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Re: papers for archive.org

100 years from now, there had better be something that can read ALL pdf files, 
or this "archival" concept is a joke.


---------- Original Message ----------
From: Paul P <turtlecroc@yahoo.com>
To: dinosaur@usc.edu
Subject: Re: papers for archive.org
Date: Tue, 27 Apr 2010 10:52:36 -0700 (PDT)

The latest version of Acrobat Reader for Mac OS9 is v5. 
No, not too many people using OS9 anymore, even though 
it is impervious to computer viruses and has tons of 
excellent free software available, but still, nothing 
should need a version of AR later than 4 or 5. 

The real problem is that Adobe has made an industry out 
of updating Acrobat Reader and they have a vested interest 
in seeing the latest version constantly downloaded. Then 
they set the default exporter in *Acrobat* to make any 
exported PDF--even if it's just plain text--*require* 
the very latest version of Acrobat Reader. etc. 

This is known as "western ingenuity" or "the free market". 

--- On Tue, 4/27/10, Richard W. Travsky <rtravsky@uwyo.edu> wrote:

> From: Richard W. Travsky <rtravsky@uwyo.edu>
> Subject: Re: papers for archive.org
> To: dinosaur@usc.edu
> Date: Tuesday, April 27, 2010, 9:43 AM
> On Mon, 26 Apr 2010, David Marjanovic wrote:
> > Rescued from truncation:
> >
> >>  Who scans and uploads papers to
> archive.org..? As far as i can
> >>  tell,=20 anyone can.=A0 SO, if you're going
> to do this, please make
> >>  your PDF=20 compatible with Acrobat Reader 5
> or later (or better yet,
> >>  AR4 or=20 later).=20
> >>
> >>  "Portable document format" doesn't mean
> anything when you have to=20
> >>  keep downloading the latest version of
> Acrobat reader. It's idiotic
> >>  to=20 make a PDF that requires Acrobat
> Reader 6 or later. Thanks.=20
> >>
> >>  Paul P.
> >
> > Incidentally, I disagree. Acrobat Reader is free, so
> you _can_ simply
> > download the latest version (currently 8). Or do the
> newer versions not
> Actually, 9.something  ;)
> > work on all operating systems?
> >
> > That said, pdfs of scientific papers are rather
> unlikely to require
> > features that weren't yet available in version 3.
> Yes and no. I've seen a couple folks here have problems
> downloading with  older versions of the Adobe reader.


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