This week in PDF: Adobe CEO passes the torch

This week in PDF has seen Adobe’s CEO pass the torch, an update that adds forms functionality to a PDF creation and editing application and the release of a piece of consumer book-to-PDF conversion software.

First up, Adobe CEO Bruce Chizen has announced that he will step down on December 1. He will be replaced by current president and chief operating officer, Shantanu Narayen, who will retain his title as president and join the board in December. Chizen, meanwhile, will serve out the remainder of his term on the board and stay on in an advisory until the close of 2008. After 14 years with Adobe, Chizen wants to ‘take a break’.

‘This will be the first time in my life I’ve had a chance to take a step back and figure out what I want to do for the rest of my life,’ Mr. Chizen said. ‘As much as I love Adobe products and employees, I didn’t want to find myself at 55 saying, ‘Gee, I wish I had done something else besides Adobe.’ The role of CEO is all-consuming.’

Finally, Atiz Innovation has announced the release of its digital book ripper designed for individual consumers. BookSnap transforms printed books into the widely available PDF format, allowing users to access their favorite books on common devices such as a laptop, PDA or eBook reader. With the ability to digitize books at rate of 500 pages per hour, BookSnap can be a tremendous boon to consumers, avid readers and family archivists wishing to preserve and share their personal libraries. More information can be found on Atiz Innovation’s official web site.

That’s it for this week. Watch this space!

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