PDF to become an open, ISO standard

Adobe says it has released the full PDF 1.7 spec to the Association for Information and Image Management, which will convert it into an ISO standard. Interestingly, Adobe's announcement precedes the public release of both Vista and Office 2007 -- both of which implement XPM, the so-called "PDF killer"

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I found it on digg... and copied it.. because I honestly couldn't figure a way to even phrase it better..Digg's Version


Adobe Press Release

Here's the Adobe Press Release dated January 29, 2007. From the press release:

“Today’s announcement is the next logical step in the evolution of PDF from de facto standard to a formal, de jure standard,” said Kevin Lynch, senior vice president and chief software architect at Adobe. “By releasing the full PDF specification for ISO standardization, we are reinforcing our commitment to openness. As governments and organizations increasingly request open formats, maintenance of the PDF specification by an external and participatory organization will help continue to drive innovation and expand the rich PDF ecosystem that has evolved over the past 15 years.”


yea but the press release didn't say 'we are doing this because we are scared of Microsoft'


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I thought that there was some rumblings because Adobe wanted to take MS to task by including a native PDF file save option and negotiations 'broke down'. Then MS said some thing like (in theory) "fine, Adobe, we won't include a native PDF save option... but people are free to download a free add-on that will allow them to do it... happy now?"

XPM Sucks

XPM is a ridiculous format by any stretch of the imagination. PDF has true portability with file utilities being cross-platform from a bazillion vendors already. Funny that we all feel the need to use Word when in 90% of situations a simple text editor is all that is necessary.

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