- The Race to Rich-Media Domination
- Adobe Steps into the Interactive Arena
- Adobe's Mission: One Application for Print and Interactivity
- Adobe Redefines the Office Workflow
- Page-Based vs. Timeline Formats
- The Cost of Playback
- Adobe Introduces Reader 5.1
- Multimedia Moves to the Web Page
- Acrobat's Best Friend: Adobe InDesign
- InDesign Gets Interactive
- A Polarized New-Media Industry
- Rich-Media PDF and Disruptive Technologies
- Building a Team That Includes Everyone
- Reader 8 (PDF 1.7)
- Commenting and Forms
- Attached Files
- Viewing Interactive 3D Rich Media
- Adobe and Macromedia
Adobe Steps into the Interactive Arena
Over the years, Adobe slowly enhanced the PDF specifications to include audio and video, and with each new version of the free Acrobat Reader (now known as Adobe Reader), Adobe increased the rich-media playback functionality (although Adobe never promoted this functionality until just recently).
The strength that PDF had over a Director presentation was that it could launch full screen and fill the window using Adobe PostScript graphics. Director presentations were fixed to the user's computer display size, and users were often presented with black frames if they did not reset their monitors manually.
Unfortunately, the multimedia community concluded that PDF was for printing only, and admin assistants were happy to stick with the simple-to-use features of PowerPoint.