jbeamon at home.com
Tue Jul 10 21:28:03 CDT 2001
Choppy, the comment I made at the beginning of this thread was why don't
we use 'readers' to handle office documents instead of 'editors'? I was
*specifically* looking for an app that would read documents, not edit
them, and do it on multiple OS platforms. The whole issue of MS Office is
that those docs can only be faithfully *read* on Windows. Even if someone
sends me something simple like a letter or a little address book in a
spreadsheet, I have to have Windows and possibly MS Office components just
to read the thing.
There's a business justification for PDF files. I know of organizations
that only distribute documents in PDF format because they CAN'T be edited
by the recipient. You were touting that as a "one way street" and as a
bad thing. It's *exactly* what I was talking about when I started this
thread. They're designed to preserve the author's original format, much
more faithfully than HTML even, and to be read-only by the recipient in a
free, multiplatform downloadable reader. The linux download of acroread
4.05 is 5.44 MB. If that took you two hours, I'm very sorry. It's on the
cd of virtually every Linux distro...
Maybe we've miscommunicated my earlier point. I was asking why there
wasn't a practice of converting business docs to pdf before distribution.
The format and content are preserved. They can be read anywhere in a
browser plugin. They look just like the original design when viewed by
the recipient. Word Perfect Office finally implemented Save As PDF for
just these reasons, and I applaud them. It always strikes me as odd when
my employer, the largest Sun support provider in the world outside Sun
itself, distributes things like timesheets and simple memos as Office 2K
docs...which can't be read on Unix and require a $450 license fee for the
editors. Odd, that.
On Tue, 10 Jul 2001, Chopin Cusachs wrote:
> Date: Tue, 10 Jul 2001 16:49:35 -0700
> From: Chopin Cusachs <cusachs at bellsouth.net>
> Reply-To: brluglist at brlug.net
> To: brluglist at brlug.net
> Subject: Re: [brluglist] WINE
> Need to be careful. PDF is a one way street.
> Word Perfect, current version, can export to it,
> but not open and modify a document once encoded.
> To do that you need to pay more than I can justify
> to get the Acrobat program.
> PDF documents can take forever to download on
> a slow dialup connection; I tend to avoid them for
> this reason. Even downloading the free reader
> took a couple of hours. PDF format, I understand,
> is very much like a postscript stream enclosed in
> file packaging. It is not to be confused with the
> postscript printer language or the Ghost program
> for replicating hard drives or ghostwriter module
> to print to a Wintel printer. I much prefer plain
> If you just want to read and print a MS Word document,
> you can use WordPad, a part of Windows, or download
> a viewer/printer, free from Microsoft. WordPad has some
> basic editing capabilities, but not the editor of choice
> for Dustin's next book.
> At 01:34 PM 7/10/01 -0700, you wrote:
> >Right, I'm familiar with all the utilities that
> >convert to PDF. I meant the office type apps. Which
> >makes me wonder if Open Office has this capability?
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