Productivity monkey wrench – Word/PDF

Just a short comment about something very annoying I just read. 

Brian Jones – Legal Issues around PDF Support

"Adobe didn’t like that we provided the save to pdf functionality directly in the box"

Sure, Microsoft does not exactly have a flawless record when it comes to standards and APIs and interoperability and such.  But the fact of the matter is, everyone uses Word and everyone uses PDF.

When I see big companies doing things that make it harder for people to work with market-leading standards/formats, it always boggles my mind.  In our information overloaded world, we already all face enough challenges being productive.  Tossing in extra steps to convert between formats that are dominant standards just makes no sense to me.

Hopefully Adobe will see the light here and we’ll end up actually seeing this integrated functionality.  I know it’s something that would be useful to me.  As Brian asks, I’ll be letting Adobe know.  I hope you all do too.

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