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Screenshot as an API


Screenshots as the Universal APIโ€‹

Rethinking the PDFโ€‹

  • It's founder, John Warnock (co-founder of Adobe), prototyped a compatibility layer where documents would look and, most importantly, print (!) the same regardless of the computer they were viewed on (1993 video). This is the PDF (File Format).
  • The "killer app" for PDF (File Format) was tax returns - the IRS adopted PDF (File Format) in 1996 because of a rumored frustration with the US Postal Service.
  • Things that lack: