DjVu, pronounced like the French déjà vu, is a document format similar (and in competition to) Adobe System’s Portable Document Format (PDF). Developed shortly after PDF, DjVu boasts higher compression ratios and many have argued that it is superior to PDF. Despite better compression, the format never enjoyed the same widespread adoption that the PDF did and it remains a relatively obscure format.
Where DjVu has found a high level of adoption is among projects such as the Internet Archive’s Million Book Project, where open standards/source are valued.
- By Jason Fitzpatrick on 07/25/13