Friday, May 07, 2004

Jon Udell: Adobe Designer 6.0 preview

Jon Udell: Adobe Designer 6.0 preview "A more descriptive name for Adobe Designer 6.0 might be "InfoPath for PDF." The concept is brilliant: exploit Microsoft's failure to make InfoPath ubiquitous by putting interactivity and XML smarts into Adobe's free PDF viewer, and by offering a forms builder that targets both Adobe Reader and Acrobat. Announced last summer, in beta now, and scheduled for release this summer, Adobe Designer is that forms builder.
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Despite evident weaknesses, the Designer/Reader duo offers two key strengths: digital-paper fidelity, and a ubiquitous runtime. Using the free Reader, I was able to fill out a Designer-built form, print a high-fidelity copy for my records, and post its XML data to a Web server. No matter how the future of e-forms unfolds, that's going to be a popular scenario."
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