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Global Graphics releases version 4.0 of Jaws PDF Server for cost-effective enterprise-wide PDF creation

Cambridge, UK and Centreville, VA 09/05/2005 02:15:00 PM

- Places powerful and intuitive PDF workflow management in the hands of system administrators - Now features PDF 1.5 support, enhanced Microsoft® Office Macros, full support for Citrix and Windows Terminal Services

Today Global Graphics releases Version 4.0 of Jaws PDF Server™, its powerful server-based software solution that lets system administrators easily create automated PDF workflows that manage the conversion of users’ documents into PDF files for corporate file sharing.

Version 4.0 of Jaws PDF Server gives system administrators and their users the full range of features available in the previous version: high level security, close integration with Microsoft Office for Windows, fast web downloads and accurate color handling; as well as the ability to produce files that are fully compliant with the PDF 1.5 specification. Support for hosting the application on a Citrix server or via Windows Terminal Services has been added. For the first time a self-contained, downloadable evaluation version of the software is available at http://www.jawspdf.com

Jaws PDF Server’s powerful and intuitive drag-and-drop workflow management interface allows administrators to easily specify access and usage parameters among users, and automatically manage a PDF workflow. It provides a cost-effective way of allowing everyone in an organization to create and distribute documents as PDF files.

Key features include:
Administrator interface: A drag-and-drop graphical interface simplifies configuration and workflow administration. Pre-defined or custom PDF settings can be utilized. Jaws PDF Server offers full control over PDF configuration settings and allows users or corporate administrators, who want to impose corporate standards, to pre-define PDF configuration settings. These can be selected at the point of PDF generation. The administrator makes these available as printer drivers or hot folders across different departments within an organization.

Simple PDF creation and enhanced integration with Microsoft Office for Windows: Windows users can convert documents to the PDF format from within almost any application, retaining the exact format, graphics, fonts and color of the original. Users can simply ‘print’ to PDF or click on a toolbar icon that installs in Microsoft® Word and PowerPoint to easily create ‘intelligent’ PDF files which retain features from the original document such as bookmarks and hyperlinks. As users subsequently consolidate other documents to create larger documents in their Document Management System, these enhanced capabilities become very important for building PDF documents that have added value in terms of searching and finding relevant information and navigation capabilities. Mac, Unix and Linux workstations can also ‘print to PDF.’

PDF 1.5 and 128-bit encryption: Jaws PDF Server produces files compliant with the PDF 1.5 specification that can subsequently be used with Jaws PDF Editor™ and Adobe® Acrobat® products. Users can produce and define encrypted PDF files to restrict viewing, editing and printing capabilities in the case of confidential or sensitive documents.

PDF files optimized by proven Global Graphics technology: PDF files produced by Jaws PDF Server can be configured to optimise the file for high-resolution printing, printing on desktop printers, or web publishing.

Balance workloads: Jaws PDF Server can be configured to spread the workload throughout a cluster of servers in a workgroup, increasing productivity and throughput. Different workflows can be set up for different purposes or departments.

Color accuracy in PDF files: for high resolution printing Jaws PDF Server excels at distilling files containing device-independent CIE-based colors that are all stored within the Jaws PDF file. The software also contains reliable font embedding and powerful image compression capabilities.

Companion product: PDF files created using Jaws PDF Server can subsequently be used with Jaws PDF Editor™, giving users flexible comment/mark up capabilities plus the ability to view, search, manipulate, merge and print PDF documents. Jaws PDF Server combined with Jaws PDF Editor provides a powerful tool for high volumes in corporations, and gives users only the functionality that they need at a cost-effective price.

Simple yet scalable to any environment

A server-based software solution, Jaws PDF Server makes it easy for IT system administrators to design and centrally manage any number of distribution procedures according to document destinations. It consists of three modules that integrate to automate and optimise PDF file conversion: SmartInput ™ and Queuer™ control the file input and output paths, while Jaws PDF Creator® creates the optimised PDF files. A drag-and-drop graphical interface simplifies configuration and gives the administrator simple control over jobs coming into the workflow, including changing the job queue and priority, placing jobs on hold and searching jobs. Pre-defined PDF settings are created and the systems administrator can make these available as printer drivers or hot folders across different departments within an organisation. Administrators are able to customize PDF configuration settings allowing companies to standardize on their own PDF settings.

In addition to supporting native applications, Jaws PDF Server can also be used to create powerful PDF workflow solutions where PostScript® language, Encapsulated PostScript (EPS) and TIFF™ files can be placed into hot folders for conversion to optimized PDF files and subsequent distribution.

Compatibility and availability
Jaws PDF Server Version 4.0 expands on previous platform support and includes support for the following server platforms: Windows ® 2000 Server, 2003 Server, XP, Windows 2003 Server running Terminal Services, Windows 2000, Windows 2003 Server running Citrix Metaframe Presentation Server 3.0

Enterprise site licensing program (ESLP)
Jaws PDF Server Version 4.0 is available immediately from Authorized Resellers and Distributors that can be found on http://jawspdf.com Volume discounts are available for corporate and government customers wishing to seat between 25 - 299 users and for education users under the Educational Licensing Program (details at http://jawspdf.com)

Jaws PDF Server is also one of the products available through the Global Graphics ESLP, a simple volume software licensing program. ESLP gives corporate and government customers seating more than 300 desktops access to powerful PDF generation, review, mark-up and assembly capability while significantly reducing the total cost of licensing and maintenance support. The economy is achieved because administrators need not purchase bundled licensing, but can scale the purchase based on the need of each user. The Global Graphics ESLP is available through all Authorized Resellers of Jaws PDF technology or directly through Global Graphics. For a full list of Authorized Resellers and more information on ESLP visit http://www.jawspdf.com

Editor's Notes

A datasheet outlining Jaws PDF Server Version 4.0 can be downloaded from http://www.jawspdf.com under products. A number of screenshots and images can be downloaded from the photo library at http://www.globalgraphics.com/company/news/library/diagrams.html

Jaws PDF Server is available for review. Please email your request to jill.taylor@globalgraphics.com

About Global Graphics: Global Graphics Software (http://www.globalgraphics.com) is the technology expert for open document and print solutions committed to the continuous development of industry standards. It is a leading developer and supplier of sophisticated high performance RIPs, PDF document, workflow and color solutions mostly to a customer base of Independent Hardware Vendors, system integrators, software developers and resellers. These partners include the world's leading vendors of digital pre-press systems, large-format color printers, color proofing systems, copiers and printers for the corporate and SOHO markets and software applications. Jaws PDF creation tools have been developed since the format’s inception in 1993. Global Graphics Software is a subsidiary of Global Graphics S.A. (Euronext:GLOG)

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