Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 4th Apr 2011 22:59 UTC
Windows And yes, the stream of controlled Windows 8 leaks continues. This time around, Thurrot and Rivera have published a number of screenshots from Windows 8's brand-new tablet user interface, and surprise surprise, its built on Metro, the same design language that underpins Windows Phone 7. Windows 8 will also include its own PDF reader, Modern Reader, which also happens to be the first application packaged in Microsoft's new AppX format. Update: Long Zheng has some technical details on AppX, including this little tidbit: "The extensive list of properties signifies the comprehensive scope of this system to be the ideal deployment strategy for 'applications', in all essence of the word. In fact, the AppX format is universal enough so it appears to work for everything from native Win32 applications to framework-based applications and even *gasp* web applications. Games are also supported."
Thread beginning with comment 469021
To view parent comment, click here.
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
RE[4]: PDF reader ?
by FealDorf on Tue 5th Apr 2011 01:03 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: PDF reader ?"
FealDorf
Member since:
2008-01-07

The deal is actually that the present version of PDF has so many interactive elements that it's no longer "Printable Document Format".

I liked PDF back when it was on vinyl.

Reply Parent Score: 7

RE[5]: PDF reader ?
by Spiron on Tue 5th Apr 2011 01:14 in reply to "RE[4]: PDF reader ?"
Spiron Member since:
2011-03-08

Apart from PDF actually meaning 'Portable Document Format', you say that the current version has too many interactive elements. How many people USE all of those elements. I for one have always used it as a static document format, where everyone sees what i want them to see regardless of what OS or program they are using. thats also how most people I know use them. Occasionally I will get one that requires annotation but thats a rare occurrence.

Reply Parent Score: 2

RE[6]: PDF reader ?
by phoenix on Tue 5th Apr 2011 02:49 in reply to "RE[5]: PDF reader ?"
phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

The worst PDF I've ever come across is an information update request form for the provincial ministry of education. It's a PDF, with a bunch of Forms fields you edit. Then you click a button to submit the PDF ... which runs a bunch of script to create ... a PDF, that is attached to an e-mail, and sent via MAPI (which means it won't work on non-Windows systems, or even Windows systems without MS Office installed).

And it's just a handful of text fields!!

This is the "new and improved, network-enabled" version of this form. Previously, you had to call the ministry, they'd fax you a form, you fill it out, and fax it back.

It's things like this that just scream to be made into a web-based form, with a database behind it.

It's things like this that give PDF a bad name. ;)

Reply Parent Score: 6

RE[6]: PDF reader ?
by Neolander on Tue 5th Apr 2011 06:54 in reply to "RE[5]: PDF reader ?"
Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

Regularly, there are forms in the university's PDFs. That's the only situation where I need Adobe's reader... or foxit.

Reply Parent Score: 1