Adobe: Black Hole Rising
Adobe ties documents to back-end apps. XML allows roundtrip transactional workflows. Instead of taking a distributed approach to data access, Adobe introduced a server architecture for feeding PDF files with dynamic data. The advantage of PDF files has always been that they are not tied to a server architecture, and this is the wrong direction to go at a time when data access should be migrating to the client.
I'd be happy to use a PDF with XML and scripting built into the document, but it is almost useless to me to distribute PDFs that rely on the new Adobe Document Server that may not be available at critical times. This seems to be an invitation for firewall problems making a "smart" document suddenly very stupid.Posted by Mitch Ratcliffe at October 21, 2002 09:52 PM | TrackBack