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Adobe Central Output Server was a product line that was developed by Adobe Systems to help enterprises create professional looking output documents, in both printed and PDF formats.

Product family[]

The Adobe Central Output Server family included the following:

  • Adobe Central Pro Output Server
  • Adobe Output Designer (formerly JetForm Design)
  • Adobe Output Manager
  • Adobe Web Output Pak
  • Output Pak for

Product history[]

The software began as JetForm by Canadian developer Indigo Software,[1] which was established in 1982 and later became known as JetForm Corporation.[2] JetForm became Accelio on September 17, 2001,[3] and then was acquired by Adobe on April 15, 2002.[4] Some of the original staff regrouped in Australia as Indigo Pacific,[5] which developed electronic forms for sister product Adobe LiveCycle.[6]


In February 2013, Adobe announced the end of life of the Adobe Central Output Server family of products, with Adobe LiveCycle Output ES4 as a recommended replacement. Support for these products ended on June 30, 2016.[7] Many of the features from Adobe Central Output Server and Adobe LiveCycle were later migrated to Adobe Experience Manager Forms.[8]


  1. JetForm-Design by Albert May, InfoWorld, p.64-65. 1989-06-26.
  2. Company Backgrounder, JetForm Corporation. Archived 2000-04-17.
  3. JetForm Becomes Accelio, Accelio Corporation. 2001-09-12. Archived 2001-09-25.
  4. Adobe Completes Acquisition of Accelio Corporation, Adobe Systems. 2002-04-15. Archived 2002-04-18.
  5. About Us, Indigo Pacific. Archived 2010-11-23.
  6. Adobe LiveCycle: Red Tape Slashed for SMBs with Government switch to Intelligent Forms, Adobe Magazine. Spring 2005.
  7. The Central Output Server family is scheduled to be discontinued on June 30, 2016., Adobe Systems. Archived 2003-02-16.
  8. Migration from Adobe Central to Adobe Experience Manager (AEM) Forms, 4Point. 2016-06-30.

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Adobe LiveCycle
ES · ES2 (ES2.5) · ES3 · ES4
Central Output Server   |   LiveCycle Assembler   |   LiveCycle Designer   |   LiveCycle Document Security
LiveCycle PDF Generator   |   LiveCycle Policy Server   |   LiveCycle Workbench
Replaced by Adobe Experience Manager Forms in 2014