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Dynamic Media: Music, Video, Animation, and the Web in Adobe PDF by Bob Connolly

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Chapter 4. Why Use PDF for Rich-Media Publishing?

In 1993, John Warnock invented PDF and Adobe Acrobat (originally called Camelot). As a cofounder of Adobe Systems, Warnock recognized the need to eliminate the difficulties impeding “our ability to communicate visual material between different computer applications and systems. Today’s paper-based information is hampered by the physical media. Acrobat technology liberates information and the flow of ideas and allows it to enter the electronic age.”

Acrobat and PDF have gone through a lot of growing pains since their inception. In fact, it took five years for the products just to gain momentum. Currently, PDF has a few competitors in the electronic document world, and they offer similar capabilities. ...

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