Adobe Pulls Plug on FedEx Kinko’s Tie-in
SAN JOSE, CA—Adobe quietly announced Wednesday that it was removing the “Send to FedEx Kinko’s” menu option from its Reader and Acrobat applications. The FedEx Kinko’s function will be omitted from the Reader and Acrobat versions that are to be released in October.
Adobe cited time needed to write and test the version 8.1 software, thus the delay in the updated release.
The decision came following a discovery meeting held by Adobe, in which analysts and users condemned the decision to partner with FedEx Kinko’s at the expense of many longtime Adobe customers. Many printing organizations, including PIA/GATF and NAPL, publicly denounced what it viewed as a disloyal move on Adobe’s part. Earlier this week, both associations lauded Adobe’s decision to nix the “send to” function.
As for FedEx Kinko’s, it will begin distributing a version of Adobe Reader that retains the “send to FedEx Kinko’s” functionality to its customers at the time Adobe releases 8.1.