The Future Of Publishing Blog by Thad McIlroy



October 2nd, 2007

The Adobe War Against Microsoft

If anyone was wondering whether or not Adobe has declared war against the (ostensibly ailing) Microsoft, the evidence became unmistakable on October 1. I continue to marvel at Adobe’s “Mouse That Roared” approach to the battle: its market cap is slightly less than 10% of Microsoft’s. But the war has certainly begun. We can argue…

September 19th, 2007

Document Standards

If you’ve been following the industry news in the last few weeks you may have noted that Microsoft failed (narrowly) to secure ISO approval for Office Open XML (OOXML). Your eyes may also have glazed over while you moved on to the next story. There are some extremely complex issues that underlie this story. They…

April 3rd, 2007

The PDF ISO Standard

Much is being made of Adobe Systems recent announcement that “it intends to release the full Portable Document Format (PDF) 1.7 specification to AIIM, the Enterprise Content Management Association, for the purpose of publication by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO)”. The main hubbub surrounds the contention of several bloggers that this represents another attack…