Friday, July 22, 2011


Wolfram Group just launched an open format contender to Adobe's throne and it's hoping you'll adopt it. Introduced today, the Computable Document Format (CDF) "puts easy-to-author interactivity at its core," breathing animated life into otherwise static infographics. Not a programmer? No need to worry, the company promises the two-way diagrams are "easy enough for teachers, journalists, managers, [and] researchers to... create."

We've seen Microsoft's XPS take a similar crack at dethroning the reigning format king, only to find itself in portable document oblivion. We'll just have to wait and see if CDF's a more noble contender. In the meantime, head on over to the Wolfram site to download the free player and see for yourself the possible future of live textbooks, tables and charts.

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