RE: Adobe and pdf files

2000-09-21 Thread Erik Burns

wait a second: you can only READ .pdf files if someone has MADE them first,
and to MAKE them you need to buy the full fledged product. the logic is that
by spreading the reader around for free you create demand. else it would be
a completely closed circuit. note, Microsoft offers a Word reader for .doc
files, and Real.Com offers a viewer for .rm files, all free.

i would say that, more than being cost effective, it is absolutely necessary
for Adobe to pass on its reader in order to stimulate use of the system.

etb

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 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





Re: Adobe and pdf files

2000-09-21 Thread Pat McCann

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
 






Re: Adobe and pdf files

2000-09-21 Thread Alexander Guerrero



Alexander Guerrero wrote:

 Anyoneo who uses acrobat reader to read PDF documents, in the near future will
 enjoy the need to reverse the proces, that is to convert PDF to word and other
 way around. On leads to the other and you for Acrobat Destiller y Exchange and
 get  the reader "free".

 Alexander

 [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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