PDF is one of the most popular file formats in the digital world. The popularity of this format mainly depends on its universality. You can easily share the PDF files with other users. The PDF files appear same on all devices so you do not need to worry about the formatting of the document. This is because PDF does not rely on any hardware/software or the operating system used. So, no matter on which device the recipient is receiving the file, it will appear the same.
Apart from this, there are many other features of PDF due to which this file format is preferred the most. PDFs are more secure as compared to other formats such as MS Word, PowerPoint etc. PDF files are read-only so these files cannot be edited without leaving an electronic footprint.
Hence, this feature prevents the access to the file by unauthorized users. Moreover, PDF files can help in creating a collaborative environment at the workplace. The employees can access the same PDF file at the same time and can also make comments to the file.
In this article, we have discussed the journey that how did the PDF format become so popular. The PDF format is a great success story. The history of PDF shows that how a product can become a worldwide standard in the technical field. This is one of the greatest examples and can help those who want to build the products that aim to become a technology standard. If we look at the history of PDF, then this file format had a tough competition with other formats like DjVu, Envoy, and Common Ground Digital Paper in the early 90’s.
What was the future vision of John Warnock
In the initial stages, PDF did not work as an independent product but it was launched under Adobe by John Warnock who was one of the persons who founded the company. The main aim of John was to come up with a technology that can help in shifting to the concept of a paperless office. He wrote in the Camelot Project, a paper outlining Warnock’s idea that can you imagine sending different documents containing the textual data as well as the graphics over an email? The document can be newspapers, magazine articles, technical manuals etc.