Drupa Day 5: A Busy Monday
Day 5 - A fairly busy day today, a lot of news and visitors. Like a colleague exhibitor remarked: it feels like Drupa officially started today.
Quite a bit of news that got my attention today:
- Adobe Acrobat 9 was announced today. The next version of Adobe's flagship PDF application. I watched a small presentation about it. And one of the main areas that caught my attention is the tighter integration of Flash into Acrobat. Adobe is doing the integration game. Adobe has all this formidable technology, but integrating PDF with Flash ... I'm a skeptic.
- Enfocus is opening up its Certified PDF spec. I used to work for Enfocus, and the Certified PDF spec was a closely guarded secret. It surprised me that it was put in the open, this is good news for other vendors who would like to be compatible with Certified PDF. Interesting experiment. Read more about it here...
- We got some very interesting and interested visitors over to our booth, looking specifically for our XPS technology and products. This is very encouraging, and I hope we can do business with them (preferably with all of them ;-) )
- A few colleagues/competitors came by. Always interesting chats ('if you show me yours, I'll show you mine').
And then some shocking, saddening news: David Watson, CEO of Ultimate Technographics Inc.
died last Saturday here at the show - a heart attack. This is extremely sad news. I only spoke with him last Friday on our booth, and lately we discussed XPS quite a bit.
Tomorrow I got a presentation again on the Drupa stage - always a bit nervous for these kinds of undertakings, but last Friday it went pretty good.Update: Monday was actually day 5, I'm losing count due to the great many days this show takes ;-)