Their other products are worthless if the pdf format is not
standard. Who would produce a pdf document if all the users of 
it had to pay not only the producer, but some thrid party, to view
it. There are many free alternatives. The reader has to be free to compete
with MS word and html and nsf and a host of other formats.

Pat McCann
GMU Undergrad

On Thu, 21 Sep 2000 [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:

> I just read the series of correspondence considering the Xerox machine and 
> the usage of the term "Xerox" to refer to photocopying. Now the problem I 
> have does not have to do with the term but with the use of advertising by 
> providing a free product.  Adobe acrobat and its free reader for pdf files 
> was the first thing that came to mind.  Is it really cost effective for Adobe 
> to provide a free pdf reader when they could possibly sell it on the open 
> market.  I know they sell other products related to pdf files, but is the 
> advertising of the free reader really encouraging people to take advantage of 
> their other products or is it causing people to abuse the reader and its 
> benefits.   Seon

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