Adobe to Release PDF for ISO Standardisation

The PDF specs which has been around for a long time, will soon be released as an open standard, according to this press release by Adobe. Quoted from the press release:

“Today’s announcement is the next logical step in the evolution of PDF from de facto standard to a formal, de jure standard,” said Kevin Lynch, senior vice president and chief software architect at Adobe. “By releasing the full PDF specification for ISO standardization, we are reinforcing our commitment to openness. 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.”

The question that begs answering would be why now? Adobe has skirted around making PDF an open standard for ages. Probably, in some was or another, Microsoft’s push for XPS adoption has probably got something to do with it… although Adobe probably won’t straight out admit it, of course 🙂