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Wir fahr’n fahr’n fahr’n auf der Autobahn


Wir fahr’n fahr’n fahr’n auf der Autobahn

Over the years, I have had many conversations with developers and consultants from all over the world about Aquaforest’s PDF & OCR technology. Naturally, the mainstay of these discussions has been focussed on document processing, OCR conversion and optimising performance. However, there is one question that pops up on a regular basis to which you will not find an answer on the forums or in the FAQ.

“Where did Autobahn DX get its name?”

When I first joined Aquaforest back in 2006 and started my product training my thoughts immediately turned to Kraftwerk’s 1974 Autobahn single which for those of you that may remember was a staggering 22 minutes long. Kraftwerk inspired a generation with their futuristic electronic music stemmed in technology and in fact, nearly 40 years on they are largely credited for being pioneers in electronic music and for prophesising a world controlled by technology similar to the one we live in today!

A loose and tenuous link you may proffer but I like it!

However when a good chap from the Netherlands asked me recently where Autobahn got its name and whether we were a German software company, I decided to embark on a journey to uncover the real influence behind Autobahn DX.  I asked my boss of 7 years Neil Pitman, founder of Aquaforest, CTO and Patti Smith fan, what inspired him to use the name ‘Autobahn’.

“Actually, in a way the software was inspired by Kraftwerk’s Autobahn as we wanted to convey a sense of ‘no limits’, speed and streamlined performance, much like the German autobahns. The –DX was added afterwards as we wanted to give it a unique handle, and the DX allowed the software to be picked up in search engines”

In all fairness, this is a pretty good analogy as Aquaforest’s Autobahn DX software is comparable to the legendary German autobahns – fast, well-constructed  and allows for powerful driving!

So there you have it, I can honestly proclaim that Aquaforest’s Autobahn DX software was inspired by the German masters of electro-pop.

Thanks Kraftwerk!

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Neil Pitman founded Aquaforest Limited in 2001 and is the chief architect for the company’s PDF and OCR software products used by thousands of organizations ranging from NASA to the Dutch Ministerie van Justitie. Neil has 30 years’ experience in the software industry in the UK and USA in the areas of database systems, document management and software development tools and has served on the IDT committees of the British Standards Institute (BSI) and was a co-author of the BSI’s 2007 publication on the Long Term Preservation of Digital Documents.