Adobe back to bet on software for reading ebooks

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Adobe Systems introduced the beta version of Digital Editions, a RIA (Rich Internet Application) application for managing and reading ebooks, magazines, newspapers and other content in digital format. The application is a software free that works like a add-in Flash Player 9. This application allows you to read PDF pages and XHTML format content.

The company claims that Digital Editions allows an innovative experience for users, since, in addition to promoting the capabilities that previous versions included, the beta version has interactivity with Flash and rich media, in addition to being compatible with edition 8 of the Adobe Acrobat and Reader programs. In this way, content publishers can improve their offerings by combining text with videos and animation in flash, producing what Adobe calls «next generation content».

Digital Editions will integrate a new content authorization service based on Adobe’s LiveCycle Policy Server, Digital Editions Protection Service, which secures the copyright of publications without users having to stop accessing them.

The beta version is free and will be available for downloadinitially for Windows only. Mac and Linux versions will be available later. In the future, Adobe intends to extend this offer to other mobile devices.

Adobe says that for the beta and the final version – which will come out at the beginning of next year – to work correctly, it is necessary to use Windows XP Service Pack 2, 500 MHz processor, 128 MB of RAM and a screen with a resolution of 1024×768.

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