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Topic: Questions on the Acrobat SDK License
Conf: (P-PDF) Developers, Msg: 56136
From: jflipp
Date: 5/29/2002 05:17 PM


I work for a german software company. Our product is a media data base and we
intend to write a plug-in for Acrobat (NOT Acrobat Reader) that can be
remotely controlled and adds images and text snippets to PDF documents.
As far as I know, this is technically feasible.
We want to sell this plug-in together with our product to our customers
who already have Acrobat or get it from elsewhere.

To make this clear, by Acrobat I mean the software package which also
contains Distiller and Catalog and costs a couple 100$. By Acrobat Reader I
mean the, well, reader for PDF documents which everybody can get for free.

Now I had a look at the EULA accompagnying the Acrobat SDK and found some
legalese which is not 100% clear to me.

I quote from the Acrobat SDK EULA:

You agree that You will not use the API Information to do any of the

(a) remove the menu item that calls up the Acrobat "About Screen" in any
Acrobat product or any product incorporating an Acrobat Product or any part

(b) create or develop any program or software that can both (i) communicate
with Acrobat Reader AND (ii) that can also modify or save a PDF
(Portable Document Format) document (including saving any modifications to a
separate file for such documents);

(c) create or develop any program or software capable of viewing a
PDF document that exposes the APIs described in Section 1, above;

(d) create or develop any program or software that will work as a plug-in
with Acrobat Reader, unless specifically licensed to do so by Adobe; or

(e) open encrypted documents without the authorized knowledge of the document
passwords or violate the access rights specified for a document, or create
any products that will perform either of such functions.

End of quote.

First question:
The functionality of our plug-in is completely analogous to that described in
(b), except that our plug-in works with Acrobat and NOT Acrobat Reader. So
our plug-in is legal. Did I get this right?

Second question:
(d) does not apply to our plug-in since, again, it works with Acrobat and NOT
Acrobat Reader. (I know that plug-ins for Acrobat Reader must explicitely
Reader-enabled from Adobe). Did I get this right?

Is there anybody who has experience with licensing questions concerning
Acrobat plug-ins?

Suggestions, hints, comments, and, most of all, decisive answers would be
greatly appreciated.


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