Manageability Good
Scalability Excellent
Security Good
Document Server takes electronic publishing to the next level—as long as customers use a bevy of Adobe products and can pay for integrating the product with back-end systems.


At $20,000 per processor, Document Server falls in line with pricing for most critical middleware and midtier server software systems. Most midsize corporations can run Document Server on a single-processor system, but large organizations with heavy document loads may need more. In the meantime, Adobes $1.5 million Document Server for Reader Extensions has a target audience of two: the IRS and the USDA.

(+) Automates electronic publishing of complex documents; excellent performance; standards-based; can pass form data to a back-end system; tight integration with other Adobe products.

(-) Does not support Adobe InDesign; not integrated with visual development tools; expensive, especially Document Server for Reader Extensions.

  • Cardiff Software Inc.s LiquidOffice and LiquidPDF
  • Custom solutions
  • Apache FOP (an XSL-FO-to-PDF competitor)
  • Documentum Inc.s Documentum
  • Macromedia Inc.s Shockwave
  • Several open-source projects, including OpenJade
  • www.adobe.com

    As the director of eWEEK Labs, John manages a staff that tests and analyzes a wide range of corporate technology products. He has been instrumental in expanding eWEEK Labs' analyses into actual user environments, and has continually engineered the Labs for accurate portrayal of true enterprise infrastructures. John also writes eWEEK's 'Wide Angle' column, which challenges readers interested in enterprise products and strategies to reconsider old assumptions and think about existing IT problems in new ways. Prior to his tenure at eWEEK, which started in 1994, Taschek headed up the performance testing lab at PC/Computing magazine (now called Smart Business). Taschek got his start in IT in Washington D.C., holding various technical positions at the National Alliance of Business and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. There, he and his colleagues assisted the government office with integrating the Windows desktop operating system with HUD's legacy mainframe and mid-range servers.

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