[Scribus] Creating PDF forms whose data can be saved with acrobat reader

Gregory Pittman gpittman
Mon Mar 3 14:55:13 CET 2008

Craig Ringer wrote:
> The usage rights feature used for this is documented in the PDF 
> Reference 1.6 section 8.3
> The signature will be to restrict who can use this feature. Quoting the 
> reference: "The signature is used to validate that the permissions have 
> been granted by a bonafide granting authority."  In a quick skim read I 
> didn't see any definition of what such a granting authority might be, 
> but the answer is probably "Adobe and major partners". A quick bit of 
> searching of Adobe's site finds a lot of information about how to use 
> their products (the Java interface to their libraries, the LifeCycle 
> products, Acrobat, etc) to manage usage rights, but nothing on how an 
> external developer might be able to do it.
> In other words, enabling form saving in Adobe Reader probably costs big 
> bucks.
This is of interest, and worth figuring out. It's not clear to me that 
this is entirely in Adobe's interest to restrict this usage -- 
encourages someone to develop a more open forms format.

I've always felt that this is one of the big ways that proprietary 
formats are very wrong -- I take *my* data, *my* creative input, and it 
gets held hostage in a format I do not have complete rights over -- very 
very wrong.


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