[Scribus] offtopic: microsoft must pay to adobe to include pdf exportcapability
Mon Jun 5 20:13:41 CEST 2006
> In this case it looks that Adobe bases their action on anti-trust claims
> (if they really want to do that, so far I've heard only the MS side).
Indeed. If the MS side does represent the truth or close to it, I can't
see how Adobe can get anywhere. The anti-trust argument would be
significantly limited by the fact that:
- There are many free PDF creators already; there is little
"value" to be "destroyed" in this market through the release
of a low-end PDF tool in Office.
- Adobe hasn't gone after any of those free tools.
- Adobe themselves released the PDF spec under a license that
permits Microsoft, or anybody else, to implement it.
In this, so far, I tend to take MS's view. If Adobe's being
misrepresented, they're being awfully quite about it, too.
Of course, as someone who has the misfortune to deal with Publisher
users, I'll be delighted at any built-in PDF capability. Few of them
have Acrobat, and getting a free tool like PDFCreator installed and set
up over the phone is often an extended and painful experience. I've just
had them bring in a laptop (or one time, a desktop) so I can do it
myself in more than a couple of cases. Being able to direct them to hit
the pretty PDF button and email me would be nice. Being able to send the
user a preset to use would be nicer, but isn't available as of the
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