Wolfram Research says it has developed the Computable Document Format (CDF), a new document format that allows the person who creates a document to embed code, thus enabling the data to be manipulated in real time when the user downloads the document.
Wolfram says that unlike Adobe's current PDF format, which limits users to looking at images and reading documents, CDF enables the user to interact with documents. However, one downside to CDF is that users will have to download and install a 150 MB installer, which takes up around 500 MB of drive space.
Analysts say that Adobe will likely either license CDF and incorporate the new standard into PDF, or develop its own way of doing the same thing. Either way, analysts say the new programmable document type will benefit users in the end, especially if the technology winds up on cell phones or tablets.
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