Adobe Unveils Digital Editions Public Beta
Adobe Systems Inc. introduced the public beta of Adobe Digital Editions, a Rich Internet Application (RIA) for digital publishing. With native support for Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) as well as an XHTML-based reflow-centric publication format, Digital Editions delivers a way to acquire, read and manage content, including e-books, digital magazines, digital newspapers and other digital publications. Initially available as a free public beta for Windows, Digital Editions will support Macintosh systems as a universal binary application, Linux platforms, as well as mobile phones and other embedded devices in future versions.
“Adobe Digital Editions builds on the ubiquitous reach of PDF and Flash and will further energize the e-book and digital publishing market,” said Shantanu Narayen, president and chief operating officer at Adobe. “By creating a specialized, consumer-friendly application like Digital Editions, Adobe is ensuring publishers can securely deliver high-impact content to the widest possible audience, across hardware platforms, operating systems and devices.”
Digital Editions builds on the Adobe e-book capabilities that were integrated into previous versions of Adobe Reader and adds the ability to incorporate Flash interactivity and rich media, enabling publishers to create next-generation digital publications.
Digital Editions’ support for Flash SWF will enable new levels of interactivity and rich media delivery. The Digital Editions beta includes integration with Adobe Acrobat 8 and Reader 8, which can install and launch Digital Editions from within their user interface.
Version 1.0 is expected to be available in early 2007.