Today we have more news to communicate about Adobe’s 3D technology business. As I mentioned in my blog post in May, Adobe is committed to providing a set of strong, broad platform technologies on which our partners can build vertical-specific solutions, as well as working with vertical-focused partners that can bring 3D technology to our combined customers.
To that end, PROSTEP AG today announced it has signed a definitive agreement to license technology from Adobe for development of a 3D translation server product. Additionally, PROSTEP has a license to resell Adobe LiveCycle PDF Generator 3D ES2 until a PROSTEP replacement product is offered. The interim product will be named PROSTEP PDF Generator 3D for Adobe LiveCycle ES2. Similar to Tech Soft 3D, PROSTEP is a long-term Adobe partner with extensive experience in the manufacturing industry, and is a leading solution provider for PLM integration, product data exchange and integration of enterprise systems into a single, overall PLM process.
As with our Tech Soft 3D partnership, we believe our customers will benefit from Adobe’s partnership with PROSTEP through their global presence, as well as their commitment to provide long-term support for Adobe’s enterprise customers in the aerospace, defense and automotive segments where LiveCycle PDF Generator 3D ES2 has been adopted. One of the most important capabilities we considered when partnering with PROSTEP was their ability to support the integration of multiple enterprise systems, including PDM, CRM and ERP systems, with server-based 3D PDF translation solutions. We know PROSTEP has strong experience with supporting enterprise customers and integrating disparate enterprise systems together.
Of course, current customers of LiveCycle PDF Generator ES2 may have questions about how they will be affected by the transition of responsibilities to PROSTEP. Adobe will continue to provide support to current customers on LiveCycle PDF Generator 3D ES, and PROSTEP will be able to assist those who wish to receive the latest version (LiveCycle PDF Generator 3D ES2).
Additionally, I’d like to emphasize that Adobe is committed to the future development of the LiveCycle platform, and Adobe believes that there are several benefits for manufacturing customers who use LiveCycle document services such as LiveCycle Reader Extensions, Rights Management, and Forms. From managing, reviewing and tracking design reviews inside and outside of the organization, to digitally signing and validating PDF documents in a 3D workflow, to protecting and controlling sensitive information in 3D PDF files, the LiveCycle platform helps organizations — including those in the manufacturing industry — improve operational efficiencies while enabling more effective communication with customers and partners.
PROSTEP has been a trusted partner of Adobe’s over the years with our LiveCycle products. We believe this expanded partnership will help achieve an even higher level of use of 3D PDF technology in the global manufacturing industry, and we are looking forward to collaborating closely with PROSTEP to better serve our customers and partners in this market.