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September 25, 2008

Farewell Richard Wright

If you haven’t heard already, the music world lost a key member of the legendary rock band Pink Floyd last week. How does this relate to Adobe Acrobat? Read more after the break…

Richard Wright, the keyboardist responsible for the band’s distinctive sound, passed away at the age of 65 after a battle with cancer. He was an original member of the group joining founding members David Gilmour, Roger Water, and Nick Mason on stage in a reunion performance at Live 8 in 2005. He remained close to band mate David Gilmour participating in recent collaborations like On an Island and, just announced this morning, Live in Gdansk.

The reason that David Gilmour and Richard Wright are relevant to us today is that David chose, as part of the Live in Gdansk announcement, to share a live performance of “A Great Day for Freedom” with his fans in a PDF document. The PDF file contains a full video performance as well as a photo gallery and lyrics sheet.

Click on image to see it larger.

While it’s a great example of the new ability to combine multiple media types, it also demonstrates the option to either embed multimedia for offline playback or stream it to the file in order to minimize file size.

Take a few minutes, download the PDF file, and rediscover two great musicians of our era.

Thank you, Richard.

Chris French, Acrobat Product Manager

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  • By Jim Green - 11:54 PM on September 24, 2008  

    You are a genius to combine him with PDF document, nice

    [Jim - Thanks for the vote of confidence. We can't take credit for creating the PDF document. It was created by Harry Hemus of Dividi Projects. - Chris]

  • By Harry Hemus - 7:41 AM on September 26, 2008  

    This is my first entry on this blog.
    Hope you liked my David Gilmour efforts
    I’m really grateful to the guys at Adobe for their support.

  • By Guitar Dad - 6:22 AM on September 27, 2008  

    Rick Wright was a frickin’ genius and one of the trippiest innovators on the keyboard ever. Thanks for your post. Check out my homage to the master at

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