This is news that’s just breaking.
I talked with Adobe officials on Friday and they are opening up the PDF specification. It will release the full PDF 1.7 specification to AIIM, the Enterprise Content Management Association, for the purpose of publication by the International Organization for Standardization, ISO.
If you haven’t looked at PDF for a while, here’s a short list of what’s new in 1.7 vs. 1.6:
- New Print characteristics; paper selection, page range, copies, and scaling.
- New portable collections, IE, PDF packages.
- New Requirement handlers.
- Added improvements to 3D.
- Added improvements to annotations.
- Added improvements to tagging.
- Added improvements to digital signatures.
So, why would Adobe do this? Tons of governments are forcing standards-based purchase requirements and Adobe wanted to make sure that its customers could continue choosing PDF and Acrobat as a standards-based way to send information around the network, they told me in a press call on Friday. Here’s Adobe’s press release on this topic. Hey, who said press releases weren’t useful?
I’ll try to find other blogs to link to, but for now I’ll just link to an Adobe search on Google News. The press embargo ends at Midnight Eastern Time, so it’ll be interesting to see who gets stories about about this.
Does this change your view of PDF?