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Re: Player Pro and Packages

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  • Subject: [mg87993] Re: Player Pro and Packages
  • From: AES <siegman at stanford.edu>
  • Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2008 14:36:42 -0400 (EDT)
  • Organization: Stanford University
  • References: <200804150947.FAA24752@smc.vnet.net> <fu4fnb$nkc$1@smc.vnet.net> <fuhf8r$i8o$1@smc.vnet.net> <fuhr0n$rir$1@smc.vnet.net>

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.


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