PDF Competition Overview

By Deane Barker on August 19, 2004

Beyond PDF: Digital Delivery Develops: Interesting article on the future of the PDF and competing platforms that have developed to knock PDF of its perch.

Yet it has its share of critics who complain that it’s not the most effective digital distribution method. Among its most famous broadsides was Jakob Nielsen’s June, 2001 Alert Box column in which he concluded that the PDF was great for printing out documents, but lousy for online reading. Others complain about Acrobat Reader’s load time, especially on Web sites. In spite of these criticisms, the PDF has solidified its place as the leader in electronic document distribution.