Adobe to Protect Document Lifecycle

by CXOtoday Staff    Nov 22, 2006

Adobe Systems Incorporated today introduced Adobe LiveCycle Policy Server 7.2, an enterprise rights management (ERM) solution. The solution will protect documents through the entire life cycle - from creation, through distribution and collaboration, to archiving and destruction.

The solution will protect financial, government, and engineering documents or other files across multiple formats including Adobe PDF, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Dassault Syst mes CATIA V5 files.

“Collaboration is the heartbeat of business. Whether working with a colleague in the same building or a partner across the globe, it is crucial to have persistent control of sensitive information wherever it goes,” says David Mendels, senior vice president, Enterprise and Developer Business Unit, Adobe.

Organizations can update or revoke usage rights regardless of where the information is stored or distributed; monitoring document activity captured in an audit trail while conducting business electronically.

This will enable them gain greater return on business intelligence, meet regulatory compliance, and reduce liability exposure. A multi-platform solution enables organizations aggregate group information and check user credentials against existing authentication directories.

Additionally, Adobe LiveCycle Policy Server 7.2 for CATIA (Computer Aided Three Dimensional Interactive Application) offers engineering professionals the ability to apply document-level access and usage controls to Dassault Syst mes CATIA V5R16 engineering and design documents.

CATIA users can apply policies to separate parts of an assembly to require different levels of protection. Adobe LiveCycle Policy Server 7.2 extends back-end systems such as product lifecycle management (PLM) and enterprise content management (ECM) systems to help protect engineering workflows that includes supply chain collaboration and external version control.

Adobe also announced the Adobe Document Center, a hosted service to allow individual knowledge workers protect, control and track PDF, Word and Excel documents via the web. The service provides Policy Server 7.2 functionality directly from Adobe Acrobat 8 software, plug-ins to Word and Excel, and, moving forward, directly from a web-based service.

Adobe LiveCycle Policy Server 7.2 is available immediately. Pricing starts at $100 per author.