- 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 Introduces Reader 5.1
Now the multimedia industry returned to PDF for a second look to see whether there was a viable solution to Macromedia Director, and decided that there was. The Adobe–Macromedia multimedia battle had begun.
At the turn of the millennium, the Internet was just starting to become a powerful force for delivering multimedia. The majority of North America was still using a dial-up connection, so streaming video into a PDF was not reasonable. Corporations and schools were experimenting with PDF and QuickTime video on internal networks and CDs, but few commercial titles were being released using that format.
Director had become the preferred application for authoring interactive CDs, and every multimedia company had at least one experienced staff member to create Director-based presentations. Macromedia altered Director to produce small interactive "Shockwave" animations with the hope that they would find a place on the Internet—this was the first incarnation of the SWF Flash format that is so popular today.