The Caffeinated Penguin

musings of a crackpot hacker

deja vu

Posted By on December 18, 2010

Okay, so PDFs kind of suck. They’ve added so much crap to them that they’ve got a pantload of possible vulnerabilities, and the format has become so overgrown that trying to find a program that isn’t acrobat reader that can consistently read all variations is impossible. Evince, for example, while generally quite good (and indeed, my default reader) can’t read anything coming out of Pinnacle Entertainment Group.

Enter djvu. It is a new(er) document format designed primarily to allow for space-efficient representation of scanned documents. It has more uses beyond that, however:

  • It decompresses very quickly, making it excellent for mobile devices.
  • It generally takes up the same amount or less space than a comparable PDF. Again, good for mobile devices and the internet.

So, uhm, use .djvu more. The more folks who use it, the more vendors will support it.

Just like .ogg.


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