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Subject:PRESS RELEASE FrameMaker 5.5/IsoDraw From:"Michael J. Maloney" <mmaloney -at- EPIC-ISTI -dot- COM> Date:Wed, 20 Aug 1997 10:59:12 -0400
NOTICE: This posting is approved by Eric J. Ray. The sender is Michael J.
Maloney, an IsoDraw reseller/trainer.
Adobe and IsoDraw Provide Powerful Solution for Standards-based Graphics in
Adobe FrameMaker 5.5 and FrameMaker 5.5+SGML to Include IsoDraw Technology
for Key Graphics Standards San Jose, CA - August 4, 1997 - Adobe Systems
Incorporated and The IsoDraw Company announced today that The IsoDraw
Company will provide Adobe with several important graphics technologies for
use in Adobe(r) FrameMaker(r) software and other products. The two companies
will also be cooperating in marketing Adobe FrameMaker software and The
IsoDraw Company's flagship technical illustration program, isoDraw™,
to the technical documentation market.
CGM Graphics Standard Now Available to Adobe FrameMaker 5.5 Users Customers
in industries that produce high volumes of documentation with large numbers
of technical graphics have been frustrated by the lack of support for CGM
(Computer Graphics Metafile) graphics in today's publishing systems. CGM is
the ISO (International Standards Organization) standard 2D graphics format
defined for use with SGML. CGM has been widely adopted as a graphics
standard by industries such as aerospace, automotive, defense, oil & gas,
heavy equipment, machine tools, rail equipment, and telecommunications. With
the release of Adobe FrameMaker 5.5 and FrameMaker 5.5+SGML software,
customers will for the first time have a robust publishing product that is
fully integrated with the latest CGM graphics capabilities. "Customers
creating documents in industries that have SGML and CGM standards
requirements frequently rely on multiple, incompatible tools that result in
incomplete solutions," said Paul Anderson, vice president and general
manager of Adobe's Publishing Division. "With the integration of IsoDraw and
FrameMaker software, customers now have an off-the-shelf solution that
supports the broadest range of SGML and CGM standards, making it easier and
more cost-effective to create and publish content that meet industry
requirements." "We currently use IsoDraw and FrameMaker for our technical
drawing and documentation," said Scott Mason, technical illustrator at John
Deere Corporation. "I am thrilled that Adobe and IsoDraw are collaborating
to provide better support for standards-based graphics in publishing. That
can only make our job easier." "Good CGM graphics support has until now been
a weak area in the SGML authoring market," said Mark Vernon, president of
The IsoDraw Company. "The IsoDraw Company's agreement with Adobe will give a
big boost to the role of graphics in standards-based publishing. And as more
people want to deliver documentation electronically, complete with
interactive graphics, the combination of FrameMaker and IsoDraw will be even
Flexibility and Improved File-Exchange Adobe FrameMaker 5.5 software will
import and export CGM version 1, 2, and 3 graphics using new filters
supplied by The IsoDraw Company. Further, customers who use IsoDraw will
find that FrameMaker 5.5 can read CGM Version 4 files created by IsoDraw.
The new CGM filters in FrameMaker will include support for specific industry
profiles such as CALS (military), ATA (commercial air transport), SAE J2008
(automotive), ISO ISP (general business), and PIP (petrochemical).
"Customers who need high quality technical illustrations for their
documentation will benefit greatly when using FrameMaker together with
IsoDraw," explained Sean Conley, FrameMaker product manager. "Because the
two products will share the same CGM and other import/export filters,
customers can preserve the quality of their graphics in FrameMaker and will
not encounter the difficulties associated with incompatible filters."
Significantly enhanced filters for additional graphics formats used in
technical documentation including IGES, DXF, and HPGL will also be supplied
to Adobe by The IsoDraw Company for inclusion in FrameMaker 5.5. The result
is improved exchange of complex vector graphics between most CAD systems and
About The IsoDraw Company Located in Santa Clara, California, and Siegburg,
Germany, The IsoDraw Company develops and markets the world's leading
technical illustration package, IsoDraw, and related products and services.
Founded in Germany in 1990 as ITEDO Software, the company is committed to
providing high quality, leading-edge graphics software to standards-based
About Adobe Systems, Inc. Based in San Jose, California, Adobe Systems
Incorporated develops and supports products to help people express and use
information in more imaginative and meaningful ways, across all print and
electronic media. Founded in 1982, Adobe helped launch the desktop
publishing revolution. Today, the company offers a market-leading line of
application software and type products for creating and distributing
visually rich communication materials; licenses its industry-standard
technologies to major hardware manufacturers, software developers, and
service providers; and offers integrated software solutions to businesses of
IsoDraw is a trademark of The IsoDraw Company. Adobe, FrameMaker and
FrameMaker+SGML are trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated. All other
trademarks and tradenames are the property of their respective holders and
are hereby acknowledged.
For more information regarding this agreement or IsoDraw, Contact:
Michael J. Maloney
mmaloney -at- epic-isti -dot- com