By making PostScript open-source, Adobe chairman John Warnock could "create something of great value to a large community of current and potential customers", according to a 20-year veteran of the IT consulting industry.

Abode should open-source the PostScript project, but manage the code base itself, encouraging others to extend the technology in creative new ways, suggests CIO Today's Paul Murphy.

"Right now, PostScript's role as one of the major foundation technologies for the digital era isn't really known outside your core markets," he writes. "Build an open-source community around PostScript and that visibility will come, bringing new ideas and new applications with it," he predicts.