On Thu, Apr 23, 2015 at 08:40:50AM +0900, Stephen J. Turnbull wrote:
But one thing we all agree on is that our software should empower our
users to address their own needs. PDF is a proprietary format

PDF has been an open standard (as much as 'open standards' are) since
July 2008.


     While Adobe Systems made the PDF specification available free of
     charge in 1993, PDF was a proprietary format, controlled by Adobe,
     until it was officially released as an open standard on July 1,
     2008, and published by the International Organization for
     Standardization as ISO 32000-1:2008,[4][5] at which time control
     of the specification passed to an ISO Committee of volunteer
     industry experts. In 2008, Adobe published a Public Patent License
     to ISO 32000-1 granting royalty-free rights for all patents owned
     by Adobe that are necessary to make, use, sell and distribute PDF
     compliant implementations


         -- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portable_Document_Format


(The recent MS Office formats are also open standardized: Office Open
XML etc)

More important for the current application, Adobe has
also released buggy versions of its popular Acrobat Reader that
crashed a supposedly advanced operating system (Windows NT)

Hasn't NT been End of Life-d now for over 10 years?




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