Wolfram aims to bring documents to life with PDF rival

The Computable Document Format, or CDF, aims to bring a more dynamic and interactive experience to documents

Wolfram rolled out its Computable Document Format on Thursday, aiming to turn documents into interactive applications.

The goal is to turn "lifeless documents" into ones that bring data to life, show the data behind assumptions and illustrate concepts. Conrad Wolfram, strategic director of Wolfram, said the CDF effort has now reached the point where the company can open it up to developers, publishers and other interested parties.

Wolfram is still working out the business model behind CDF, but publishers have shown "great interest". For now, CDF is delivered via a free player. One big challenge will be figuring out the interplay between CDF and PDF. Conrad Wolfram said that "the CDF format will be open" with the goal of becoming a public standard.

For more on this ZDNet UK-selected story, see Wolfram launches new document format, meet CDF on ZDNet.com.


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