I have slightly changed the title to 27 years of PDF since I am involved with this data format already since 1991.
25 years ago this first video spot for Acrobat and PDF was produced:
The video clearly shows the intention of Adobe to change office communication with Acrobat and PDF.
This legendary video is very well done and extremely funny. It’s worth viewing this historical document (6’20”). Enjoy… 🙂 😀 😆
During their spring meeting the Ghent Workgroup (GWG) has celebrated on June 15th the 25th anniversary of Acrobat and PDF. The press release contains a review of the last 25 years and the role of GWG is acknowledged.
In addition short video statements of over a dozen GWG members were collected (below).
I have also contributed a one minute video:
On June 15th, 1993 Adobe Acrobat 1.0 was introduced in New York.
Beforehand the software code named Carousel was tested over year. I was one of the early beta testers.
Acrobat 1.0 consisted of three different products which were sold separately. The editing software Acrobat Exchange (including PDF Writer), Acrobat Distiller for converting PostScript to PDF and Acrobat Reader for viewing PDF documents:
Bryan Lamkin, a long time Adobe manager wrote an article about the 25th anniversary of Acrobat on the Adobe Blog.
He talks about the Camelot white paper written by John Warnock, founder of Adobe Systems, which is considered the starting point of PDF and Acrobat.
Acrobat 1.0 was introduced officially on June 15th, 1993 in the Equitable Center in New York.
In the last 25 year documents have evolved from printed paper pages with text, graphics and images to digital documents including videos, interactive objects and links. PDF was adopted contiously to the changing requirements.