Adobe Readies New Servers, Services, Tools

Adobe announces plans that indicate the software company is gearing up to take on all challengers.

CHICAGO—Adobe Systems showed off new and upcoming technology that will take the company into new areas and propel it further along in areas where it competes with key industry players.

At its Adobe Max 2007 conference here on Oct. 2, Adobe chief software architect Kevin Lynch, laid out the companies plans for delivering new technology across the board to better enable the companies core audience—designers and developers—to do their jobs.

"Whether its clients, servers, services or tooling, the Adobe team is just firing on all cylinders," Lynch said.

One of the most well-received new technologies, based on audience applause and hoots, was Adobes new tool for designers that creates applications without writing any code. The technology is codenamed "Thermo."

"We have some of the best tools in the world, but I think we can do even better," Lynch said, and introduced Mark Anders and Steven Heintz to demonstrate Thermo.

"Designers dont work like developers, so we wanted to make it easier for designers to actually build applications and it makes it really intuitive for designers to build rich internet applications and do it without writing any code," Anders said.

Thermo provides a seamless workflow for developers working with Flex Builder, Heintz said.

"Were trying to make it so that designers dont have to change the way they work—and that what they give developers makes more sense," Anders said. Heintz said developers and designers can "expect something" next year regarding Thermo.


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Meanwhile, also at Max, Lynch explained how Adobe is getting more into the SAAS (software as a service) arena, and the company highlighted four services it plans to bring to market.

The first is Scene7. Adobe acquired Scene7, an innovator in real-time rich media delivery services in May. At the time Adobe announced plans to offer and expand Scene7s interactive publishing services as it extends the online presence of its flagship creative technologies.

Doug Mack, who was Scene7s CEO and is now vice president of Creative Solutions Services at Adobe, took the stage to describe Adobes plans for the Scene7 service. He said Adobe is taking the Scene7 rich media publishing system and providing automation and enabling the creation of enhanced Website experiences.

Mack said Scene7 delivers a "dynamically rendered single master image."

While the companys creative suite was the primary entry into the system, "we fill the gap between the content and the viewers," which can be achieved through a simple URL call into the pages, Mack said.

Scene7 is able to share content via an "image portal" or a URL. And "its delivered as SAAS," he said. "If you want to share content with others, its a simple URL call.

The Scene7 on-demand solution gives business users the control to upload, manage, enhance and publish dynamic rich content with minimal IT support. And the platform delivers unlimited variations from master imagery, Mack said. He then demonstrated the use of Scene7 on a Web site the company did for QVC.

Scene7 will be a hosted solution from Adobe and will take advantage of the AIR (Adobe Integrated Runtime) technology.

"This is going to revolutionize the way people interact with a Web site," Mack said. "Beyond this were going to embrace the notion of cross media workflow —as in print, Web and video."

Moreover, "next year well launch a Web self-service offering so people can go on and sign up and use the service," Mack said.

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