However, Adobe is discontinuing its 'document' DRM service and rolling
out a much more expensive product more focused on media and music
industries. Virtually every content provider who once used Adobe DRM is
scrambling to find an alternative.
If you are looking for an alternative, the most functional and most
popular is FileOpen (www.fileopen.com). This product has always been
far superior to Adobe's and is much less expensive. Adobe tried to copy
FileOpen's application for some time, but never really came close. In
my view, the only reason Adobe gained any traction was their name and
FileOpen can do all that Adobe does plus much much more. The difference
is this: Adobe provided a plug-and-play service with established
business rules. You install the software and you use their rules.
FileOpen is a "box of DRM tools" that allows you to design your own DRM
solutions and set your own business rules. This is far more
advantageous to content owners who might have different ideas of how to
sell and lock down their content.
We've used FileOpen for about 4 years, and although they are a small
company with minimal support staff, their product is very impressive
and, when they are reachable, they are always responsive and helpful to
Email me offline with any other questions.
Techstreet / Thomson Scientific
Thanks for the background info. I had not looked at FileOpen before.
I don't know much about Adobe's new product (LiveCycle). All I know
(and mostly based on hearsay) is that the product is *much* more
expensive and is designed more for media providers (music, video and
related media). If you are delivering simple documents, LiveCycle is
probably overkill, too expensive, and may not even have the right
features for document DRM.