Adobe Systems says it is on track to ship a much-enhanced version of its Acrobat document management software by the end of the year.

Acrobat X is a major update to the suite of tools for authoring PDF documents. It described as the lynchpin of Adobe's new Intelligent Document Platform strategy.

The Intelligent Document Platform includes Intelligent Documents, a Universal Client and XML powered Document Services that mean PDF documents can be integrated into business processes and extend beyond the firewall.