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From Andy Brown <>
Subject Re: A first try to remove some copyleft components from the build
Date Mon, 18 Jul 2011 20:24:07 GMT
David McKay wrote:
> On 18/07/11 20:50, Andy Brown wrote:
>> Mathias Bauer wrote:
>>> On 18.07.2011 20:21, Mathias Bauer wrote:
>>>>> 1) xpdf (GPL'd) is a run dependency, this is linux/unix
>>>>> specific. PDFBox may be a replacement.
>>>> This component is used for the pdf import extension, not for OOo
>>>> itself.
>>>> The pdf import extension is not built by default, there is a configure
>>>> switch to enable it in the build. In that case xpdf would be
>>>> required. I
>>>> think that this already fulfils the legal requirements that building
>>>> lgpl code must be "opt-in". So as far as I can see, this is not a
>>>> "to do".
>>> Giving it one more thought: it would be still a to do if we wanted to
>>> have a pdf import extension released by Apache. So perhaps a to do with
>>> minor priority.
>>> Regards,
>>> Mathias
>> If we do include the pdf import extension I would like to see it
>> rewritten to do a better job of importing.  I have seen to many post in
>> the forums about the way that it works.  My suggestion would be to drop
>> it completely.
>> Andy
> A lot of the issues I see on the forum regarding the PDF extension are
> to do with expectation. People seem to think this extension is going to
> give them a full-blown PDF editor with the capabilities of the Adobe
> tools. When they discover it is for tiny corrections and typo fixes they
> feel let down. That's not to say there aren't any bugs in it, there may
> well be. But I don;t think the PDF extension was positioned or described
> sufficiently to provide users with the correct expectations.
> Dave.

I agree with you that it is the expectations that cause the real
problem.  For me it is a waste as it does not do as most people expect.
 An OCR import would be a better option, if we can find one.


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