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Re: PDF grief - was Re: Flash is open?

On Fri, 2010-05-14 at 07:51 -0400, Steve Fishpaste wrote:
> On Fri, May 14, 2010 at 07:14:18AM -0400, John A. Sullivan III uttered:
> > On Fri, 2010-05-14 at 06:52 +0000, Camaleón wrote:
> > <snip>
> > > Look at PDF. PDF became a ISO/IEC standard but we (at linux) still lack 
> > > for a PDF editor that can compete with Acrobat Professional.
> > <snip>
> > That comment really strikes home.  We are working on a potential major
> > Windows desktop replacement project.  The two things that are absolutely
> > killing us are email and a viable substitute for Acrobat Standard.  We
> > can roughly mimic everything Acrobat does but only with create
> > complexity, taking ten times longer to get it done, using several
> > applications in the process, having less than comparable results, and
> > making the process detestable to the end users who wonder why would
> > anyone give up Windows for this.  There are couple of admirable efforts
> > out there but they have a very, very long way to go - John
> There are competing products to Acrobat Standard; they're not free
> though. But the problem is not that other's can't; it's just that most
> people don't realize what a complex bit of software engineering
> developing a PDF editor is; if it's to be useful at all.
> Check out acrobatuser.com where vendor products for Acrobat other than
> just Adobe are often reviewed/discussed/used.
Thanks for the reference.  By taking a peek at the noble pdfedit
project, I could begin to see how complex this is and Adobe has done an
excellent job in Acrobat Standard as much as they incense me as a
software company - John

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