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Adobe Advances the LiveCycle Platform

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New Server Software Enables Customers to Automate and Transform People-Centric Business Processes

SAN JOSE, Calif. Sept. 6, 2005 Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced significant enhancements to its Adobe LiveCycle server platform. Available now, new Adobe LiveCycle software tightly integrates document services to automate people-centric processes for improving customer communications, increasing internal efficiencies and helping meet compliance initiatives.

Adobe LiveCycle makes it easier for governments, financial service institutions and manufacturers to deploy solutions that effectively create, capture and integrate information across the extended enterprise. LiveCycle now delivers visual assembly of process automation applications without the need for programming. In addition, LiveCycle now includes Business Activity Monitoring (BAM) for visibility into business processes, better integration of document security and control capabilities, and the ability to integrate data from two-dimensional (2D) barcoded forms for paper-to-electronic automation.

Ameriprise Financial, an Adobe LiveCycle customer and one of the nation's leading asset management and insurance companies, uses the new LiveCycle software to provide its client advisors with desktop access to an easy to use system of business and services forms. "We selected the Adobe LiveCycle platform to streamline the process of opening and servicing new business accounts," says Steven Guida, vice president of service delivery operations for Ameriprise Financial, Inc, formerly American Express Financial Advisors. "We chose the Adobe LiveCycle server platform because of the breadth and depth of its functionality, and Adobe's clear strategic vision in the forms automation and workflow space."

The new LiveCycle visual assembly capabilities include a new workflow designer and more than 50 Quick Process Action Components (QPACs) for an intuitive way to build applications that automate document processes. QPACs enable easy drag and drop integration of steps in a process, such as routing tasks to a user, sending an e-mail, or integrating with backend systems. Key technology from Celequest Corporation, a leader in operational performance technology, is the foundation for LiveCycle's new BAM solution that measures and manages workflow performance through customizable dashboards for monitoring business process. In addition, a significant update to the Adobe 2D barcoded forms solution unifies paper to electronic document processes more efficiently.

Also, the Adobe LiveCycle document security and control capabilities enable organizations to achieve greater levels of authenticity, integrity, privacy and confidentiality of documents. Customers can apply digital signatures to Adobe PDF files, publish certified documents, add controls that expressly define who can open, view, print and copy, and dynamically revoke or expire documents. Now, tighter integration allows customers to apply these capabilities at different points in the workflow providing more control over applying policy and rules of a business process.

Some of the largest financial services companies in the world are using the Adobe LiveCycle platform. For example, the nation's largest tax preparer H&R Block uses LiveCycle for increasing internal efficiencies during tax season. "H&R Block has leveraged the Adobe LiveCycle server platform to automate forms processing related to hiring up to 120,000 part-time employees during tax season," said Neal Shaw, chief architect for H&R Block Information Technology. "Applicants can download and complete forms electronically using the free Adobe Reader software. By using electronic forms we can automatically capture and integrate the application data into our back-end systems. The Adobe LiveCycle server platform is improving accuracy and increasing internal efficiencies, while creating a more friendly experience for our job applicants."

Adobe LiveCycle

Adobe LiveCycle is a server platform that automates document processes. The software is built on a common server architecture based on Java 2 Enterprise Edition and XML, allowing for easy integration into enterprise infrastructures by providing Java APIs and support for Web services protocols. Adobe LiveCycle runs on BEA WebLogic, IBM WebSphere and JBoss. The servers run on IBM AIX, Microsoft Windows Server, and Sun Solaris. Support for Red Hat Linux and the Novell SUSE LINUX platform are planned for this fall. Adobe LiveCycle supports industry standards such as XML and Web services enabling customers to deploy document services in today's service oriented architectures.

As part of this release, Adobe now offers tools, documentation, support, pre-configured hosted trials and more to enterprise developers through the LiveCycle Developer Center on Adobe.com. Beginning September 19, for a subscription fee of US $1495 for one year, developers can receive access to Adobe LiveCycle software, support for building custom applications and regular communications from the Adobe engineering and developer teams.

Pricing and Availability

Significant updates to Adobe LiveCycle software, including the new Adobe LiveCycle Workflow software are available now and can be purchased as stand-alone offerings, by CPU or by user (see www.adobe.com/enterprise for more details). Pricing for components of the LiveCycle platform starts at US $50K.

About Adobe Systems Incorporated

Adobe is the world's leading provider of software solutions to create, manage and deliver high-impact, reliable digital content. For more information, visit www.adobe.com .

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