Acquired Rights Management for Office and CAD

I am pleased to announce that Adobe has acquired the FileLine Digital Rights Management (DRM) division of Navisware. The acquisition will extend the capabilities of Adobe LiveCycle Policy Server, providing protection for native Microsoft Office and CAD documents.

Acquiring FileLine will allow Adobe to protect the entire information lifecycle — from creation in native file formats through distribution and collaboration to archival and destruction. As a result, organizations can:
*Ensure the reliability of their electronic information
*Enhance the protection of intellectual property and sensitive information
*Safeguard the privacy of customers
*Comply with regulations governing electronic information

The FileLine DRM capabilities are anticipated to be integrated into LiveCycle Policy Server for release in Fall 2006. This release will enable organizations to secure a broad range of documents such as financial, government and engineering documents, and will support auditing, expiration, revocation and version control of these documents, features currently available for PDF files only.