Adobe Systems Incorporated introduced Adobe AlterCast, a new dynamic imaging server software. AlterCast allows Web publishers to automatically generate and repurpose images and graphics within existing content management and e-commerce solutions, enabling the efficient creation of visually rich Web sites. AlterCast is built on Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator technology, while also supporting industry-standard image file formats. AlterCast automates the process of managing large image libraries. With AlterCast, graphics professionals will be able to replace text within graphics on the fly while still maintaining support for transparency, animation and layer effects.
AlterCast automatically optimizes files for delivery on any Web-enabled device, including PDAs and cell phones. By using a single image source file to generate multiple iterations, AlterCast helps reduce data storage requirements. Adobe also announced agreements with Documentum and Interwoven to integrate AlterCast with their content management systems. Adobe AlterCast is expected to ship at the beginning of 2002 in North America only. AlterCast will be priced on a per-CPU basis, with processor packs ranging from an estimated street price of US$7,500 for a one-CPU system to an estimated street price of US$60,000 for high-performance enterprise applications.