Adobe’s PDFGets ISO Certification

July 2nd, 2008 at 12:00 am

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The popular Portable Document Format (PDF) from Adobe Systems is now an international standard for Document Management.  The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) made the announcement of the new standard, ISO 32000-1:2008.

The standardization of the PDF follows just after a year since Adobe made plans to open up the portable document format to the Association for Information and Image Management (AIIM).  Of course this was one of the requirements for the ISO certification.

In a press release from the ISO, Adobe Chief Technology Officer Kevin Lynch was quote, "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."

Basically, with the standardization of the PDF, Adobe becomes more attractive to governments, and organizations.

However, with consumers, meaning the personal, non business users, PDF may still have a hard time catching up or even buying Adobe PDF products such as document converters.  PDF has had a hate and love affair with web users especially with the slow loading times of PDF documents in browsers using Adobe Reader which led Apple to integrate a reader in their Safari browser and Firefox to collaborate with Foxit.  Moreover, a lot of web surfers would choose to view PDF’s in HTML sacrificing formatting for speed.