Archive for April, 2007

U.S. Department of Defense to Deliver eForms with Adobe LiveCycle

Adobe Systems Incorporated today announced the United States Department of Defense’s (DoD) Forms Management Program has licensed Adobe Acrobat Professional and Adobe LiveCycle software. The new solution will help automate processes and streamline operations by providing fillable forms to all DoD entities, including the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard and Joint Chiefs of Staff, as well as the Office of the Secretary of Defense and Defense Agencies.

“Government agencies and militaries around the world are realizing the benefits of Adobe solutions and tools to deliver services to their constituents,” said Eugene Lee, vice president of vertical and solutions marketing at Adobe. “By incorporating Adobe’s software, the DoD Forms Management Program will be able to easily institutionalize automated processes that allow DoD officials to meet their mission requirements faster and more effectively.”

The DoD Forms Management Program will provide nearly 1,000 electronic PDF forms across the military, ranging from officer commissions to facilities, medical claims, purchasing and accounts payable. DoD constituents will be able to electronically fill, save, digitally sign and submit Department of Defense (DD) and Secretary of Defense (SD) forms electronically using the free Adobe Reader that is present on every desktop. By applying a digital signature with their Common Access Card (CAC), DoD users will be able to save time and minimize the need for hard copies.

“By leveraging the free Adobe Reader that already exists on DoD desktops, we aren’t forcing our users to download additional software,” said Robert Cushing, Program Manager for the DoD Forms Management Office. “Additionally, our DD and SD forms become more portable and user friendly in field environments. The Adobe LiveCycle solution will provide an efficient and cost-savings addition to the DoD Forms Program.”

Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Reader desktop software has been certified by the US DoD JITC.

Adobe unveils standalone Flash video player with content protection

Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced the Adobe® Media Player™ at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) trade show. This desktop application expands Adobe’s Internet video solutions, adding to an emerging ecosystem that enables new ways to distribute and monetize media, while helping viewers discover and view high-quality content both online and offline. Leveraging Adobe’s Emmy® Award winning Flash video architecture, the Adobe Media Player delivers more engaging video experiences to viewers while offering content publishers new abilities to distribute, track, protect and build businesses around their media assets. A preview of the new player is being shown during NAB, April 16 – 19 (Booth SL 3220).

Building on Adobe’s rich history of document protection technology, Adobe Media Player plans to offer content publishers a range of DRM protection options, including streaming encryption, content integrity protection and identity-based protection.

Adobe Media Player is developed using Apollo, the code name of Adobe’s recently announced application runtime that empowers content publishers and web developers to build and deploy rich Internet applications (RIAs) on the desktop using technologies such as Flash, PDF, and HTML. Adobe Media Player is planned to be available as a free beta download from the Adobe Web site later in 2007 with full availability expected by the end of the year, from Adobe and a wide range of media and technology partners.

DoD Certification of Acrobat and Reader 8

The United States Department of Defense Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC) has certified both Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Reader version 8.

Many programs supporting the Department of Defense missions require security services, such as authentication, confidentiality, non-repudiation, and access control. The JITC certification demonstrates compliance with DoD policy as well as showing confidence that the applications are properly and securely using Public Key Infrastructure.

Here are the direct links for certification of Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Reader

Certification was also achieved for Acrobat and Reader version 7.

Acrobat and Reader Security Docs

If you’re looking for more details on how digital signatures, encryption, and other security features work in Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Reader, here are some good resources updated for v8:

Document Security User Guide for Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Reader Version 8 (PDF, 2.2 MB)
This document describes how to configure and use the application user interface, register a digital ID for use in Acrobat, and manage other people’s public key certificates within your system.

Digital Signature User Guide for Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Reader Version 8 (PDF, 3 MB)
This guide describes the digital signature features of the Acrobat 8.x family of products both for Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Reader Version 8 users as well as for security administrators.

Adobe Acrobat 8 for Microsoft Windows Group Policy and the Active Directory service (PDF, 378KB)
This document describes using Group Policy to deploy Acrobat 8 or Adobe Reader 8 products on a Windows network.

Sharing Acrobat settings and data with FDF files in Acrobat 8 (PDF, 456 KB)
Learn how to use FDF files to exchange data between the Acrobat family of client and server products.