Adobe Acrobat Distiller Server 6.0

Adobe Acrobat Distiller Server 6.0 is a server-based .pdf conversion tool. This software will allow an organization to centralize the conversion of documentation into .pdf format. One of the benefits to be gained by doing this is the standardization of documentation into .pdf format. The well known Acrobat .pdf format is designed as a read-only, cross-platform format for documents of all kinds. Because .pdf format is an application of Adobe Postscript technology, moving all documents to .pdf also eliminates the dependency on the abilities to interpret font requests which match the document generator. Recently, more organizations are relying on .pdf also as a first level of security against unauthorized document modification all the time. Since Acrobat® is such a common standard, the enforcement of moving all documents to .pdf format is likely to be an easy request. The Server supports encryption and password protection.

Adobe Acrobat Distiller Server 6.0

Adobe Acrobat Distiller Server 6.0 comes as a solution to the medium to large corporate entity with a medium to large document load. The problems that these organizations are facing regarding document flow and generation include format standardization in those operations which use different operating systems and even within operating systems, when documents are generated to match specific output devices. Increasingly, there is also a problem dealing with the overhead on individual desktop or workstation machines, in generating document output either to other output devices or to convert documents to .pdf.

The Adobe Acrobat Distiller Server 6.0 works as an output server, handling outbound email, fax and print queues. It also integrates with Web applications for presentation of output documents. It concentrates all of these processes by offloading the conversion and distribution processes to itself as a dedicated server and thereby frees the local workstations to go on with other tasks, rather than creating the .pdf at the workstation. In today’s office environment, this represents a significant transfer of workload to a device which operates mostly on its own and doesn’t slow worker interaction doing background conversion and distribution or printing tasks.

System requirements for the Adobe Acrobat Distiller Server 6.0 are minimal: Pentium II with 128 MB RAM (256 recommended), with 245MB Hard Drive to run on Windows® OS; under Solaris OS Adobe also recommends 128 MB RAM (256 recommended), and availability of 150 MB in the install directory, and another 150 in the temporary directory, and; the Linux OS recommendations are the same as the Solaris recommendations. It supports PDF 1.5 specification The Server can act also as a file server/storage sever for the documents, and might even serve as a printer server.

The Adobe Acrobat Distiller Server 6.0 will run on almost any version of Microsoft Windows®, Sun Solaris®, or Linux. The Windows® package is available in English (U.S. and International) as well as French and German. The server is not cheap, retailing at approximately $5,000.00 for the 100 user license and approximately $15,000 for the unlimited user license.

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