Future Adobe Systems Inc PostScript printing and imaging systems will be based on Wind River Systems Inc’s Tornado development environment and its VxWorks operating system, following the forging of a strategic agreement between the two companies. Adobe is dropping its proprietary real-time operating system, and high-end laser printers, pre-press equipment and other imaging products based on Adobe’s PostScript document creation language will now run VxWorks and developers will use the Tornado tools environment. In time the agreement is expected to simplify design for printer makers and for those who develop products to work with them. Wind River says its Tornado toolset speeds up product development time, therefore improving time to market, and the VxWorks real time operating system will enable a system to print documents over local and wide area networks and the internet, including Adobe’s WebReady printing solution. Tornado is available for use with Unix, Windows 95 and Windows NT host systems and is integrated with VxWorks, the operating system used in the recent Mars Pathfinder space project (CI No 3,170). Alameda, California-based Wind River software will be applied to all of Adobe’s embedded and printing system platforms. It is likely that the companies will work together on multimedia products to merge technologies and make it possible to download images from a digital camera over the internet and print them on a remote set-top box’s printer.
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