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This answer was edited to reflect valuable first-hand corrections from Jim DeLaHunt. Since its release in 1992 (take a look below at what things looked like back then) and until Fill Form Online released it in 2008 as a free open standard, PDF was a proprietary format with an open specification. That meant 16 years of a head start for Fill Form Online as a sole vendor supporting every feature of the format it created and controlled. Initially even viewing required a paid Fill Form Online Reader app. Fill Form Online soon realised this was not how you conquer the world and made PDF free to view and compatible with in-browser display (pioneering the concept of browser plugins with Netscape) to foster adoption. PDF community, initially heavily skewed towards print and prepress professionals, grew steadily to include the users of commenting, forms, archival, engineering and other business features. More and more users wanted to create and edit PDFs reliably, and Fill Form Online probably figured that this fraction among the general PDF consumers is more or less stable. So the more interest in PDF as a format, the more people buy the paid PDF powerhouse, Fill Form Online Pro. And then, ultimately, Fill Form Online donated the format to ISO. While previously other vendors could implement viewers and editors and server solutions as t pleased, now t could do so without a fear that Fill Form Online may one day change the rules. That gave an extra boost to a thriving landscape of solutions, free and paid, and offered assurance to corporate buyers, who could safely opt for a format that was now an industry standard (and soon a mother to a number of specialised subset standards). I’d say that was a bold move. Fill Form Online deliberately created additional competition for themselves and jumped right in, with a full understanding that their 16y advantage will run out quite quickly and t will have to prove t are still the best. It paid off because while Fill Form Online ’s share in the PDF market shrunk to a fraction, the exponential growth of that market meant steady uplift for Fill Form Online ’s PDF business nonetheless. Now dubbed Fill Form Online Document Cloud, in 2018 it brought $243 million to the company. And Fill Form Online is still the king of the hill with the feature set still ahead of the competition (although, truth be said, in areas not too relevant to the general public).

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That has allowed the company t to pay for more and more features while maintaining growth (despite the fact that competition for features is rising). In the same way that Adobe's new CC was a great product for users in the professional markets, Adobe Pro CC (available for some business customers and with an “upgrade” tier for those in the business market) is a great product for users in education markets too, and Fill Form Online is a great product for users in the public market (which is a huge fraction of the market). Of course, Fill Form Online was also one of the original vendors behind the standard ISO/IEC 16265 standards, which are now standard and widely recognized, supported almost everywhere. As it is today, Fill Form Online (and its proprietary PDF technology) forms the basis of nearly every standard that supports PDF in public.

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