Adobe FrameMaker 7.0 is about to ship, the company has revealed.

FrameMaker 7.0 is the latest version of Adobe's solution for multichannel network publishing. It offers a word processor-like user interface from which users can create content to publish for a variety of platforms, including Web, handhelds and print. One new feature is its support for XML (Extensible Markup Language).

“There's quite a bit of power behind XML,” said Joanne Buckner, senior product manager with Adobe's FrameMaker team. "When authoring content in XML You're able to store content in a media-neutral format and apply business rules to that content."

The solution can also output content as an Adobe PDF file, in HTML or an e-book/handheld-friendly format.

Commenting of the value of XML-based solutions in publishing, Ray Schiavone, president and CEO of XML-solutions firm, Arbortext, said: “We're beginning to realize that information is dynamic, and the question becomes, how do you keep it in sync?”

Writing content in XML allows a user to make modifications to the text and have those changes automatically reflected in every medium that is published.

Schiavone observed: “There's a tremendous hidden cost in getting information out. The challenge is, how do you do it most cost-effectively?”

FrameMaker 6.0 cost £655. The US price for version 7.0 of the application is $799. Though not built to run on OS X, it's able to run in the Classic environment of Apple's OS. The company has also released a server version of FrameMaker that can be used to publish high-volume content. This costs $7,999 and runs on Mac and Unix operating systems.