Adobe--Life in the PDF Lane
PI: What does this mean to the future of Adobe's product development?
Adobe's Gellman: "Our goal at Adobe is to build products that provide the most competitive and cost-effective solutions to help our customers run their businesses profitably. This is true from the creative all the way through to the printer.
"We accomplish that by listening to the needs of our customers. The scalability of the PostScript language allows us to deliver a full range of reliable printing products from the desktop all the way up to the high-end printing equipment.
"By using products based on the Adobe imaging model, customers are guaranteed a level of reliability and consistency in all aspects of their workflows. It is our goal to deliver products that work well together, thereby helping customers increase their productivity and efficiency."
PI: What is going on with Adobe PostScript 3, now that there is the Extreme architecture?
Adobe's Walker: "Adobe PostScript 3 is still a major segment of Adobe's printing business, and we envision it to continue that way through 1999. Over the past year, we have seen several Adobe PostScript 3 products come to market and, given that Adobe Illustrator, PhotoShop and the next version of PDF all use PostScript 3 operators, we expect the demand for Adobe PostScript 3 printing products to continue in 1999.
"As Adobe PostScript 3 RIPs can be a key component in an Extreme system, our OEMs are able to offer flexible systems to their customers. For example, a customer who has invested in a RIP may upgrade and invest in a complete workflow system to front end their RIP. This is part of the flexibility that Extreme offers, and it is up to our OEM partners to determine the delivery.
"In 1999, we also anticipate Adobe PostScript 3 RIPs being available to drive more devices, both at the low and high end of the spectrum, making reliable printing accessible to more people in more places during the creation through to production printing workflow."