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Adobe Delivers Acrobat Reader and Adobe PDF for Leading Mobile Phone Platform
Posted: 05-Aug-2002 [Source: Adobe press release]

[Adobe announces availability of Acrobat Reader for Symbian OS allowing viewing of PDF files on data-enabled mobile handsets.]

San Jose, Calif. -- Adobe Systems Incorporated, the leader in network publishing, today announced the public beta availability of Acrobat Reader for Symbian OS, a new software application that provides mobile professionals and others the flexibility to view Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) files on data-enabled mobile phones. The product, which builds on the company's vision to drive delivery of compelling content regardless of platform or device, is immediately available free of charge from the Adobe.com Web site at http://www.adobe.com/symbianbeta.

Acrobat Reader for Symbian OS extends the value of award-winning Adobe Acrobat(r) 5.0 software by allowing enterprises the freedom to share a wide range of Adobe PDF documents on a third prominent mobile device platform. Acrobat Reader products for Palm OS(r) and Pocket PC handheld computers, available for several months, have already collectively surpassed two million downloads from the Adobe.com site. The latest Acrobat Reader product is initially offered for the Nokia 9290 Communicator and Nokia 9210 Communicator, and provides Symbian OS phone users access to Adobe PDF files they download from the Web, receive by email or transfer from a personal computer.

"We have been working with leading content application providers to make Symbian OS phones more attractive to mobile enterprise users," said Jerry Panagrossi, Director of the Symbian Technology Partner Program. "As a result of our close working relationship with Adobe, we are delighted to see its compelling application now available on Symbian OS phones, providing business users the ability to read PDF documents wherever and whenever they need."

"The Nokia 9290 Communicator and Nokia 9210 Communicator bring the best of wireless communication together, and allow business professionals to be effective anytime, anywhere," said Darrell Sagehorn, Director of Business Applications, Nokia. "The ubiquitous nature of Adobe PDF files on the Web and email make Acrobat Reader one of the essential tools for sharing information across an extended enterprise of mobile workers. We're sure Nokia customers will be delighted about the added utility Adobe's product provides them."

Acrobat Reader for Symbian OS enables users to read, navigate and search graphically rich Adobe PDF documents -- including those secured with measures like password protection -- in their original format or re-flowed to fit the width of a wireless device screen. Adobe PDF files created using Acrobat 5.0, Adobe InDesign(r) 2.0, Adobe FrameMaker(r) 7.0 and Adobe PageMaker(r) 7.0 will offer the best reading experience on Symbian OS phones because they are automatically tagged with information on page structure and organization. This allows for easier and more reliable text re-flow on a wireless device.

Pricing and Availability

The public beta of Acrobat Reader for Symbian OS is immediately available free of charge for the Nokia 9290 Communicator and Nokia 9210 Communicator. Acrobat Reader for Symbian OS requires a Symbian OS phone with minimum available memory of 1.3 MB. The shipping product will be offered in English only and is expected to be available by the end of the current calendar year. Support for other languages is expected in future versions. For more information, please visit http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/acrrmobiledevices.html.

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