Adobe hands over copyright to PDF format

Adobe has expressed interest in making the movement of digital document files more open, and having their format (PDF), being the popular standard. PDF's will soon become the international standard for electronic documents after Adobe handed over the copyright to ISO.

"By releasing the full PDF specification for ISO standardization, we are reinforcing our commitment to openness", says Kevin Lynch, CTO at Adobe.

Most businesses use PDFs as the main way of transitioning from paper to electronic documentation, and now a slew of new readers, writers and development tools for the format will likely be unveiled in the near future thanks to the move.

The new PDF standard is called ISO 32000-1.

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(tele-fragd said @ #7.1)
Just what I was thinking. PDF is a great format and this'll definitely help to cement its use for many years to come :)

Absolutely

pdfcreator is a good open source pdf creation engine. It works just like acrobat in the it creates a pdf printer. See sourceforge.

sumatrapdf aka sumocrappdf sucks so bad.

(that would be the end of my comment, but i will expand to avoid wars)

The reason being: it takes too long to load and "render" images/text, on my 1.6ghz Dual 1GB ram, it takes it like 10-20 seconmds to render a image, while adobe 9 does it instantly or few secs.

Beacause I'm on OS X, PDF's have always been apart of the system. However, hopefully now I won't have to send my resume's in as .doc because the moron interviewers don't like PDF's!?

A lot of employers use software to screen resumes. Chances are, many of them don't even get to an actual person before they're discarded. From what I've heard, a lot of these screener programs are not compatible with the PDF format. Perhaps that may now change soon.

(NeoTrunks said @ #13.1)
A lot of employers use software to screen resumes. Chances are, many of them don't even get to an actual person before they're discarded. From what I've heard, a lot of these screener programs are not compatible with the PDF format. Perhaps that may now change soon.
Yeah I knew that. Personally, if a company is going to use a screening program, I don't want to work for them anyway. And if it needs to be in .doc they are using the wrong program to read resumes. PDF's are suppose to be used for this sort of thing you moron companies, not .DOC!!!

(rm20010 said @ #13.3)
I question employers who think it's professional to send resumes in Word documents. :ermm:

I second that. I want my formatting to all remain the same so that when the employer receives it, they see it in the same way I do. All the employer has to have is one slight difference in settings and all my layout gets screwed up because of it.

Then again, if employers are using 'automated tools' for their selection process, they deserve to get the 'bottom of the barrel' candidates.

(mayamaniac said @ #14)
great, now what about flash?

QFT

If anyone has watched, I'm sure they're lining up flash paper as a replacement for PDF.

They've opened up the specifications to Flash, but even so, there is a mountain of work that needs to be done in implementation. IMHO they should just opensource the Flash plugin - there is no value in it. The value is derived from the tools that make the content, all the plugin is, is a way for the end user to access that content. Its like a television in otherwords. The value is what comes to the television, not the television itself.

PDF has options, so the document author can restrict that if they want. If not, they can allow the layout to be moved around.

A lot of the time, you don't want your layout messed around with, though. PDF is great for that.

Actually there's already xPDF, Evince, Foxit, and more. There's a lot of support for PDF even when Adobe held the copyrights. But now it will get even better
Yes there are plenty of readers but as far as I know, not too many can edit and for free too.

(Kreuger said @ #17)
Yes there are plenty of readers but as far as I know, not too many can edit and for free too.

OpenOffice 3 is supposed to have the ability to edit PDFs (and not just export to them). Looking forward to that! There is a free Linux program called PDFEdit but it is a bit tricky to use.

(James7 said @ #17.1)

OpenOffice 3 is supposed to have the ability to edit PDFs (and not just export to them). Looking forward to that! There is a free Linux program called PDFEdit but it is a bit tricky to use.

IIRC, the latest version of Evince (which uses the popper back end) is apparently meant to have editing abilities too.

Editing PDF from a programmers point of view is pretty difficult considering that it is doing something it was never designed to do - the idea of electronic forms an after thought in many cases.

(HalcyonX12 said @ #18)
Now MS just has to hand OOXML over to the ISO... Well, if they're still persuing that I mean (since they adopted ODF).

Why? OOXML is an ISO standard for some time already.
And Adobe threatened to sue MS if they allw export to PDF.

(RealFduch said @ #18.1)

Why? OOXML is an ISO standard for some time already.
And Adobe threatened to sue MS if they allw export to PDF.

Apparently there are attempts to over turn it. Mind you, comparing OOXML to PDF, is comparing Apples with Orange. The more correct comparison would be PDF vs. XPS. IMHO Microsoft should submit XPS to a standards body.

As for OOXML, IIRC it is already an ECMA standard. I think the issue so many have with OOXML is the complexity (which is justifiable), if I was Microsoft I would provide a opensource implementation under *BSD licence (clean room implementation) and allow others to use that in their products. It would stop the whining from the OSS world, and Microsoft could point and say, "hey, it can be done".

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