Adobe has launched a new publishing tool called Project Rome. It is a new all-in-one content creation and publishing application targeted to consumers, small businesses, and educators. Simply put, it provides a way for the general public to create rich multimedia documents without having to purchase or learn complicated desktop publishing, design, Web creation, or multimedia applications. This product lets users produce printed, electronic, and Web-based documents featuring integrated graphics, photos, text, video, audio, animation, and interactivity. Project Rome is available both as an Adobe AIR desktop program and as a browser-based Web service. Project Rome produces the output in formats such as PDF, SWF, JPG, PNG, SVG, or FXG or Web files.
Project Rome has tight integration with cloud-based computing and the ability to share files via Adobe Acrobat.com, Google Apps, or via the Project Rome Template Exchange. From social networking point of view, users can also publish links to their creations directly via Facebook, Twitter, and Google buzz. The new publishing product is still not available on mobile phone and other portable devices.
Adobe is offering Project Rome now as a free preview, seeking feedback from users before launching it goes commercial. Pricing for the commercial version is not announced yet. However when released, Project Rome will be offered as a paid subscription service. You can learn more and try out this tool at: http://rome.adobe.com/
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