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Topic: Using Acrobat on a Server
Conf: (P-PDF) Developers, Msg: 95529
From: LouH
Date: 8/30/2003 05:46 AM

Some people here post Acrobat is not licensed for use on a server (ie, ASP). I think there some conflict of interest by some consultants/3rd party vendors who say no way you can't.

For Acrobat, 4.0 at least:

1. There is nothing is the Adobe license that says "you cannot install on a server".

2. The SDK EULA also does not forbid that. It says you can develop applications using their products, subject to:

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API INFORMATION USE RESTRICTIONS
You agree that You will not use the API Information to do any of the following:

(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 thereof;

(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.
***************************

So, IMO, Adobe does not want you to use Acrobat and the API to create a competing product USING their very own product.

There is NOTHING I have seen that says you can put it on a server to prefill forms and/or create PDF's on the fly. In fact, I've seen desciptions given by Adobe explaining how to do this.

This is exactly what the FDF toolkit is for. And for it to run, it needs an Acrobat installation.

So I'd like to see some feedback from people who've dealt with this issue. Are the later releases more restrictive?

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