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

S B sbinsandiego
Wed Mar 5 02:07:51 CET 2008

And here I thought "PDF" was an open standard...???!!
Steve Bradley

On Mon, Mar 3, 2008 at 11:20 PM, Maciej Hanski <ma_han2000 at yahoo.de> wrote:

> Louis Desjardins wrote:
> > I just checked with Acrobat Pro version 8 and I find the following
> option:
> > Advanced Options > Activate the Rights for Acrobat Reader (I am
> translating
> > from French, so it might no be exactly that wording in the English
> version).
> > What I understand from the dialog that pops up is that this will allow,
> from
> > within Acrobat Reader, to save a copy of the form once it is filled
> > on-screen.
> This is new to Acrobat (since version 8), at the time I looked for an
> appriopriate solution  there was no other option than Adobe Reader
> Extensions (see the wikipedia article).
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adobe_LiveCycle_Reader_Extensions#Acrobat_8_Professional
> >
> > I haven't gone through all the doc about Adobe LiveCycle but I
> understand
> > that this solution is to allow a web-based PDF creation process and is
> aimed
> > at fairly large group of people. It is not a desktop solution. When you
> look
> > at the technical specs, you see that it implies servers and databases.
> I am fully aware how this solution works. I did read their docs a few
> years ago, the intended target audience would be a "fairly large group
> of people", and  "servers and databases" would not pose a challenge to
> my employer. The problem was the price and lack of other solutions to
> enable saving data for Adobe Reader users.
> > There is a cost for Acrobat Pro 8 and I wonder whether this option could
> be
> > offered as well into Scribus? Since we can already do most of what
> Acrobat
> > Pro can do, I wonder whether we have also the right to implement such
> > Advanced Options in an OSS.
> Quoting the abovementioned wikipedia article:
> "The EULA for Adobe Reader now forbids enabling features found in
> Acrobat except via files enabled via licensed Adobe Reader Extensions.
> This, it has been argued, would prevent third parties reverse
> engineering the system and offering alternative software since the end
> users would be in a situation of license violation"
> Although I do not like Adobe's monopolist attitude regarding PDF forms,
> the risks of implementing such features directly in Scribus are pretty
> obvious.
> cheers
> Maciej
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