ISO Sets PDF as Default

If you've been looking for an open and standard format for exchanging documents, search no more, as yesterday brought the official ISO approval of Adobe's Portable Document Format as an international standard.

Adobe first submitted the format for approval as an international standard in February 2007. Long before that, however, it had become a de facto standard for the exchange of documents, particularly in business. As a standard — designated ISO 32000-1 — it is now open to anyone who wants to develop applications to create, read, and manipulate PDF files. It will also see wider adoption in popular software packages, including the industry-leading Office suite.
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