Mark Stephens Mark Stephens has been working with Java and PDF since 1999 and has diversified into HTML5, SVG and JavaFX. He also enjoys speaking at conferences and has been a Speaker at user groups, Business of Software, Seybold and JavaOne conferences. He has a very dry sense of humor and an MA in Medieval History for which he has not yet found a practical use.

Does Adobe have a future?

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There is a very revealing article on the New York Times website about the last events of the last year and the future for Adobe. Whatever else, people will continue to produce content and with PDF, Flash and Photoshop, Adobe provides the key ingredients for many people. The challenge is to see how they respond to this opportunity.

This week also sees a big Adobe conference (Adobe MAX), so there are lots of interesting new developments appeearing. Hot on the heels of Acrobat X, we also have an online cloud service to create and publish content (project Rome) and projects to bring more sophisticated advertising to Flash, keeping it competitive with other solutions.

Adobe has a strong entrenched position and lots of ideas so I think it has a potentially promising future – what do you think?

IDRsolutions develop a Java PDF Viewer and SDK, an Adobe forms to HTML5 forms converter, a PDF to HTML5 converter and a Java ImageIO replacement. On the blog our team post anything interesting they learn about.

Mark Stephens Mark Stephens has been working with Java and PDF since 1999 and has diversified into HTML5, SVG and JavaFX. He also enjoys speaking at conferences and has been a Speaker at user groups, Business of Software, Seybold and JavaOne conferences. He has a very dry sense of humor and an MA in Medieval History for which he has not yet found a practical use.

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