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Re: Player Pro and Packages
In article <fuhr0n$rir$1 at smc.vnet.net>, Jean-Marc Gulliet <jeanmarc.gulliet at gmail.com> wrote: > From the Adobe Developer Connection website: > > "The PDF specification was first published when Adobe Acrobat was > introduced in 1993. Since then, updated versions of the PDF Reference > have been made available from Adobe via the Web. A significant number of > developers and systems integrators offer customized enhancements and > extensions to Adobe's core family of products. Adobe publishes the PDF > specification to foster the creation of an ecosystem around the PDF > format. The PDF Reference provides a description of the Portable > Document Format and is intended for application developers wishing to > develop applications that create PDF files directly, as well as read or > modify PDF document content." > > http://www.adobe.com/devnet/pdf/pdf_reference.html > > (Note that this is why open source as well as non-Adobe commercial > software can legally read and create, and even add goodies to, PDF > files. To name a few: OpenOffice, PDFCreator, Mac OS X, ...) Thanks much for this. Seems to me that Wolfram, and those thinking of Mathematica notebooks as a widespread publication or communication format, should seriously ponder the middle sentence "Adobe publishes the PDF specification to foster the creation of an ecosystem around the PDF format." --- an ecosystem, note, which does not directly require anyone, authors OR readers, to purchase any Adobe products.