Motherboard: “PDF is secretly the world’s most important file format”

PDF Association staff // March 7, 2018

PDF in general News


Motherboard screenshotMotherboard, which "...travels the world to uncover the tech and science stories that define what's coming next for this quickly-evolving planet of ours." has noticed that PDF is everywhere... and may be the world's "most important" file format.

For sheer pervasiveness, it's hard to disagree. PDF really is everywhere. Users can - and do - replace paper, and paper workflows with PDF everyday. It's happening.

The article provides a potted history of the world's favorite electronic document format, including an amusing video highlighting certain shortcomings of office-worker life in the early 1990s - the world before PDF.

It really is quite surreal to notice how many routine tasks PDF has touched - and changed - since 1993.

The article highlights the significance of published standards as a key feature of PDF's success, but also: "Let’s just admit something straight out: Standardization is boring." Sure, it's not for everyone, but in a file format as complex and feature-rich as PDF, enabling common understandings of the specification is in everyone's interest. That's where the PDF Association comes in.

As Motherboard points out: "...PDF still has a story, and that story is that of a format that promises to be even more valuable in the decades to come." Oh, we agree.

Read "Why the PDF is Secretly the World's Most Important File Format" on Motherboard.


ABOUT THE AUTHORS

PDF Association staff

The PDF Association is the meeting-place of the PDF industry. The staff of the PDF Association are dedicated to delivering the information, services and value the members have come to expect. Staff members of the PDF Association include: Duff Johnson (Executive Director) Thomas Zellmann (Managing Director) Matthias Wagner (Operations Director) Alexandra Oettler (Editor) Nicole Gauger (Editor)

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

PDF Association staff

The PDF Association is the meeting-place of the PDF industry. The staff of the PDF Association are dedicated to delivering …

© 2019 Assosiation for Digital Document Standards e.V. | Privacy Policy | Imprint