World of PDF

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Two interesting posts on our Web site over the past two days regarding what has been heretofore known as the World of PDF. First, the PDF/A standard was finalized by ISO.Second, as foreshadowed in a recent edition of DIR, ScanSoft has announced support of XPS – Microsoft’s alternative for PDF. From what we understand there are currently about 1,000 developers that have software that can create PDF – Microsoft, of course being the notable exception. We wonder how long it will take XPS to reach that same level – if it ever does?

Also, as far as imaging goes, we’ve had quite a bit of dicussion recently on highly compressed PDF documents – employing segmentation and JBIG-2 technologies. We’re not even sure XPS supports JBIG2 – but nonetheless, it is a Microsoft driven stnadard.



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