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Old 06-10-2003, 09:18 PM   #1
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PDF Licensing

Where can I get some good information on the PDF format? I found this to be somewhat helpful;

However I cannot find the *FORMATS* licensing. Since it was designed by Adobe, I doubt it'd free(dom). My main goal in this is to decide wether or not PDF is ethical and if not, whats a good free(dom) equiv.
Old 06-10-2003, 09:59 PM   #2
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This page wikipedia links the pdfspec.pdf which should have the info you want. Page 15 has "Copyright permission to use PDF"

ghostview can convert postscript to/from pdf

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PDF format

kghostview will display and print PDF files. I prefer using kghostview over acroread.

Since kghostview is released under the GPL you can probably find a description of the PDF file format in the kghostview source code. kghostview does not come as a separate package, as far as I know. In SuSE 8.1 kghostview is part of the kdegraphics3-postscript package.


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